Cat licking Butt

by Karen
(Chepachet, RI)

My male cat of 7 years old always licks his sisters butt. Can he get sick w/ e-coli doing this? They both vomit a lot since they were kittens. We've tried since they were kittens Purina One Sensittve System dry cat food, Purina One Hairball Formula, Purina One Healthy weight and Hairball Formula, Iams Hairball Formula. They don't eat soft cat food never have. They do vomit hairballs and they eat too fast and vomit there food too.We also have well water they drink daily. Help!!!!


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Hi
My old cat used to vomit everyday and this was due to her eating too quickly. the solution is to put smaller amounts of food down for them so that they can't physically eat too much all at once. It will mean feeding them more meals but smaller amounts.

As for the bottom licking, no he won't get sick. Cats wash their own bottoms etc and so they are much more immune to these bacteria. As for why he does it, well it may be a scent thing. Is your female cat spayed? Sometimes cats will just do this as mutual grooming.

best wishes kate

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Cat throwing up
by: Anonymous

My cat (8 years old, weighs 20lbs) used to get sick every single day, usually after eating his meals. I took him to the vet for this as I had tried several different foods- keeping him on the new foods for months at a time to ensure he had time to adjust- and nothing helped.

The vet checked him over $250 later and told me he is fine, and recommended portioning his food- along with purchasing a Hypo Allergenic food (I bought the Science Diet brand). An allergy test for cats runs a few hundred dollars, so that was not in my budget.

It's been 5 months that my cat has been on his food and I feed him around 4-5 times per day, equaling a total of a bit more than 1/2 a cup per day, but each time he is fed he gets very minimal amounts- since doing this his vomiting has reduced significantly!

He now throws up only if I over feed him or he gets at my other cats cheaper food after his meal is done.

Feeding your cat a tiny amount of food, several times per day (I feed when I wakeup, before I leave for work, once I am home, and twice in the night before bed), is a great way to decrease vomiting - but if the vomiting continues, consult a vet!

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