If your cat eats too fast, it’s a habit you should try to break.
When your cat eats too fast, she is more likely to vomit up her meal soon after eating. But that’s not the only drawback to your feline’s fast-eating habits. It can also lead to obesity, which can put her health at risk. Obese cats increase their chances of developing a variety of serious conditions, including arthritis and diabetes.
If your cat vomits after gobbling her cat food, avoid feeding her right away. In fact, you might want to wait 12 hours before the next meal to give her GI tract a rest.
While your kitty may be starving enough to bolt down her food, many cats eat quickly for behavioral reasons—they may be bored or lonely (or both) or worried that their fellow feline (or canine) housemate is about to steal their food. Or your fur ball may just love to eat and wants to chow down on that pile of kibble or smelly wet food and ingest it as quickly as possible.
It’s always a good idea to take your furry family member to the vet for a checkup if her behavior has changed or something about her eating seems off. Sometimes an underlying condition, such as hyperthyroidism and diabetes mellitus, can cause your cat to have a ravenous appetite, explains Kornreich. Another symptom of both diseases is vomiting. So if your pet pukes quite regularly, you’ll want to get that condition checked out too to rule out any potential problems.