Learning how to keep it down

When it comes to the health and well-being of your pet, there are some basic issues any good pet parent understands that he or she must deal with such as spaying and neutering, flea prevention, vaccinations and regular check-ups.

Animals, like humans, are unique individuals, so we know that some dogs are easier to care for than others. There are those breeds or individual mutts who are simply laid back and cause their owners little to no stress when it comes to unpleasant problems such as nervous vomiting or that terror attack of an affliction known as “panic diarrhea.” Then there are those dogs that are just chronically uneasy, and – unfortunately – this is likely to show up as a digestive issue.

Cats, however, are often easier to care for in this regard. There are exceptions to every rule, and God bless all the special little feline snowflakes out there. But, usually, if a cat is uncomfortable with a situation it will simply remove itself to a comforting hidey hole where it can pretend the unpleasant thing they don’t like isn’t happening. When their spidey senses finally detect the absence of the aforementioned stressor, back out they will come to live life with their humans.

Still, if a kitty is going to exhibit a chronic issue that is the result of a nervous stomach, or that is simply an unfortunate mutation of the genes, it’s likely to be vomiting. Anyone with a cat has been privy to that unfortunate encounter that involves finding a pile of vomit in the middle of the bed or on the outfit you’ve just laid out for your next workday. The occasional nasty surprise is part of being a cat owner. The old adage about the curious kitty is old for a reason: it’s true. And cats get into a lot of things.

Typically, if a cat has ingested something it shouldn’t, it’s likely to come back up on its own – problem solved. But if you see that your cat is suffering from excessive drooling, extended periods of panting or heaving that produces no result, call your veterinarian. Also call the doctor if the vomiting doesn’t appear to be stopping.

It is also worth mentioning that – per the recent “curious kitty” reference – it’s important to be familiar with CPR for pets, which will be discussed in the next post of our new wellness blog for pets.

Until then, enjoy some tuna and the very highest level of your cat tree.

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