It’s become a popular joke among cat owners. You’re about to go to bed, and all of a sudden you hear your cat making retching sounds from another part of the house. Right away, you realize that there’s going to be a mess to clean up. And sometimes, as you’re cleaning up after your cat, you can’t help but wonder: why does my cat’s vomit resemble poop?
If your cat’s vomit looks like poop in terms of color or texture, it indicates that something is wrong with your cat. It is crucial to reach out to your vet immediately to seek treatment for your cat.
If you see brown vomit from your cat, you should be concerned. In this article, we will talk about the color and texture of your cat’s vomit. If you’re curious to know more (even though you probably aren’t!), keep reading.
What Does Cat Vomit Look Like
The most usual type of puke you’ll notice is white or clear vomit.
When a cat pukes, you’ll often notice that your cat’s barf is white or clear. This indicates that your cat’s puke is mostly spit or bile that is coming up.
It’s totally normal and nothing to worry about when you see a light-colored vomit like this.
Your cat might also vomit whole pieces of dry cat food.
If your cat vomits before fully digesting its food, it can look like poop. This can occur if your cat eats too quickly and becomes sick.
Make sure you watch your step and avoid stepping in that vomit because it’s not a pleasant experience – trust me!
If your cat coughs up a hairball, it’s not the same as throwing up. Hairballs resemble poop more than vomit because they’re made up of your cat’s fur.
What Does Brown Vomit Mean In Cats
If your cat’s vomit is brown, it’s not a good sign.
If your cat’s vomit is brown, it could be a sign of a serious medical issue, which is something cat owners never want to consider.
If your cat’s vomit is brown, it typically indicates that they may have internal bleeding or cancer.
If your cat’s vomit looks like poop, it could mean that there is a blockage or constipation, which are not good outcomes.
If you notice that your cat is puking up brown vomit or a color that looks like brown, it’s important to get in touch with your vet right away.
If your usual vet can’t schedule an appointment for your cat, don’t wait – take them to the emergency vet instead.
What Is A Hairball
If your cat has a hairball, its vomit might resemble poop.
Hairballs are essentially what they sound like: a clump of hair that your cat spits out instead of throwing up.
We all know that cats clean themselves by licking with their tongues and sometimes use their teeth to remove hair or tangles.
Your cat will regurgitate most of the fur that it removes, but it will inevitably consume some of the hair.
Even though your cat consumes a lot of hair during its lifetime, it is unable to break down and digest the hair.
So, where does it go?
Typically, cats vomit in a similar manner to how the food entered their system, even though it may be unpleasant to think about.
Your cat may expel a hairball that resembles a log or a piece of poop, and it will typically have the same color as their fur.
Why Do Hairballs Happen
Cats vomit hairballs because they can’t digest the fur they swallow.
Cats can naturally expel hairballs by coughing them up because there is no other way for the hair to exit their bodies.
It’s more likely that your cat will end up coughing up a hairball after they start eating grass, whether it’s from outside or a pot.
When your cat grooms itself, the hair it collects ends up in its stomach and eventually tries to come out.
How Do I Know If My Cat Has a Hairball
There are a few clear indications that your cat has a hairball.
Many cat owners are aware that their cat is experiencing a hairball (or some sort of stomach discomfort) when they begin to eat more grass than usual. This grass can be either potted cat grass indoors or grass outside in the yard.
This indicates that your cat is not feeling well and wants to induce vomiting. Pretty disgusting, huh?
However, your cat can’t digest grass, so it makes them vomit pretty fast.
If your cat’s vomit looks like poop, it could be a sign that they have a hairball. This can make them feel tired and less interested in eating. Hairballs can affect your cat’s behavior until they are able to get rid of it.
One thing I really don’t like is when my cat keeps making retching sounds as it tries to get rid of a hairball. Sometimes the coughing helps the cat get the hairball out, but other times it can take a few days.
In general, hairballs are not enjoyable for anyone involved!
Types Of Cat Vomit
There are two types of cat vomit: chronic vomiting and acute vomiting.
Did you know that your cat can vomit in two different ways?
First, let’s discuss chronic vomiting, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
If your cat vomits frequently over a long period of time, it can be considered chronic vomiting. This can happen anywhere from once a day to once a month.
Don’t worry if your cat keeps throwing up all the time, but make sure to take them to the vet often to figure out what’s going on.
If your cat is experiencing acute vomiting, which is the second type of vomiting, it’s important to be concerned and seek medical attention right away.
If your cat suddenly vomits repeatedly, it’s likely because they ate something harmful or toxic, which could potentially be poisoning them.
Taking immediate action will guarantee that your cat can bounce back.
Cat Vomit Color Chart
Before I go, I just want to summarize some of the things we discussed in this article and share some additional information.
Finally, here’s a useful chart that explains the different colors of your cat’s vomit and their possible interpretations. Check it out here.
|Cat Vomit Color
|Reason for Vomiting
|Yellow or yellow-tinted
|Vomit includes bile from food that is not fully digested
|Red or milky pink
|May indicate blood but may also be from dyes in dry cat food
|Clear or opaque white
|Mostly saliva from the esophagus and when your cat hasn’t eaten
|Black or brown
|This can be a sign of internal bleeding, as we discussed earlier
Once again, if you see cat fur in your cat’s vomit, it could mean that your cat has coughed up a hairball, which can come in different colors.
Don’t stress too much about the color of your cat’s vomit, as shown in the chart.
If you notice that your cat’s vomit is black or brown, or if it looks like poop, it’s important to be concerned and get your cat medical help right away.