Vomiting is a very common problem with cats with a multitude of causes. They range from eating something poisonous or inedible (like string or break/hair ties) to infection, urinary tract disease, or diabetes to hairballs.
Symptoms are usually obvious and include drooling and abdominal heaving. Vomiting can quickly leave your cat dehydrated, so if kitty continues vomiting or acts ill, call your vet right away. It may help to collect a sample of your cat’s vomit and take it with you to the vet.
2. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)
Female and male cats can get FLUTD, and it often occurs in cats that are overweight or unfit or who eat dry food only. Stress, a multi-cat household, and sudden changes can all raise a cat’s risk of FLUTD, and treatment depends on the type of FLUTD your cat has. FLUTD symptoms include:
- Straining to urinate
- Bloody urine
- Urinating in unusual places
- Crying when urinating
- Licking around the urinary area (often because of pain)
- Lack of appetite
Fleas are a very common external feline health problem. But it’s one you can easily treat. Signs your cat has fleas include:
- Flea dirt on its skin (they look like tiny black dots)
- Constant scratching
- Frequent licking
- Red or irritated skin
- Hair loss
- Skin infections or hot spots
Talk to your vet about which flea control would be best for your cat. Treatments include oral medication, powders, foams, and topical medication.