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Q&A: My Cat Throws Up After Eating...Could It Be Anxiety?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works with dogs, cats, exotics, and livestock.

There are quite a few reasons your cat might regularly vomit after eating. Some are more serious than others.

There are quite a few reasons your cat might regularly vomit after eating. Some are more serious than others.

Why Does My Cat Vomit After Eating?

"My male 5-year-old cat is very timid, and after he eats he usually will vomit his food. Could he have an anxiety problem?" —Belamia

How to Minimize Food Stress for Anxious Cats

How long has this been going on? If this has been a problem all of his life then yes, it can be secondary to anxiety. Stressed and timid cats often have diarrhea and hide a lot more than normal too. Does your cat have any other signs of anxiety?

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The best way to help a timid cat that is vomiting after eating is to minimize the stress. Can you feed him in a separate area and leave him alone for a few hours so that his meal will settle? Do not handle him or play with him until right after eating. Sometimes that is all it takes.

Stressed and timid cats will also groom excessively, so I would be concerned about vomiting secondary to hairballs. If he is doing this every day, it can also be caused by parasites, a food allergy, or even an infection in the bowel. Here are some tips on things you can do at home for a vomiting cat.

If you are not able to find a solution from that article, he really needs to be seen for an examination. Vomiting frequently can be a sign of other health problems that need to be dealt with soon.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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