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Ask the Vet: My Cat Pukes After He Eats!

Are you fed up with a feline that stopped using the litter box? Concerned for a cat who’s sleeping a lot? Or, not sure if what your kitty does is normal? These are all questions you should ask a veterinarian. Dr. Liz Bales is here to answer your kitty questions about health, wellness, and behavior!

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ThinkstockPhotos-469567877Hello Kitty Doctor:
I have two strictly indoor kitties and I cannot find a food for them that eliminates their puking and/or hairballs. It’s not every day, but it is frequent. Help!?
-Tammy B.


Hello Tammy,

Oh dear. Two kitties x frequent vomiting = watch where you step!  No fun for you, and I’m sure it’s no fun for them either.

Just like in humans, there can be a lot medical of reasons in cats for frequent vomiting. It is best to have your veterinarian give them both a thorough physical exam. Your veterinarian might want to do a little blood work to make sure all of their body systems are functioning properly.

If you veterinarian gives them a clean bill of health, it could be a simple case of Scarf and Barf. In this unglamorous behavior, cats gobble up more food than their stomachs can hold, so they vomit up the undigested food. They are not sick, they just lack self control.

You see, in nature cats hunt mostly for mice, birds, lizards and insects. They hunt for these small meals between 9-20 times a day, so their system is naturally made to accommodate small frequent meals. Their stomach is about the size of a ping-pong ball. When they gobble up a meal the size of an orange, there simply isn’t room for it, and back out it comes.

To prevent Scarf and Barf, it is best to feed your cat’s small meals, many times a day. In my experience, 5 meals of about 1-2 tablespoons of dry food (could be more or less depending on the size of your cat,) spread out through the day suits cats very well. Your cat might even like for you to save one or two of these portions for the overnight hours.

To better the health and well-being of your cat’s, you could try placing these portions of food in various locations throughout the house. Your cat’s will love to prowl and hunt for their food.

The closer we can get to feeding our cats the way nature intended, the more we can optimize their health.

Thanks for a great question. I hope this helps!

For more cat health and wellness information, check out my website at

FullSizeRenderDr. Liz Bales, The Catvocate, is a practicing veterinarian with 15 years of experience. Dr. Bales has a strong interest in feline wellness and behavior. She believes that by understanding the natural state of the cat we can create an indoor environment where cats  thrive and our bond with them grows.

Dr. Bales is interested in your questions and concerns about your cat!  Leave your question in a comment below!



  1. Nicolas

    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Hi Dr.Liz,

    My girlfriend and i have two male cats and we’re planing to live together. Whats is the best way to let both cats get along. We were postponing moving together for the last 3 months because we adore both cats.
    Thanks un advance.

  2. Linda

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I have a 10-11year old cat that over the last year or so has stopped covering her very smelly poo when using the litter box. She is an indoor outdoor cat, during the nice weather only comes in to eat. My other cat is about the same age usually covers it up for her, if I don’t get there first.

  3. Ruth Townsend

    Feb 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I have a 9 mo old male Kitty that refuses to use a litter box, never has. Neutering has not helped , he is a healthy Kitty. I’m at my wits end. I am not new to cat ownership, have had cats all my life. Any suggestions?

    • Cheryl

      Jan 12, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Start by putting sand in the litter box, or dirt from outside and then work him into a litter but stay away from the chemically treated ones. Also keep him confined in a small space to get him going, like the bathroom

  4. Deb

    Feb 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I saw about a 75% decrease in the vomiting with my cats when I started putting the food on plates rather than a bowl. With a plate they only get small pieces at a time where is the bull they can get a whole mouth full easier.

  5. Craig

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    My fiance and I adopted Zoey, a tortie, from a shelter about 6 months ago, and she’s the sweetest girl I could imagine. When we adopted her, she was 14 pounds (at 2.5 years), and we have had her on weight loss food since, but she has barely lost any weight. The main problem is that her size prevents her from cleaning herself, and she gets it all over everything even if we clean her every day (which she does not like, naturally). Any advice on how we can help her get to the point where she can manage this on her own? Thank you!

    • C Cloud

      Jan 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

      1, ask your vet about her weight. 2, thyroid ok? 3, no free feeding – spec. Feeding times and limit dry food in bowls, no peole food. 4, sounds hard but this works 5, try a automatic watering can, they tend to like these and get exercise 6, buy toys that are top sellers for getting a kitty more active 7, put a bird feeder outside her window , something to keep her moving, using more calories…..bird activity interest kitties!! Good luck, this worked for my tubby gal, she is thinner now and is able to clean herself! Hooray……bathing is an option, and I have done it too.

  6. Paul

    Feb 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I adopted a small Pixi bob about a year ago. She coughs about 10 times a day as though she has something in her thoat but she doesn’t have. Any ideas what might be wrong or what we could do for her?

  7. Sue Frazier

    Jan 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, I have a question about 2 of our 3 cats. One chews holes in almost everything from clothes to bedding to electrical cords. I have tried putting nasty stuff on the cables but that doesn’t seem to stop her. And the other question is about my cat who walks/runs in front of me and nearly causes me to fall down. I can’t figure out if she’s trying to tell me something or just wants to be with me. Thanks for any advice you may have.

  8. Connie Frost

    Jan 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    My male,neutered cat,5 yrs.old, does something very strange.He kneads the soft blankets like a lot of cats. The only difference is he does it and after a few minutes he kind of stiffens up, arches his back and gives a huge shudder.He does this several times and then he starts licking himself where his testes used to be.I’ve never owned a cat so i dont know if this is something normal or sexual or soothing himself… He is a strictly indoor cat with no other animals! Can you tell me why he does this?

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