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Is bacon grease bad for cats? Cat ate it and is vomiting.

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My cat ate a lot of bacon grease and is now barfing and not eating. She normally never barfs and always eats like a pig. I suspect she has got a plug of congealed grease in her stomach and wondered if there is something I can feed her to loosen it up. Otherwise, she would be alert, meowing, wandering around, i.e. she doesn't look or behave as if she's ill.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 years ago.


Excessive oily food can cause gastrointestinal upset. This is what you can do:

1- Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 2.5mg every 12 hours. You can find Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy. If you do not have Pepcid AC leave without anything. Do not give Pepto Bismol, it is toxic to cats.

2- No food or water for the next 8-12 hours. Need to give belly time to rest.

3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (25%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (75%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- If she continues to vomit after doing the above, follow up with your family veterinarian.

Hope the above helps.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The kitty always eats dry Iams for indoor weight and hair ball. Never canned food yet. Does that change your suggestion about the chicken of beef?

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 years ago.

No, it does not. Hope you cat feels better soon.

Good luck, thank you for using Just Answer.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I think this is great. Way better than visiting my veterinarian on Christmas Eve. He's nice, but no Santa Clause.

Anyway, I market the thing urgent and detailed. It's worth it.