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My cat has a very...
My cat has a very sensitive digestive system. I now feed her a wet diet (Wellness Natural Morsels in Savory Sauce). It is the only diet I have found that she consistently keeps down. However, today after she ate her diet she got into the other cat's dry food diet. Approximately 5 hours after feeding she threw up (which I'm pretty sure was from eating the dry diet). I noticed her vomit consisted mostly of the wet diet which had barely been digested 5 hours after eating. It is my understanding that cats have relatively fast digestive tract. How fast does it take food to travel through a cats' digestive tract? What would be the cause of the undigested food?
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Welcome to Just Answer. I'm sorry to hear about Hazel's sensitive stomach. Some cat's can have very sensitive stomachs and they will have bouts of diarrhea and vomiting when they eat foods that don't sit well. Transit of food from the stomach to exiting the colon can range from 24 to 48 hours in most cases. Why did she vomit up the "undigested" food? Most likely she ate a lot of it and it was taking longer for the stomach to break it down to pass through the intestinal tract. I wouldn't be that worried about any obstruction or motility issue at this time. Also, if something isn't sitting well - the emptying of the stomach into the intestinal tract can be delayed.

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