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New Cat Eating And Throwing Up His Poop

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Claudia1234, May 9, 2019.

  1. Claudia1234

    Claudia1234 PetForums Newbie

    May 9, 2019
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    Hi everyone,

    We just adopted our first rescue cat this week. He is 4 years old and came with a complete clean bill of health from the vet just last week.

    We are following all the shelter's re-homing advice and he is settling in brilliantly. Falling asleep in our laps, always wanting to cuddle and play. We have also kept him on the exact same diet he was on at the shelter (and before that, I think.) Expensive high-quality dry cat food, twice a day. We don't leave out anything else he could eat. He only picks at his food, but he has been eating - we just put it down to a little new-home stress and figured he'd be fine.

    But twice now in the last three days he has thrown up, quite aggressively, and it looks like he's swallowed his poop whole. It would explain why we rarely see anything in the litter box. We keep the box in a nice quiet private area of the house with the same chips he had at the shelter. He has used it once or twice so he's clearly not got a problem with it.

    So our question is why might he be doing this when he seems otherwise completely fine and is proven healthy? And also, how do we stop him from doing this? Obviously when we're home we can scoop it up right away, but some days we are both at work for 4 hours or so, and we have no idea how to stop it then.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

    two confused new pet owners!
  2. gskinner123

    gskinner123 PetForums VIP

    Mar 10, 2010
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    I don't know why he is vomiting but your cat is not eating his own faeces. He is vomiting or regurgitating food and/or furballs; most likely the former.
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  3. Cully

    Cully PetForums VIP

    May 16, 2018
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    I would contact the shelter to ask if he has any history of this behaviour.
    It's unlikely to be faeces and if you examine it closely you should be able to see if it is hair.
  4. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Cat vomit can sometimes look like faecal matter or diarrhoea and even smell like it too. Once food is in the process of being digested it is only a step away from becoming faeces. If he is vomiting all or most of the food he is eating then there is nothing going through his intestines for him to poop.

    Your cat could have hairballs blocking his gut. Are you grooming him every day to help remove loose fur so he swallows less fur? Have you given him an oral hairball treatment.?

    If he has not kept any food down for 24 hours you need to take him to the vet, or he will become very dehydrated and unwell.
    Soozi and Cully like this.
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