Why Do Cats Throw Up on Carpet?

February 14, 2024

Cats vomit for many reasons that are usually benign, but some vomiting cases can indicate a serious health condition. If you own a cat, it is likely that at some point you will have to clean up a puddle of vomit on the carpet.

Regurgitation is a normal cat behavior and may be caused by overeating, eating too quickly, indigestible food, a hairball, or even ingesting a foreign object. Cats who eat a lot of fatty foods are more likely to vomit – if this is the case for your pet, feeding them more low-fat diet can help.

When a cat feels the urge to bury a hairball, they instinctively seek out carpeting or rugs. They believe that these porous surfaces provide a tactile sensation that more closely resembles dirt than bare floors, encouraging them to vomit there. This is a natural behavior that can’t be prevented, but you can help to reduce the number of hairballs your cat vomits by regularly brushing them and using special feline diets designed to reduce the amount of hair a cat ingests while grooming themselves.

The smell of vomit can linger on the carpet for days, so it’s important to treat the stain as soon as possible. Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, and apply it to the vomit stain, then blot it. A little bit of baking soda mixed into this solution will also help to absorb and eliminate the odor.


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