How to Make a Cat Vomit: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Cat Vomit: 7 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Cat Vomit: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

If your cat has eaten something toxic, your first instinct will be to try to get her to vomit and release the toxins from her system. Unfortunately, this is not an easy thing to do and will only help if the toxin has been ingested for less than two hours. Cats are particularly resistant to the vomit-inducing methods that work with dogs. In fact, the only reasonably safe way is to administer a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide (10 volume hydrogen peroxide) after consulting a veterinarian. If that doesn't work, or if the toxin was ingested for more than two hours, take the cat to the vet immediately. Warning: do not try to induce the cat to vomit by giving it salt, as it can damage the animal's kidneys.


Part 1 of 2: Assessing whether your cat needs to vomit

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Step 1. Look for signs that your cat has ingested something dangerous

If you have a cat and you notice signs that it has ingested a toxic substance, find it immediately. Assess as best you can if he is in good health.

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Step 2. Look for something that might have made you suddenly sick

Sometimes cats ingest toxic substances and we can't tell right away. If the cat looks sick, search the house and yard for anything it may have ingested.

This includes some plants that are quite toxic to cats. Such plants include a wide variety of plants, homegrown or not. Among them are: aloe, chrysanthemum, dahlia, eucalyptus and hosta. Remember that other plants not listed here are also toxic to cats

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Step 3. Contact a veterinarian or the "Poison Control Center"

Contact a veterinarian or the "Poison Control Center" before making the cat vomit. This is important because there are cases where you shouldn't make the cat vomit, which would only make the situation worse. These cases include:

  • If the cat is unconscious or convulsing. If this happens, take the cat to a veterinary emergency center immediately.
  • If the cat has already vomited.
  • If the cat has swallowed a sharp object (such as a needle), this can cause the object to get stuck in the cardia, which is the region between the stomach and the esophagus.
  • In case the cat has swallowed any of these substances: acid, alkali, household chemicals or any petroleum derivative.
  • If more than two hours have passed since the cat ingested the substance.

Part 2 of 2: Making your cat vomit

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Step 1. Prepare a vomit-inducing solution

A cat will vomit if it ingests a substance that irritates the stomach without damaging it. Cats will not ingest the substance voluntarily. Therefore, they need to be forced to ingest it. Be careful.

  • Use 3% hydrogen peroxide (10 volumes hydrogen peroxide) Measure 5 ml every 2.5 kg of the cat, but never exceed 15 ml. Give the cat the solution every 10 minutes until he vomits, but never do so more than three times.
  • If the cat still does not vomit, take it to the vet.
  • This is the best home remedy for inducing a cat to vomit.
  • It will make the cat foam at the mouth, but that shouldn't be a cause for concern. The solution may stain or discolor cloths and towels. Therefore, use a towel and old clothes to do everything without any major worries.
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Step 2. For your and the cat's safety, don't let your cat go out of your sight

It's best to use a thick bath towel. Unfold the towel and place it on a table or counter. Take the cat and place it in the middle of the towel. Pull the towel from behind the cat and fold both sides around the cat, leaving both paws inside the towel.

  • Do this in a small room with the windows and doors closed and nowhere for the cat to hide.
  • Do this in a room where the floor is easy to clean up vomit or other fluids.
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Step 3. Administer the solution

The best way to do this is with a dropper or a small syringe. A measuring spoon works too, but there is a risk of losing some of the fluid. While another person holds the cat tightly, pour the solution into the corner of his mouth, in a space between his teeth. Do this carefully and wait until the cat swallows. You don't want the cat to inhale the fluid.

  • Ask someone for help. You need someone to hold the cat while administering the medicine.
  • After giving the dose, hold the cat until it starts to vomit and place it on the floor to vomit.
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Step 4. Collect the vomit for the veterinarian to assess

Collect vomit with a clean paper towel or shovel. Put it in a bag and take it for the veterinarian to inspect at the cat's appointment.

Call your veterinarian and schedule an appointment to examine the cat before continuing treatment


Syringes can be purchased from pharmacies or veterinary clinics. It's always good to have one on hand when you need it. They are inexpensive and can be used to administer medicine for a few years if stored well


  • Keep all household cleaners, chemicals and detergents in locked cabinets that the cat cannot open or get inside.
  • All pins, needles and thread should be kept out of reach of curious cats. Needles with embroidery thread or thread can be accidentally swallowed if the cat is playing with them.
  • If you're unsure whether or not to make the cat vomit, see a veterinarian or call the poison control center. The poison control center has a toll free line and other toll lines.

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