Our oldest girl kitty, Buffy the tortoiseshell, was suffering from a terrible cat cold last week. But, after taking her to the vets and giving her plenty of warmth by wrapping her in a blanket, extra TLC and a quiet space away from the other cats to rest in front of a wee fan heater, she is back to her usual cheerful self – phew!
From being very lethargic, and sneezy and snooty, Buffy is now wandering around the house, miaowing at the other three cats (Caesar, Loki and Ripley), playing with my shoe laces while I try to put them on and just generally far more perky than she was last week. The gunk in her eyes has gone and she’s not got a runny nose or sneezes any more either. The only after effect of the cold is that she is now vomiting after she’s eaten.
Now this may seem like something to worry about – and, in most cases, it would be a definite “go and see your vet about it” situation – but, in Buffy’s case, we know that this is happening because she is eating far too fast. Da Hubby Jim had put four bowls of cat food out and, while the other three ate at a normal pace, Buffy had finished her bowl in about half the time of the others. Then, she promptly threw it all back up again all over the living room floor. Thankfully we have hardwood floors – so easy to clean up – rather than carpet.
Eating too fast is a sign that your poorly, formerly too ill to eat kitty is hungry, but can also be because s/he is racing to finish food so it isn’t eaten by other cats. We’ve solved the problem – for now – by feeding Buffy in a different spot, slightly away from her brothers and sister. However, cats eating fast is just one of the reasons why your cat may be vomiting after eating. Others include a poor quality or cheaper cat food that s/he is not used to, a food allergy (yes, just like us humans, cats can also develop allergies to certain ingredients in their food!), additives or preservatives in their kitty treats (namely propylene glycol, which is added to give it a sweet taste, chemical dyes, such as orange being added to make your cheese-flavoured treat look cheese coloured, or emulsifiers, which are added to thicken the treat and make it more palatable for your cat).
So, our advice, if your cat is throwing up after every meal, is to check the ingredients in whatever wet and dry food you’re giving her/him. If they look OK to you – and do check the RSPCA’s guide on the top tips for feeding cats, which also has a fab DIY treat recipe video for you to make your own – then the next step is to feed your vomiting kitty smaller portions more often until s/he starts to eat more slowly or to spread their food out over a wide, flat surface or dish to make him or her take more time when eating rather than wolfing large gulps without breathing or chewing from a deep dish.