Symptoms and Causes of Nausea in Cats

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Home Care and Prevention of Nausea in Cats

Follow up with your veterinarian for re-examinations of your cat as recommended and administer any prescribed medications. If your cat experiences an inadequate response to prior measures, a further workup may be necessary to determine the underlying cause of the nausea.

  • Treatments for nausea are dependent on the cause. Symptomatic therapy of an episode of nausea includes withholding food and water for three to four hours. If your cat has not vomited by the end of this time, offer small amounts of water (a tablespoon at a time). Continue to offer small amounts of water every 20 minutes or so for as long as your vet recommends.
  • After the small increments of water are offered, gradually offer a bland diet. Small frequent feedings of a bland digestible diet such as Hill’s prescription diet I/D, Iams Recovery Diet, Purina EN, or Waltham Low Fat are usually recommended.
  • Homemade diets can be made of boiled rice or potatoes (as a carbohydrate source) and lean hamburger, skinless chicken, or low-fat cottage cheese (as a protein source). ┬áSome cats will not eat the carbohydrate portion of the home cooked diet, if this is the case you may offer just the protein portion of the diet.
  • The return to regular cat food should be a gradual process over one to two days. If vomiting continues at any time or the onset of other symptoms is noted, call your veterinarian promptly
  • Medications to reduce stomach acid may be recommended. A common and safe medication frequently used at home is famotidine (Pepcid). For dosage and medication information, go to the Drug Library article on Pepcid.

If you suspect your cat is suffering from nausea, it is important to see your veterinarian. Your cat needs your help and the professional care your veterinarian can provide. Expect your veterinarian to perform some diagnostic tests and make treatment recommendations during your visit.

Prevention is aimed at minimizing your cat’s exposure to foreign material (strings, ribbons, yarn, trash, chemicals, etc.) or toxins. Keep your cat indoors to minimize her access to foreign material that may be located outside. If you cat is suffering from nausea as a result of overeating, you may wish to feed smaller meals more frequently. As always, monitor your cat’s appetite and general health for any changes.

We hope this gives you more information on nausea in cats.


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