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Vomiting kitten

Species: Cat
Breed: Mixed
Age: 3-6 months
My 4 month old kitten was fine 3 days ago, then she suddenly regurgitated her breakfast. I thought it was due to rough play so soon after eating but then she started acting like she didn't feel good. She shows proper interest in food and drinks and eats just fine, uses the litter just fine, her bowel movements are firm and solid (though they are becoming less and less as her food intake decreases) but she continues to vomit (no longer regurgitation) at least 2-3 times a day. She will alternate from acting fine and playing, to just wanting to lay down. I checked her gums and they are nice and pink but she just acts like she doesn't feel good. Could she just have a 'kitty bug'? (she's also strictly an indoor kitten and hasn't had her shots yet due to just being weaned by the mother and I had read that kittens are protected by antibodies in the mothers milk)


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi there. I get really concerned when a kitten is vomiting like this. Vomiting multiple times per day is usually a sign of some type of a medical problem.

In young kittens, one of the more common causes of repeated vomiting would be if she had eaten something that was stuck in her stomach such as an elastic or eraser or toy.

There are also viruses that can cause vomiting such as panleukopenia. These usually cause severe diarrhea though.

Parasites could potentially cause vomiting but usually cause diarrhea as well.

A change in food could cause a couple of times of vomit but shouldn't cause repeated vomiting like this.

Little ones don't have a lot of reserves to fight dehydration. Therefore I'd highly recommend having your vet take a look at her as soon as possible! If it doesn't look like anything too serious they may prescribe some medication to help with nausea. But if they're suspecting a foreign object this could possibly mean surgery.

I really hope everything is ok!

Dr. Marie.



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Dr. MarieDr. Marie is a veterinarian who practices in a busy animal hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. She created Ask A Vet Question as a resource for good, accurate veterinary advice online. Dr. Marie treats dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats. She has been a vet since 1999.

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