vomiting in abyssinian cats

  • Mochi
  • September 21, 2023

Vomiting in Abyssinian cats, as in all cat breeds, can be due to a variety of reasons. While occasional vomiting may not be a cause for alarm, frequent or chronic vomiting, or the presence of other symptoms alongside it, can indicate underlying health problems. Here are potential causes and considerations:

Dietary Indiscretion
Cats sometimes eat things they shouldn't, whether it's plants, string, or spoiled food. This can irritate their stomach, leading to vomiting.

While Abyssinians have short coats, they can still swallow hair during grooming, which can form hairballs. If the cat can't pass the hairball through feces, they might vomit it up.

Dietary Intolerance or Allergies
Some cats may be sensitive to certain ingredients in their food. Switching cat foods or introducing new treats can sometimes lead to stomach upset.

Infectious Diseases
Conditions such as feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) can cause vomiting, among other symptoms.

Internal parasites, like worms, can lead to gastrointestinal upset and vomiting.

Chronic Conditions
Diseases such as chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease can have vomiting as a symptom.

If your cat has ingested a toxic substance, vomiting may be one of the first signs. Common household items like certain plants, foods (like chocolate, onions, and grapes), and chemicals can be harmful to cats.

Foreign Bodies
Cats are curious creatures and sometimes ingest objects. If an object gets stuck in the digestive tract, it can cause blockages leading to vomiting.

This is an inflammation of the stomach lining, which can be due to various reasons, including infections, irritants, or long-term use of certain medications.

Changes in the environment, new pets, or other stressors can sometimes manifest as gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting.

What to Do

  1. If your Abyssinian cat vomits once but otherwise behaves normally, you might want to monitor for any further episodes or symptoms.
  2. Ensure that your cat has access to fresh water to prevent dehydration.
  3. If the vomiting is chronic, bloody, accompanied by other symptoms (like diarrhea, lethargy, or weight loss), or if you suspect your cat ingested something harmful, consult a veterinarian immediately.
  4. Regular vet check-ups can help in early detection of underlying issues that might lead to vomiting.

Abyssinians, being active and curious, might get into places or items they shouldn't. It's a good idea to cat-proof your home and ensure harmful substances or potential foreign bodies are out of their reach.