Why Does My
Cat Throw Up After Eating Dry Food?
Many cat owners have observed this happening at one time or
another and can’t help but ask, “Why does my cat throw up after
eating dry food?” After all, the cat is eating dry cat food.
It’s not like its being forced to eat something that’s not
specifically formulated for her. So why the vomit session?
Many cats, unfortunately, are known to disgorge dry food
that they’ve consumed. It may sound like a strange occurrence,
but the behavior is more common than many pet owners think.
There are also a lot of reasons why it happens.
Before pinpointing the exact reason for it, though, it’s
important to watch your cat’s actions before and after throwing
up. That will help narrow down the reasons why he vomits.
Does your cat look uncomfortable after eating the dry
Cats that have a strict dry food diet often throw up after
eating because once the dry food mixes with the rest of their
stomachs’ contents, it expands. This expanding feeling isn’t
very comfortable and they throw up to ease their
2. Eating Too
Is your cat eating his food like it’s going to disappear in
the next few seconds?
If your cat is eating too fast, it’s highly likely that he
isn’t munching on his kibbles properly. And large chunks of
food go down unchewed or partially chewed, there is a very big
chance that he will throw it back up.
Cats, as you may have already noticed, give themselves baths
by licking themselves. This action, unfortunately, makes loose
hair stick to their tongues and eventually get swallowed. When
there’s too much hair present in the cat’s tummy from all the
grooming sessions, it can trigger the cat to throw up his food
just to get rid of the gross hairball, too.
Has there been a change in your cat’s diet? Was there any
change to his home environment? Any of these can cause stress
for the feline. A stressed cat may feel ill after eating and
thus, throw up his food.
It could be the presence of an ingredient in his dry cat
food that he happens to be allergic to. That could explain the
vomiting. However, it’s also possible that your cat has a
parasitic infestation, diabetes, or even ulcers in the
6. Cat Food
Sometimes, cats develop allergies to their food. Dyes in cat
food, for one, don’t always agree with them. Cats also do not
need things like grains in their diets, being obligate
carnivores. But many dry cat foods have grains as fillers.
So how do you
fix this cat vomiting issue?
For cats that eat too fast and regurgitate, use warm water
to wet the kibbles just a little bit. This approach might help.
You can also try feeding him his favorite dry food in smaller
portions each meal. Some cat owners have found success in
treating hairballs using petroleum jelly. Just add a small
amount in his diet or specially-formulated dry food.
Stress, unfortunately, can only be addressed by limiting
exposure or taking the stressor out altogether. And finally, if
your cat is ill, then go and pay the veterinarian a visit.