Honestly, I still think you should give the dog bowl that I mentioned earlier a try... I realize that you don't like plastic bowls, but other than changing your cat's diet, I really don't see any other thing you could try. Do you free feed her or give her meals during the day?
that bowl is most likely too big for a cat. i looked at it a few weeks ago but i think it only comes in a 5 cup size. most likely our cats would just eat around it.
another option would be can food only. my boy has only thrown up can food once the entire time i've had him. he's doing well on california natural now, but while he was on EVO i seriously considered just giving him canned food.
Long post, but found some good info regarding cats vomiting up food. Hope this helps:
Vomiting Some cats vomit all the time; other cats do so relatively rarely. Vomiting is not a sign of the same sort of distress as it is in humans. Because they are carnivores, they need to be able to vomit quickly and almost at will without feeling sick. On the other hand, a cat that suddenly starts to vomit, or vomits more than usual or in some way demonstrates a departure from its normal habits should be checked by the vet.
Reasons Hairballs (deleted the hairball part - since it wasn't relavent)
Another common reason for vomiting is overeating, particularly dry food. The dry food absorbs water and swells, and then they have to throw it back up. If the vomit looks like a semi-solid tube of partially digested cat food, that's probably what it is.
A cat may vomit when it is allergic to its food. You can check this out by trying another brand of food with substantially different ingredients and no food colorings.
Sometimes cats vomit when they have worms. Consult your vet for a worming appointment.
If the vomit is white or clear, that can be one of the symptoms of panleukopenia, feline distemper. If such vomiting occurs a coule of times over the course of a day or night, a phone call to the vet is in order.
If cats eat something that obstructs their digestive system, they may try to vomit it back up. If you can see some of it in their mouth, DO NOT PULL IT OUT, especially if it is string. You may just cut up their intestines in the attempt. Take the cat to the vet immediately.
If the cat displays other changes of behavior along with the vomiting, you should consult the vet. Eg. listlessness, refusing food along with vomiting may indicate poisoning.
Periodic throwing up can be a sign of an over-active thyroid. This is particularly common in older cats. Your vet can do a blood test and find out the thyroid level. It can also be indicative of a kidney infection: something that your vet can also check out.
In general, as distasteful as it may be, you should examine any vomit for indication of why the cat vomited.
Summary Dietary problems include: sudden change in diet ingestion of foreign material (garbage, plants, etc) eating too rapidly intolerance or allergy to specific foods Problems with drugs include: specific reactions to certain drugs accidental overdosages Ingestion of toxins: Lead, ethylene glycol, cleaning agents, herbicides, fertilizers, heavy metals all specifically result in vomiting. Metabolic disorders: diabetes mellitus too little or too much of certain hormones, trace elements, etc. renal disease hepatic disease sepsis acidosis heat stroke Disorders of the stomach: obstruction (foreign body, disease or trauma) parasites assorted gastric disorders ulcers, polyps Disorders of the small intestine: parasites enteritis intraluminal obstruction inflammatory bowel disease fungal disease intestinal volvulus paralytic ileus Disorders of the large intestine: colitis constipation irritable bowel syndrome Abdominal disorders: pancreatitis gastrinoma of the pancreas peritonitus (any cause including FIP) inflammatory liver disease bile duct obstruction steatitis prostatitis pyelonephritis pyometra (infection of the uterus) urinary obstruction diaphragmatic hernia neoplasia Nerologic disorders: pain, fear, excitement, stress motion sickness inflammatory lesions trauma epilepsy neoplasia Misc: hiatal hernia heartworm
Although I still don't think that I'm going to use that food bowl. Again, I really do not like plastic bowls, it's a bit too small for my cat, and I think she would sue me if she thought I expected her to eat out of a bowl with three long scary spikes coming out of it. lol!
But I did buy a different brand of food this morning. I know to change her food really gradually, so I've put a small bit of the new food in with her old food. Let's see how that goes.
I think someone asked if she has certain meals or food left out for her all day. Well, she does always have food left out for her. Is that not good?
Oh, and can food is actually worse for my girl. She throws it up even more often.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 7/26/2006 12:09:18 PM*** Reason: added, eh?
I currently have 3 cats and 2 dogs. As you can imagine I can't leave food out all the time. Here are the reasons I don't leave food out.
1) You don't really know how much your animal is eating so how do you know when they stop eating or are getting too much?
2) You can control how much your pet eats if they only are fed short periods of time several times a day. If a diet is needed you can control it.
3) As with my pets I know immediately when someone is sick and not eating.
4) My pets range in age from 1 to 13 years. All but 2 cats are on different foods.
Are you sure your cat is vomiting from eating too fast? I mean really sure? I think the dietary change is a good idea. Some brands make a sensitive stomach variety. I would not change to canned food only as it causes a lot more teeth problems. In addition a cat that is used to only dry food might not want to make the switch. Canned food left out all day is really nasty anyway.
Please ignore the canned food comment I misread your earlier post. Oops!
***Edited By: pwcorgilover on 7/26/2006 12:19:34 PM*** Reason: add
I give my cat a certain amount of food in the morning, that's how much she gets for the whole day. And I give her a certain amount of food before night, that's all she gets for the night. So I do know how much she is eating.
And yep, I am trying a different food at the moment. I am changing the food gradually, so let's see how that goes...
I am pretty sure that eating too fast is the reason she's vomiting. I took her to a different vet for a second opinion, but that vet also said she's perfectly healthy.
I have a cat who will throw up on most any food. She is older and I first thought she was eating too fast as well. I tried MANY kinds of food, sensitive stomach, all natural, indoor cats only, the list goes on and on. We finally just decided that we would have to clean up cat throw up forever. Well, due to some suggestions on my chow forum, we put Chi-Ching on Canidae, and I LOVED the results. So when I found out that they had Felidae, I jumped on it, I didn't have anything to lose. I have not had ANY problems at all with her throwing up. All of the cats have super soft coats and here is the best part, the litter box does NOT smell!! We could not make it to the store that sells the Felidae, we had to buy what we could in our little town and we got Purina One, she immediately started throwing up again. We got the Felidae as soon as we could and she is back to not throwing up again. So, hopefully this helps.
We feed the dry food only, they get a can of food each about once a week or so, more as a treat then anything else. Our cats are freefed. They have food at all times. I have four cats who are all doing great on this food.
Good because I thought maybe I was making a few "friends" through this website. I moved to Texas 6 years ago and left all my animal friends behind. This is the first time I've found people who love animals as much as me :)