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When Cat Vomiting and Diarrhea is an Emergency

If the vomiting and/or diarrhea continue after your cat eats, if your cat doesn't want to eat or if your cat acts lethargic, medical attention is warranted. Please see your veterinarian.

When vomiting and diarrhea are an emergency for your cat is…if your cat is losing weight, if you see blood in the vomit or feces, or if your cat acts lethargic or if your cat won’t eat, this is an emergency.

If your cat is having the clinical signs mentioned above, expect your veterinarian to perform some diagnostic tests and to make treatment recommendations dependent upon the severity and the nature of the clinical signs. Depending on the age and specific symptoms- your vet may want to do radiographs (Xrays) or bloodwork (CBC and Profile) on your cat.


Home Care for Cat Vomiting and Diarrhea

For less severe bouts with diarrhea and/or vomiting, there are home remedies you can try. Go to: Home Care of the Cat with Vomiting and Diarrhea.
One of the key ways to combat it is to temporarily withhold your cat's food, then prepare them for a bland diet. Most veterinarians recommend that you withhold food and water for a couple hours after vomiting or diarrhea. If there is no more trouble after that period of time, water can be started. Only offer small amounts at a time. If there is no vomiting or diarrhea of the water after 2 to 3 hours, then you can slowly begin the bland diet.

More Information on Abnormal Feces, Vomiting and Diarrhea in Cats

Beyond the common topics addressed above, we have several more resource articles for you:



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