Why Is Your Kitten Vomiting?

Kitten vomiting can be a symptom of the ingestion of some disagreeable food or point to infections. Kittens often have episodes of vomiting but, if the vomiting is chronic, you need to consult the vet. Kittens have a lower immunity and they are more exposed to several viruses which can cause vomiting.

Identify Kitten Vomiting

Kitten vomiting will cause excessive salivation. The kitten may throw up undigested food or transparent liquid. In some cases, there may be blood in the vomit, which is an alarming sign.

The kitten may lack appetite and have also diarrhea. Dry gums, dehydration or seizures may also be accompanying symptoms of vomiting.

Due to the fact that kittens are more sensitive than adult cats, you need to watch out for any unusual symptoms and get help if needed.

Undigested Food

Kittens may often vomit undigested food; if the stomach cannot assimilate the ingested food, the body will try to eliminate the food in any way possible.

Kittens can eat more than they need to, so this may also be a reason why your pet is vomiting.

Heat Stroke

Kittens are particularly exposed to heat strokes. Cats are not resistant to heat and elevated temperatures or exercise can provoke a heat stroke.

Vomiting is among the first signs of heat stroke. Try to reduce your pet’s temperature to normal, as heat strokes may be fatal to kittens.

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites can be contracted by kittens from other cats. Parasites cause stomach and intestinal distress, so the kitten is likely to throw up or have diarrhea.


Newborn kittens should be fed wet food. As the kittens get older, you may switch to a solid food diet. If the transition is not gradual enough, the cat may signal this by vomiting.

Toxic Food

Kittens may often ingest different small objects such as paper clips or game pieces or foods that are toxic. Kittens do this out of curiosity.

If your kitten is vomiting, you should check for foreign objects; these must be removed. If you cannot remove the objects, you should go to a vet.

Chocolate, raisins, alcohol or chewing gum may all be toxic for cats; you should encourage your kitten to vomit after ingesting toxic foods, as by vomiting, the kitten will eliminate the toxic ingredients.


Kitten may often get viral, bacterial or fungal infections. These cause vomiting.

The most common infections in kittens include respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections.

The infections may be transmitted through air, saliva or feces from other infected cats.

A proper hygiene can prevent some of these infections.

There are also a few vaccines that your kitten needs to make sure he is immune to common viruses that may be fatal: the leukemia virus vaccine, the immunodeficiency virus vaccine or the rabies shots.

Rare episodes of vomiting can be normal in kittens. Consult your vet if the vomiting persists for more than 24 hours or if the kitten is vomiting blood. Typically, the cause of vomiting in kittens can be treated. Note that a kitten can get severely dehydrated if vomiting too much, so fluids must be administered regularly.