My cat is throwing up yellow liquid and won't eat or drink, why?

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Does your kitten vomits bile and does not eat? When we refer to bile, we are talking about an acid produced by the liver to help your furry to digest food. It is yellowish in appearance and, sometimes, your cat can expel it mixed with liquids from the stomach. The big question is why? Is he ill? What can you do to stop it from happening?

First of all, we want to reassure you. It is very common for a cat to vomit bile from time to time. It happens, above all, in the first days when he comes to your home and you start to feed him, also when there are big changes in his diet or his meal times. If he vomits this yellowish liquid means that something is wrong with his belly, but usually it has an easy solution.

Cat throwing up yellow bile and not eating

In general, the key to stop regurgitating bile is to reorder his breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Your cat spits this liquid when it has an empty stomach, so we have to make sure that this does not happen, offering a better rhythm of meals. This does not mean that we should cram it, but that we distribute better what he eats throughout the day. The ideal is to give four meals, varying the amounts until he stops vomiting.

If you work full time and spend a lot of time away from home, what you do is leave a bowl full of food so that he eats whatever he wants. The problem is that some cats decide not to eat or gorge themselves. In both cases, there will come an hour of the day in which his stomach is empty and these vomits will appear.

Cat throwing up bile for 3 days, what can I do?

If in addition to vomiting, your cat does not give a single bite, which means that what he has on the plate is not to his liking. Again, this may be due to another common mistake among novice caregivers who have bought cheap food from the market instead of what they want. A quality food, rich and varied, is the best medicine for him to eat again.

That is to say, for your cat to stop vomiting bile and recover the appetite, you should spread better his meals in the day and change his feeding. If you have doubts about how to feed him or the ideal times to do so, leave your query with our veterinarians.

When to worry about my cat vomiting bile and not eating

These tips that we have given you work as long as he does not spend more than two days in a row without improving, without regaining his appetite or when you find blood in his vomit. It is highly recommended that you get used to review the secretions of your animal frequently, both vomiting and feces. In the first case, seeing spots of blood is a cause for concern.

Given these symptoms, it is normal to think that he has swallowed a foreign body that has caused some injury. If this is the case, you have to go to your veterinarian to have him examined. Whenever you go to a specialist alerted by something that he had spit or excreted, it is convenient that you do it with a sample that you have collected. Do not be disgusted; think that you are doing it for him.

Bilious vomiting syndrome in cats

Controlling a cat is not easy; they escape and are very independent, so if you see blood in his vomit, it is very possible that this is the cause. Other reasons may be an ulcer or, in the worst case, a tumor. Thankfully, the last one is unlikely.

If he vomits some blood for any of these reasons, the most normal thing is that he also has no appetite and does not eat, so take it as a symptom. In addition to collecting a sample, measuring his temperature to know if he has a fever will help you to know if he has an infection or not.

In order to have more information about what is happening, measure the temperature of your cat

The best way to know if your cat has a fever is to use a rectal thermometer. If you do not have one, you should get used to knowing your friend's body temperature, which is usually between 38.5º and 39º. To have a clue about if he has it without using a thermometer you will have to touch the ears and the nose. If they are warm and dry, it can be fever, confirm it by touching his ears, are they hotter than usual? Then it is possible that what makes him vomit and bleed is a hidden infection.

In summary, if your cat vomits some bile, keep him under observation throughout the day, give him quality food and split it in four takes. If you detect some blood, check his temperature, keep a sample of the vomit and go to your veterinarian to rule out a serious disease.