Regurgitation is when undigested food is expelled from the stomach. There are multitudes of reasons why your cat may regurgitate.

Fortunately, in most cases, if your cat regurgitates, changing your cat's diet or giving your cat medication prescribed by a vet is enough to correct the situation.

Regurgitation is not the same as vomiting. There is no nausea or abdominal contractions during regurgitation. Regurgitation is a symptom for various diseases. This may seem like a trivial symptom. However, it should not be taken lightly. In fact, it can be a very serious and dangerous problem if your cat is not treated.

When it becomes chronic and severe your cat may begin to lose weight, develop a breathing problem, and in very serious cases, cough. Coughing in cats is never banal. Regurgitation is a reflux of liquid, mucus, or undigested food. Several medical conditions can cause regurgitation, including diseases related to the esophagus.

Diagnosis and treatment

When regurgitation is chronic, the throat should be reserved to determine the extent of the damage. X-rays or other tests are performed. Your veterinarian will ask for details including when your cat regurgitates. This will help them understand your cat's condition.

Treatment depends on the primary cause of regurgitation. A change in diet is often necessary. Smaller portions with more digestible foods (highly digestible food) can be given in several small meals. If it is a motility problem, there are medications that help to stimulate gastric emptying. Sometimes antacids may be prescribed by your veterinarian.

Difference between vomiting and regurgitation

It's not always easy to tell the difference between vomiting and regurgitation. Regurgitation is effortless while spasms occur when vomiting.

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