Caring for a cat is usually full of cute and rewarding moments, but it’s another story entirely if they experience vomiting. The underlying cause can be one of a variety of reasons, but no matter what, it’s no fun to clean up, and you’ll want your kitty to feel better as quickly as possible.
If there’s a serious condition, taking your cat to the vet is the best solution. However, sometimes vomiting in cats can be caused by their diet, how quickly they eat, or it can be a side effect of medication. If you and your vet have ruled out major problems, consider one of these natural home remedies to ease your cat’s upset stomach and to help reduce vomiting.
The Best Natural Home Remedies for Cat Vomiting
Ginger has been used in traditional human medicine for centuries due to its many health benefits and nutritional properties. Ginger tea helps soothe the stomach lining, improves digestion, and has an antinausea effect. Ginger tea is safe to use for cats and it is a good and easy to prepare a natural remedy for vomiting.
If you suspect that a change in your cat’s diet may be the culprit, allowing your cat to fast for a limited time may help reduce vomiting.
This solution is as simple as not feeding your cat their normal breakfast or dinner. You can have your cat fast for 12-24 hours, but, of course, always make sure they have fresh water available at all times.
If you notice that your cat stops vomiting after a period of fasting, you can slowly reintroduce food and monitor them to see if the issue returns. If it does, you may want to consider speaking with your vet about the food you use or changing the food altogether. If you can link vomiting to a new food or flavor of food, it might be that your cat has food allergies and will continue to reject that particular cat food. Swapping to a new food may permanently fix your cat’s issue.
Persistent vomiting or a combination of vomiting and diarrhea can put your cat at risk of dehydration. You should not fast a cat that presents vomit with diarrhea unless prescribed by your cat’s veterinarian.
If you are fasting a cat that has just begun vomiting episodes, please ensure it is drinking enough water. You can add one part of an electrolyte solution such as unflavored Pedialyte to every 3 parts of fresh drinking water on the day your cat will be fasting. If the cat is not drinking and vomiting persists, please bring your cat to its vet.
3. Bland Diet
If you aren’t keen on having your cat fast for a day, or you’re looking to ease your kitty back into eating their normal diet following the fast, a bland diet can help continue to reduce vomiting.
Some good, bland additions to your cat’s diet can be boiled chicken or boiled hamburger meat without fat, and small amounts of white rice. These foods have protein and carbohydrates that will provide the necessary nutrients and energy to your cat. According to bland diet instructions from Two Rivers Vet, these are foods that are easy to digest and won’t cause additional vomiting.
You can begin with these foods and continue feeding them to your cat over a period of a few days while you slowly work their normal food back into their diet.
4. Petroleum Jelly or Mineral Oil
One common reason for cat vomiting, as you’re likely well aware, is the presence of hairballs. When a cat vomits, they may be trying to get a hairball out that isn’t passing properly.
If you believe a hairball may be the reason for vomiting, you can offer your feline friend some petroleum jelly or mineral oil, which is known to help hairballs pass more smoothly. Some cats, accept licking petroleum jelly right off your fingers. You can also try adding a teaspoon of pure mineral oil with no added perfumes or other substances to your cat’s normal food Never try to force-feed mineral oil to your cat, because if they accidentally inhale it, this can be very dangerous.
According to this article from experts at The Cat Doctor, mineral oil is safe for cats in small quantities and can naturally lubricate hairballs that may lead to vomiting.
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There are a few different causes of vomiting in cats, but, of course, your first goal when yours is sick is to get them feeling better as quickly as possible. If you’ve already ruled out major problems with your vet or if you know that the cause of vomiting isn’t serious, one of these natural home remedies will help to get your cat feeling better as quickly and safely as possible.
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