We have a 7 year old cat who is generally quite healthy. She is slightly overweight, and has been vomiting at fairly

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Customer: Hi! We have a 7 year old cat who is generally quite healthy. She is slightly overweight, and has been vomiting at fairly regular intervals; sometimes after eating sometimes not.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: It depends sometimes there is food, sometimes it is mostly liquid/ bile
JA: Could she have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: possibly although she is not a very oral/ chew oriented animal
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Eleanor Roosevelt, aged 7 I should also add she is passing stool normally
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No, i think thats it
Answered by Dr4Cats in 2 mins 11 months ago
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Hello, this is Dr. Cynthia. Thank you for contacting us. I am credentialed as a cat specialist, but I do all animals. Dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. I have over 30 years clinical experience with a degree in animal nutrition also. I will try to help with your concerns on here.

Please understand that this is a consulting site only. Without a proper physical examination we cannot by law issue a prescription for medication or make a definitive diagnosis for your pet. Based on the information that you provide we can evaluate your situation and advise you on home care and treatment or determine if it would be best to see your local veterinarian.

Thank you for the information that you have provided. Please give me just a minute to review that information I may have more questions. I will be helping multiple customers so please be patient between replies.

Thanks Dr. Cynthia!

I am very sorry that Eleanor is having this problem. I understand your concern.

I just want to be sure I understand the problem clearly. I have a few questions.

Is the vomit clear/white, yellow, brown, or all food?

Is Eleanor more than willing to eat even though she has this GI upset?

Are there plants or grass in the home?

Also, is your kitty strictly indoors? Are there other pets in the home?

they are indoor, there is a 5 year old cat that lives with her.
The vomit is usually yellow/ brown and fairly solid like cat food or yellowish clear liquid
She is eating and passing stool regularly
there are no plants that she eats, we have some aloe plants and cacti
She has no other behavior changes or symptoms, and has been active and friendly as usual.
We feed her a small can of wet food in the morning and a handful of kibble at night, she drinks from a cat fountain during the day
I should add that she is slightly overweight and we have been warned by our previous vet to watch her eating/ weight as she ages

Thank you.  To start it is possible that it is the food causing the vomiting.

If food allergy or sensitivity, the reaction could be caused by the primary food, certain flavors, or treats. Manufacturers also will change formulation of their foods based on available ingredients. It is also not uncommon for dry foods to go bad.

It is best to do a diagnostic food trial to determine if the problem is food related. For the next two weeks I would suggest offering strained chicken baby food ( https://www.beechnut.com/product/beech-nut-chicken-chicken-broth/) or boiled chicken with broth to eat only. It is soft, easy to digest, palatable, and provides needed fluids. No access to other foods or treats. If the symptoms resolve or improve add back one of the current foods at a time for 3-4 days. If the symptoms return with any of them that food must be eliminated from the diet.

Keep all plants and grass away from your cat.

If the symptoms persist or worsen, if Eleanor refuses all food, then evaluation by a veterinarian is best to determine the cause of the vomiting.  

Thanks Dr. Cynthia! We'll try that!

I hope this has helped. We try to answer your questions and concerns as best we can on this site without the benefit of a proper physical examination. Please appreciate that it is always advisable to seek local veterinary care if possible.

Let me know if there is anything further I can help you with, or if you need clarification on anything. I want to be sure that I have answered your question to your satisfaction.

You are very welcome!

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