By Dr. Becker
If you're owned by a cat who's a "good eater," meaning he wolfs down every morsel of food he's offered in the blink of an eye, you're probably also dealing with the occasional reappearance of just-eaten food all over your floor. That's because many kitties who gobble up their meals also tend to develop the rude habit of vomiting undigested food shortly after they eat.
How to Slow Your Cat's Mealtime Roll
Unless you have the time and patience to hover over Fluffy each time she eats, picking up her bowl between gulps in an effort to slow the pace of her food intake, you're probably looking for a simpler solution to the problem.
And I may have found one for you. Believe it or not, it's an inexpensive mini-muffin tin.
Simply put a bit of food in each individual muffin cup and voila! Garfield can no longer eat his entire meal in one or two swallows – he must move from cup to cup, which will naturally slow him down.
If you don't own a mini muffin tin, you can also try spreading the food out over a large cookie or baking sheet.
If you prefer something a bit more high-tech, there are slow-feed bowls you can purchase that provide essentially the same benefit.
Don't Confuse 'Ate Too Fast' Vomiting with Chronic Vomiting in Your Kitty
Unfortunately, lots of kitties these days have a problem with chronic vomiting that can indicate a serious underlying disease process.
If your cat is a meal gulper who tends to vomit undigested food almost immediately after eating, then a mini-muffin pan, cookie sheet or slow-feed bowl should solve the problem. However, if your kitty continues to vomit after eating, or if she's vomiting routinely at random times during the day, I recommend you make an appointment with your vet. Despite the common misperception that it's "normal" for pet cats to vomit on a regular basis, new research proves otherwise. It's important to identify and treat the root cause of chronic vomiting in your feline companion.