Cats vomit now and then for various reasons. For example, you may see your cat throw up their food immediately after eating or when they finally cough up that nasty hairball. You could even wonder why your cat throws up right after drinking water.
We’ll cover the five most common causes of cats vomiting after they drink water so you can learn how to deal with it. Once you pinpoint the cause of your cat’s vomiting, you can try to remedy the problem.
The 5 Reasons Why Cats Might Throw Up After Drinking Water
1. Your Cat Drinks Too Fast
When a cat drinks a great deal of water in a short period, its stomach quickly stretches as it fills. This process sends a signal to the brain indicating that it’s time to empty the stomach contents. If your cat is drinking water rapidly, vomiting afterward may simply be a natural way for them to feel more comfortable.
2. They’re Trying to Cough Up a Hairball
Your cat may be throwing up after drinking water because they’re trying to cough up a hairball. As you probably know, the loose hair your cat ingests when licking their coat eventually builds up into a gross, elongated hairball that gets caught in the throat. By drinking lots of water at a rapid pace, your cat will likely get the urge to vomit, and, with any luck, that awful hairball will finally come out.
3. Your Feline Friend Is Simply Hungry
As a cat feels hungry, its stomach acids begin churning in preparation for digesting the next delicious meal. If your cat has an empty stomach and feels hungry, it may choose to head to the water bowl to take a long, refreshing drink. If they’re drinking lots of water, the stomach acid will build up rapidly, which could cause nausea in your cat. This could be why they vomit right after drinking water.
4. Your Cat Has Roundworms
Cats with intestinal roundworms are being robbed of important nutrients in their diet. Roundworms are very common in cats and kittens. The good news is that an adult cat with roundworms will typically survive an infestation once the worms are identified and treated.
Cat owners often identify roundworms in their pet’s feces because the worms look like long strands of cooked spaghetti. A cat with roundworms may be very thirsty, wherein he will quickly gulp down lots of water and then throw up. The roundworms themselves can even cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats.
5. Your Little Buddy Is Sick
Your cat may be drinking lots of water and throwing up because they’re sick. Perhaps they have a disease, such as feline diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Both of these illnesses can cause cats to be thirsty and throw up. Most cat owners notice when their cats are sick because they act differently and show symptoms like vomiting, sleeping too much, or losing weight.
There are several reasons why cats throw up after drinking water. A couple of these reasons are not so serious, such as drinking too fast or being hungry, but a few of them are more serious and require some intervention from your vet. If you’re unsure why your cat is throwing up after drinking water, take your cat to the vet to determine what’s causing the behavior and to rule out any health problems.
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