Why do cats barf?

Why do cats barf? It’s an important question to answer if you own a cat. Just as all cats poop, all cats barf. And the cat-barfing phenomenon isn’t always related to some sort of illness. In fact, there are many other reasons why a cat might end up throwing chunks, ralphing, vomiting, or whatever you want to call it.

Here are just a few reasons why cats barf:


Cats spend a ton of time licking their fur, and it causes an unfortunate accumulation of fur in their stomachs. When fur builds up in the digestive system, instead of passing it through as poop, cats will often barf it up in the form of a hairball. This might also happen if the cat is a mouser and is eating a lot mice whole. While eating a mouse is totally normal, some cats have a harder time digesting the hair and bones than other cats. So instead of pooping out the mess, the cat will instead barf up the mess. Yes, it’s gross, but at least they’re getting rid of it.

Eating too much

Cats love to eat, and sometimes they have a difficult time stopping themselves. What results is a cat who has gorged himself to the point of vomiting. This is some of the grosses barf a cat can produce because it is often the sloppiest and messiest

Eating foreign objects

Just like toddlers, cats have a propensity to ingest non-food objects. What results is a barfing episode to get rid of said object. Some of the more common non-food items cats like to ingest include: grass, string, and small plastic items.

Should you be concerned?

It’s natural to be concerned when you see any creature barfing. However, you probably shouldn’t be too alarmed if your cart is barfing. If the barf has blood in it, then you should certainly be concerned. Otherwise, treat the barfing episode as completely natural and find a good way to clean it up.