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Why Does Your Cat Vomit After Boarding?

While you may have been looking forward to bringing your cat home after boarding, your experience may be marred if your cat starts to vomit after you get it home. You may worry that your cat has picked up a bug or has a medical problem; however, your pet may be throwing up for other reasons after its stay that are perfectly normal. Why might your cat start to vomit once you bring it home?

Stress and Vomiting

Boarding can be a stressful experience for cats. Being away from their home territory, being looked after by strangers and being around unfamiliar animals can make cats anxious. Vomiting from stress is quite common in cats, so if you pet throws up a few times when you get it home, this may simply be down to anxiety.

Plus, in some cases, your cat may have diverted its anxiety into over-grooming when it was in the cattery. If this is the case, expect to see it throw up a few hairballs until it settles down again.

Unfamiliar Food and Vomiting

If your cat was given an unfamiliar brand of food during its cattery stay, the food may have upset your pet's stomach a little. Like humans, some foods simply don't agree with some cats, and it may take a few days for your cat to have become accustomed to its change in diet. If the cattery's food has upset your cat's stomach, it may well throw up a few times; however, things should go back to normal once it starts eating its regular food again.

Tip: Your cat may be happier and less prone to stomach problems if you arrange for the cattery to feed it its regular food brand during its stay. You may have to pay extra for this and provide the food; however, your cat may be happier and may be less likely to get an upset stomach.

Loss of Appetite in Boarding

Sometimes, cats don't eat as much as they normally do when they are in a cattery. They may not like the food that is provided; stress may also make them lose some of their appetite. This may give you one hungry cat when you get it home. If you feed your cat, and it eats too fast or eats too much at once, it may simply overload its stomach and throw up.

Tip: If the cattery staff tell you that your cat didn't have much of an appetite, don't be tempted to overfeed it when you get it home. You'll avoid problems with vomiting or upset stomachs generally if you feed your cat smaller amounts more often for the first day or so.

Typically, your cat should settle down and stop vomiting in a day or so if its problems are down to stress or unfamiliar food. If your cat vomits a lot and shows other signs that it isn't feeling well such as excess lethargy and a complete lack of appetite, it may be worth taking your cat to the vet to ensure that it doesn't have a bug or other problem.