Elevated Dining: The Solution To Preventing Cats From Vomiting
Last week I had a big vomiting event after I ate my breakfast and proceeded to have dry-heaves for a few hours with only yellow bile coming up. I felt like “poop” all day and refused treat offerings and even dinner, as I watched Beau enjoy his evening meal from my favorite box.
And when I did move around, I was lethargic and not interested in mom’s sweet words or being pet, I just sauntered off to another one of my hideaways. Thankfully within 24 hours I was back to my old self and wanting breakfast the next morning!
My poor meowmy always worries so much when this happens as cats have been known to develop health issues sometimes it seems overnight, and we are masters at concealing many of the things that bother us.
The message here is, if your cat vomits often, sometimes, once in a while or kind of regularly, be sure to have your cat checked out by your vet to rule out any other health issues that could be causing it.
I have to admit, I do vomit every so often after eating. I guess you could say between me and Beau, I have a more delicate stomach. And not all vomiting events are the same!
I have been known to scarf, barf and then eat my regurgitated mess! (Yup, it’s true!)
Just for the record they don’t know why we do this actually, maybe it’s behavioral or maybe now the food is finally warm and therefore more desirable.
Bottomline here is to clean up the vomit as soon as you see it and do not allow us to eat it!
Okay, moving on, solutions to the vomiting issues might be as easy as elevating our bowls!
What are the basics to reduce cats from vomiting after they eat?
As many of our readers know, Beau and I follow a fresh raw human-grade animal protein diet that has never been cooked or processed. A proper diet is key to a healthy digestive tract. Just like you, we are what we eat.
We also have mealtime security in that Beau eats in the kitchen, and I eat in the bathroom. This way each of us can dine in solitude and there is no competition at a communal dining station. This helps prevent a cat from gobbling its food and taking in air with it which can cause gastroesophageal reflux.
Even in a small apartment, serve one cat in one corner, and the other in another corner and turn them away from each other.
Since mom felt that she had done the right things to help prevent me from eating and vomiting, the one thing she hadn’t explored was raising my bowl off the floor. She had started to notice a trend in the cat chat rooms towards that being another possible solution as the cat would now be eating in a more comfortable position and the esophagus in a more level position leading to the stomach.
Here, gravity would help the food move along the track rather than working against it in the more traditional way of feeding us cats on the floor!
Since we naturally eat in a somewhat crouched position, the ideal height for our bowl is 4” – 6” above the floor. When our food bowl is placed on the floor, we have to bend down creating a downward slant to our esophagus where the food now has to travel upward to get to the stomach.
Since us cats don’t chew, we bite, tear and swallow our food, you can imagine how it can back up in the esophageal tract and guess what happens next? That horrible sound you all hate when we throw up!
Mom created a DIY elevated dining station for both Beau and me to try it out, so each of us could be more relaxed while dining therefore reducing the strain of bending over.