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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have a 3 year old (healthy!) cat who, today, has thrown

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We have a 3 year old (healthy!) cat who, today, has thrown up 3 times! I checked his eye-they're clear, he doesn't seem to have a fever, his coat is silky....we're surprised and concerned.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the cat eat anything unusual?
Customer: His usual breakfast consists of a 1/2 cat can food, dry "quibble" is always available, and of curse water. Should I be suspicious of the can food?
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: honestly, no. He's in my lap, right now, purring????
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
he is an indoor cat!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Cats are remarkably good at throwing up. This is of evolutionary benefit because it empties their stomach of nondigestible material (fur, often!) and infectious agents. They don't "house clean" vomit, however; in other words, they don't completely empty their stomach until they vomit multiple times as you've seen. Vomiting is a nonspecific sign. There are more causes of vomiting than I can list in this venue but the most important thing to know is that in an otherwise normal cat - and his purring indicates that he feels good after his vomiting - there's no reason to do anything but "watchful wait". I would fast him for 12 hours following his last vomiting episode and then reintroduce his same food. If vomiting ensued once again, the food may or may not be incriminatory but it would be prudent to replace it. If vomiting persisted for more than 36 hours, it would be prudent to have his vet take a look at him. A dietary indiscretion, furballs, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and the emergence of a food intolerance are all considerations in frequently vomiting cats.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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