My cat, Charley, is 6 months old, energetic, and by all accounts healthy. However, lately he's begun vomiting in the morning after he first eats his kitten chow. I think what is happening is that he snarfs it down, drinks some water, then the kitten chow expands in his stomach, and up it comes. Although it is rare, he's done it other times in of the day. All occurrences seem to happen when he's not eaten in awhile (although I leave kitten chow available to him 24/7). Charley does not seem sick in the least. Just wondered if anyone else had experience with this? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Michelle
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My cat, Charley, is 6 months old, energetic, and by all accounts healthy. However, lately he's begun vomiting in the ... seem sick in the least. Just wondered if anyone else had experience with this? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Michelle

Yes, Michelle. Do you think Charley would like canned food? Maybe for his first meal of the day, the canned stuff would sit better with him. I've had cats that will hurl dry food if they eat it too fast.

Cheryl
"The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath."
- W.C. Fields
Yes, try canned food for him.
Gail
On Sun 03 Apr 2005 09:32:04p, bookbug2005 wrote in rec.pets.cats.health+behav (

My cat, Charley, is 6 months old, energetic, and by ... had experience with this? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Michelle

Yes, Michelle. Do you think Charley would like canned food? Maybe for his first meal of the day, the canned stuff would sit better with him. I've had cats that will hurl dry food if they eat it too fast.

That's what my vet recommended after my 11 year old started having that problem. He said my cat could be having a hard time passing the dry through his system. Canned food and soft kibble work well and the vomiting doesn't occur now unless he eats too fast.

You could also mix the kitten chow with a little water and feed it to him that way. Like you, my cat had unlimited access to dry food, but he's adapted to eating only at meal times. (except he acts like he's starving all the time).
pepsi
My cat, Charley, is 6 months old, energetic, and by all accounts healthy. However, lately he's begun vomiting in the ... seem sick in the least. Just wondered if anyone else had experience with this? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Michelle

Has he been to the vet to rule out possible medical causes? That should be the first step. Vomiting shortly after eating could be a sign of a gastrointestinal obstruction.
If the vet gives him a clean bill of health, I think you should make a serious effort to switch him over to canned food while he's still young. Changing food textures gets more difficult as cats get older. Not only will canned food probably help his digestive problems, it will certainly reduce the risks of potentially fatal urinary tract obstructions and other lower urinary tract disorders.
You might also want to try placing small portions of his daily diet in several different locations. This will force him to eat a little at a time.

But first things first. I'd let the vet have a look at him.

Best of luck.
Phil
My vet my breeder and many times in this and other forums I have been told that until one year of age you should free feed your kitten. If this is fact that should stop him from gorging himself on a morning meal. Myself I would do anything to keep from feeding them canned food, you may never be able to ween him off of the canned back to the dry. It sounds to me that your explanation of why he vomits is correct and if the free feeding cuts down the amount it should solve the problem. Easy enough to try.
Brad
LIFE'S JOURNEY IS NOT TO ARRIVE AT THE GRAVE SAFELY IN A WELL-PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN SIDEWAYS, TOTALLY WORN OUT, SHOUTING... " HOLY @#$%... WHAT A RIDE!"
Myself I would do anything to keep from feeding them canned food,
you may never be able to ween him off of the canned back to the dry.

Why would you want to?
Phil
My vet my breeder and many times in this and other forums I have been told that until one year ... feeding them canned food, you may never be able to ween him off of the canned back to the dry.

Personally I ALWAYS feed a mix of both, constant supply of dry and wet food twice a day. I've read good and bad for both types and see this as the best way to keep a balance.
It
sounds to me that your explanation of why he vomits is correct and if the free feeding cuts down the ... IN A WELL-PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN SIDEWAYS, TOTALLY WORN OUT, SHOUTING... " HOLY @#$%... WHAT A RIDE!"

Badger Badger Badger
My vet my breeder and many times in this and ... ween him off of the canned back to the dry.

Personally I ALWAYS feed a mix of both, constant supply of dry and wet food twice a day. I've read good and bad for both types and see this as the best way to keep a balance.

Isn't this the feeding method the original poster already had in place?
I questioned my vet about his recommendation of an all canned food diet, too. I always thought cats (dogs, too) needed the crunch of hard food for dental health. my vet said if that was a concern to me, eventually I could try to incorporate a little dry food back into my cat's diet, but that it wasn't necessary. I was also surprised when my vet recommended Friskies canned instead of the expensive Science Diet type foods, but since I go to a low cost clinic, he probably knew I wasn't going to be able to buy the high priced stuff.

pepsi
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