Why is my cat throwing up?

Why is my cat throwing up?

PetPartners, Inc. is an indirect corporate affiliate of PetPlace.com. PetPlace may be compensated when you click on or make a purchase using the links in this article.

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – I have a cat what is throwing up. She throws up about once a week and sometimes it has hair in it. Otherwise she seems healthy – she is 5 years old. Do you think this is a problem?

Bennie B.


Hi – thanks for your email Bennie. You wrote asking why is your cat throwing up about once a week and it has some hair in it. Is your cat showing any other signs besides throwing up such as diarrhea, weight loss, lack of appetite, or lethargy?

If not – because there is hair in the vomit and the frequency is only once per week, then I’d probably use some hairball remedy of some sort (pick it up at your vet or the pet store and follow the package directions).

Try this for a week or so. You could also try a food that has a hairball treatment in it – I know Hills Science Diet makes one. You could try this for a few weeks (again, assuming your cat is otherwise 100% healthy) and see if that helps.

If there is ANY concern about your cats overall health – then I’d recommend that you see your veterinarian immediately.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Vomiting in Cats and Hairballs in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

To read most recent questions Click here!

Click here to see the full list of Ask Dr. Debra Questions and Answers!




number-of-posts0 paws up

Previous / Next Article

Previous Article button

Vet Q&A

Dealing with Grief from losing an indoor-outdoor cat from antifreeze poisoning

Next Article button