29 Mar Ask a Vet: When Is Vomiting Not Normal for Your Cat?
This article was contributed by esteemed Principal Veterinary Surgeon of Amber Cat Vet, Dr. Brian Loon
Almost all cat parents would have seen their cat vomit at some point, while with some cats it happens regularly but maybe not often enough for owners to be concerned, because their cat is “otherwise healthy”.
Normal or cause for alarm?
Many owners put occasional vomiting down to furballs, but it is dangerous to do so, as a wide variety of other medical conditions can also cause similar vomiting without other signs, such as pancreatitis, dietary intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastrointestinal (GI) lymphoma, a type of cancer. I often see cats eventually diagnosed with these conditions with vomiting once to twice a month as the only sign, and often owners don’t even feel the vomiting is worth mentioning till owners are specifically asked about it in consultation. If a human were to be vomiting every month, most people would be concerned enough and seek medical attention promptly. The same really applies for our feline friends.
The problem is that when these conditions are not promptly diagnosed, the disease can get more severe with time and eventually makes affected cats more sick (such as experiencing appetite loss, weight loss, diarrhoea/soft stools), and one disease can even progress to another, such as IBD transforming to GI lymphoma. Yet when these conditions are promptly diagnosed, they can be effectively managed to reduce the risk of further progression, stop the vomiting signs and progression to more severe signs as well, thus improving the quality of kitty’s life.
What happens when you take your vomiting cat to the vet
When a cat is vomiting, veterinarians will perform a thorough history review with owners, including asking about diet, lifestyle and any other occasional signs that may appear. A thorough physical examination is then performed, before then discussing with the owner if any further diagnostic tests are recommended. This is crucial as the list of causes for vomiting is very long, from gastrointestinal causes such as those mentioned above, foreign body obstruction and bacterial/viral/parasitic gastroenteritis (such as from food that is not well cooked), to extra-gastrointestinal causes such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes mellitus and various non-gastrointestinal cancers.
In addition, regurgitation (passive reflux of material from the oesophagus or food pipe) can often be confused with vomiting (forceful expelling of material from the stomach).
After the more likely list of differentials have been considered based on the history and physical examination, initial diagnostics tests that your veterinarian may recommend to investigate the above include blood, urine and stool tests, x-rays and/or ultrasound. Sometimes initial trial treatment may be recommended by your veterinarian for mild cases in younger cats such as antibiotics for bacterial gastroenteritis, anti-parasitics for GI parasites, a veterinarian-recommended elimination diet trial and probiotics.
What if your cat is still vomiting after the initial treatment?
If the signs persist after trial treatment is completed, when the cat is senior (7 years or older), or when there are pre-existing disease conditions, it is then essential to investigate further to determine the root cause rather than trial various treatments which may not be effective. This can be done with minimally invasive techniques such as upper and lower GI endoscopy and exploratory laparoscopy (aka keyhole surgery).
With GI endoscopy, a long tube with a magnified camera at the end is used to examine the inner lining of the oesophagus, stomach, the early to middle sections of the small intestines and the large intestines. Subtle changes in the GI tract lining can be seen with the magnified camera, and importantly biopsy samples can be obtained along the GI tract to send for histopathology.
With exploratory laparoscopy, two to three tiny 0.5-1 cm incisions at the abdomen allow for magnified cameras and instruments to be used to visualise the abdominal organs and obtain necessary biopsy samples for histopathology. Histopathology (analysing cells of organs under the microscope) is important as it often leads to a definitive diagnosis and avoids further guesswork, then allowing the veterinarian to work with owners with a targeted long term management plan specifically for your cat.
Also, these procedures are minimally invasive, so for most cats it is a day procedure and they go home eating and behaving as they were before the procedure without pain.
If your cat has been vomiting occasionally but regularly (e.g. once to twice a month or more), or if there are also other signs such as weight change, appetite change, soft stools/ diarrhoea or change in energy levels, please seek help from your veterinarian early, as with these cases early management often leads to a healthier and happy feline, and is also less costly in the long term compared to managing a condition only when it has progressed to a severe stage.
Dear esteemed customers, as we enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker, the Nekoya Cat Hotel will be allowed to accept cats for stays at Nekoya @ KAP (Bukit Timah) with effect from 19 June 2020!
Each year, the Nekoya Cat Hotel releases a statement including dates that generate exceptionally high demand for our cat boarding services in Singapore. Travel Peak Period Dates January 2020: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 – $44/night March 2020: 14, 15,...
From 19 June 2020, our sister company, Nekomori Cat Grooming Salon will be able to offer all grooming services for cat in Singapore. Prior to Phase 2, Nekomori could only do essential grooming such as basic groom. Spas and creative cuts were not allowed. If...
As we emerge from the Circuit Breaker in Singapore and enter a new normal, what does this mean for travelling for humans, and pet boarding for our beloved furry friends?
Making sure that your indoor cat stays active and gets the exercise she needs is really important! We suggest some ways to help your indoor cat stay active.
Dr. Loon from Amber Cat Vet answers questions relating to COVID-19 and your pet cat, and precautionary measures you can take to keep your cats safe.
(last updated 31 Mar 11.00 AM) The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced various safe distancing measures to be taken to reduce the risk of local spread of COVID-19, including at workplaces. To safeguard our caretakers, visitors and guests, the Nekoya Cat Hotel is following the recommendations...
Cats do vomit once in awhile. However, when is it not normal? And how frequent is too often? Dr. Loon from Amber Vet answers your questions!
(last updated 27 Mar 19.00 PM) Contingency Care Planning for Pet Cats As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Singapore, we are opening up a registration list for cat owners who would like to make plans for their cats, in the event...
Following discussions between stakeholders and NParks in 2019, commercial pet boarders will soon need to be licensed to safeguard animal health and welfare.
Read this post to stay updated on hotel policies that may affect you in view of Covid-19.
We're pleased to announce that all Nekoya Cat Hotel outlets are currently using Unicharm cat litter! Pop by our Paya Lebar outlet to inquire more
Cats are like that one friend that we all have — the one who doesn’t express themselves much and doesn’t say a lot (but when they do it it’s like when a unicorn pukes rainbow). However, when you’ve known him/her long enough, you’d know to...
We've all heard of the term "holistic pet care". But what does it really mean? And what does holistic cat care mean to the people at Nekoya?
The Nekoya Cat Hotel will be extending flexibility to customers whose travel decisions may be affected by the virus.
Wanna make your home comfortable for your cats? Before you break the bank or grab a hammer or drill, here's 5 things to note before catifying your home!
Whether you're intending to engage a pet sitter, home-based pet boarder or commercial pet boarding hotel, it's important to learn how you can easily identify a poorly run dog or cat boarding facility in Singapore.
Our sister company, Nekomori Cat Grooming Salon has reached 500 followers on their instagram page and are doing a cat grooming credits giveaway to celebrate! This is a great opportunity for cat owners who have always wanted to try sending your cat for grooming but...
Did you know that indoor cats can live twice as long as outdoor cats? But they need to stay active to relief stress and stave off the extra pounds!
You've begged your feline overlord. You've tempted it with treats. Yet, your cat refuses to drink from its water bowl. This is why!
Has your cat been tired, agitated or just too upset lately? Suddenly he/she is not eating, playing around, or may not even want to be around you!
It has been slightly over 3 years since we embarked on the Nekoya journey. Since then we have cared for many feline friends, and extended our services to provide a full end-to-end service for clients lodging with us during their holidays! Of all the items...
It's no secret that cats don't like drinking water. But they really should stay hydrated! These are 9 effective ways of getting your cats to drink more water
Your cat boarding facility of choice should be well designed, for humans and even more so for cats. Read about how we designed the Nekoya cat boarding hotel in Singapore for the ones that matter - Your feline friend.
Although you may think you've cat-proofed your home, it is still possible for your feline friend to get into a ton of mischief while you're away. Learn about the benefits of cat boarding and how to prepare your cat for a stay away from home.
Your cat's pee is an indication of its health! Identify & treat illnesses & diseases in your cat early by observing the volume, colour & odour of its pee
Sunken eyes, poor skin elasticity...Let us help you identify the early signs of dehydration in your cats before it's too late!
While no one can be completely prepared for all sorts of emergency situations that could befall our beloved kitties, there are some basic first aid procedures that we as pet parents ought to be familiar with. This way, we know how to respond in case...
Why vaccinate your cat when he is safe just staying indoors? If your cat is going for cat boarding, you'll want to ensure he is adequately protected against these highly contagious cat diseases.
Outlined below are Brighton Vet Care’s general charges for consultations and vaccinations: Consultation Charges: $42 F4 Vaccination: $56 (including consultation) VacciCheck Antibody Titer Test: $50 FIV/FeLV Test: $45 Brighton Vet’s operating hours are: Serangoon Gardens Outlet (Monday – Sunday): Weekdays 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.6:00...
Did you know that improper preparation prior to sending your cat for boarding in Singapore could make its stay more stressful than it should be? Read about how to pack a great boarding bag here!
Going away on a holiday? Here are 5 easy tips on how you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a cat boarding hotel in Singapore.
This is a circular to inform our customers that some revisions and improvements will be made to the Nekoya rewards and membership program mechanics from the 1st of September 2018.
Read to learn more about dates that are expected to generate exceptionally high demand for our cat boarding services in Singapore in 2019.
From the 1st of September 2018, the Nekoya Cat Hotel will cease operations at 80 Changi Road, the Centropod. We will be upgrading to a larger space located at 797A Geylang Road, a 5 minute drive down the road, that will allow us to provide a better cat boarding experience in the years to come.
Book your luxury stay at the Nekoya Cat Hotel at least 21 days in advance of your arrival and enjoy 10 % off cabin bookings.
With effect from 1st June 2018, the Nekoya Cat Hotels will effectively require all cat owners to produce a physical FIV/FeLV health certificate dated within the past 12 months of the cat's stay certifying that they are negative for both illnesses.
Each year, the Nekoya Cat Hotel Singapore releases a statement including dates that generate exceptionally high demand for our cat boarding services in Singapore. Please check this post for 2018's High Demand Dates.
If you are unable to attend your viewing after placing a booking, we hope that you will contact the hotelier at least 3 hours prior to our caretakers expecting you.
This blogpost outlines the charges of Nekoya @ King Albert Park Singapore's partnering veterinary facility; The Animal Ark.
Nekoya Cat Hotel in Singapore is the preferred cat hotel for felines looking for holistic boarding services. Read more details about promotions at our new cat hotel open at Bukit Timah; King Albert Park.
About to make a reservation for cat boarding services in Singapore? Hold up, be sure to check out our list of discounted lodging rates and exclusive promotions for new and existing customers of the Nekoya Cat Daycare and Boarding Hotel.
Booked a reservation for cat boarding services in Singapore with the Nekoya Cat Hotel, Centropod? Read this post to view the most updated parking rates for those travelling by motorcycle or bus.
This post outlines the Nekoya Cat Hotel's designated peak period dates and dates that generate high demand. Click to find out if your travel dates fall within these periods!
The management of the Nekoya Cat Hotel seeks to take active measures to ensure the utmost safety of our clients, and would henceforth like to inform our audiences that with effect from 5 June 2017, children under the age of 12 are not permitted within the Nekoya Cat Hotel for viewings.
Read More for Amber Vet Care Singapore's General Charges for Consultations and Vaccinations.
Our capsule-style cat boarding facility was picked up by Mashable Asia for an up close and purrsonal international feature! Read more about what makes the Nekoya Cat Hotel so special.
Nekoya was featured on The Business Times Singapore. Read all about it here!
From now until the 31st of January 2017, new accounts created on the Nekoya Singapore website will be eligible to automatically receive $10 credit for use on their first booking with the Nekoya Cat Hotel!
Feeding Wellness cat food, or have been wanting to see how your cat does on it? For a limited time only this festive season, enjoy a free night's stay at the Nekoya cat boarding hotel when you purchase eligible bags of Wellness cat food!
The Nekoya Cat Hotel is Singapore's first holistic cat boarding hotel, and we're dedicated to making cat boarding a positive, enjoyable experience for all our feline guests.