Do cats get morning sickness?

There is nothing new about vomiting in cats. Vomiting can be associated with dietary issues. It is a well known fact the cats develop hairballs because of the grooming habits. If ingested hairs that developed into hairballs were not excreted through the other end, cats would try to expulse the hairball through vomiting. Cats can also get morning sickness. Just as with humans, morning sickness can be an indication that something is “cooking in the oven”.

Cat owners that would want to prevent accidental pregnancies of the pet would decide to have the pet spayed. Anyone that has kept cats would know that it is very hard to confine a cat in heat inside the house. A cat owner is aware of the need to maintain the health of the pregnant pet. But how would an owner provide the cat with proper nutrition and tender loving care if he/she is not aware of the condition of the pet. Owners would know how to deal with the cat’s delicate condition if the breeding was planned. But if the pet has managed to exit through the back door to have a date with the neighbor’s tom cat, the owner would need to be aware of the telltale signs. Unlike humans, determining the pregnancy of the cat cannot be done through blood and urine tests. One of the signs of pregnancy is morning sickness. Yes, similar to pregnant humans, cats that are soon going to be mothers would feel queasy and vomit usually in the morning.

What causes morning sickness? Research revealed that about 66% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. According to studies conducted, vomiting can be the body’s way of removing potentially harmful chemicals that can have unwanted effects on the developing fetus. Is this the reason why cats would have morning sickness too? Various studies have been made on feline behavior. However, no detailed information was given why pregnant cats get morning sickness. Some cat experts believe that the vomiting is associated with the hormonal changes, or to low blood sugar and low blood pressure as well as to the altered metabolism of the pregnant cat. Pregnant cats would produce higher levels of progesterone, the pregnancy hormone. This pregnancy hormone is what causes cats to produce milk and to manifest nesting and protective instinct. A cat a few weeks into pregnancy would already be protecting its toys as if it is protecting the kittens. The cat would also look for a suitable nest.

The pregnant cat would not only throw up…the preggy cat may have little appetite or no appetite at all. Poor appetite can lead to serious concerns especially if the pregnant cat’s morning sickness is severe. Needless to say vomiting would rob the cat and the developing kittens inside the womb of essential nutrients. Vomiting can lead to dehydration as well. Cats can get dehydrated easily. Cats must be enticed to eat as it is necessary for the stomach to have some amount of food to ease the nausea. Plain chicken or baby cat food can be given to the pet. Cat formula can be given if the cat has altogether refused to eat solid food.

A remedy for the cat’s playing up digestive system is necessary. Would remedies for morning sickness in humans work for cats as well? Would nibbling crackers settle the stomach? Women use peppermint to stop morning sickness. Liquid peppermint can be added to the food of the cat. If the cat is not eating, a dropper can be used to administer the peppermint directly on the cat’s mouth. Most cats love catnip. Catnip can be used because of the plant has anti-nausea properties. A vet’s attention would be necessary for cats that have severe or prolonged morning sickness.