I am home again, unfortunately

I left my darling granddaughter this morning to come home. Why? Because someone has to take care of the cat.

I walked in the door to discover that, while I was away, she had puked in the entryway. She puked in the kitchen. She puked in the hallway. She puked all over the comfy chair in the living room. She puked in the bathroom. She puked in my office. She puked in my slippers. As soon as I opened the door, she was so grateful that she darted outside, into the snowy, -15°C weather, and didn’t want to come in.

So I left her there.

She was scratching at the door 5 minutes later, and I relented. But I considered letting her have a night out in nasty weather!

Here she is, not looking at all guilty.

It’s OK. I’m renaming her Princess Pukes-A-Lot.

Now I have to spend my evening scrubbing everything.

You know, spiders are much less disgusting than cats. If only I could convince my wife…


  1. nomdeplume says

    You know tje puking is punishment for you going away, right? I bet the spiders don’t puke…

  2. =8)-DX says

    All cats puke sometimes, but usually from hairballs/eating plastic. Having some grass for them helps. Ours started puking extra frequently so we switched her to a half-wetfood diet and a lot less puking now (only a couple times a week). My theory is if she doesnt like her dryfood she’ll go around eating just everything else, hairs, mess, whatever.

  3. Alt-X says

    Haha reminds me of the time a possum climbed down our chimney while we were away for a long weekend. It shat and pissed everywhere . Then scampered out the front door when we opened it. Glad it enjoyed the holiday!

  4. hemidactylus says

    Not being sociopaths dogs exhibit remorse for wreaking paths of destruction. But the downside is that dogs lack the relative autonomy of a cat that can be left longer to its own devices with a litterbox, food, and water. A dog would have chewed and ate all your prized possessions and needed an emergency trip to the vet for the resulting blockages.

  5. stroppy says

    Yeah, that’s not a good sign. Probably a good idea to take her to the vet and have her checked out.

  6. JoeBuddha says

    I attended a lecture from a cat expert, and found out they get a lot of their water from their food. We switched to wet food for ours, and the puking almost stopped. You might try that.

  7. hemidactylus says

    My dog used to puke sometimes and not be much of an eater. On a whim I fed her plain yogurt and though “after this because of this” seemed to do the trick. Then I discovered Paul Newman. Now I am obligated to sprinkle Newman treats in her kibble or she stages a noisy protest.

    She had an almost fatal systemic allergy to something around 5 years ago and the vet after heavy benadryl infusion suggested bland rice and other stuff. The only thing I could get easily down her gullet after more rice on floor than in tract was…plain yogurt. Not sure if cats tolerate yogurt like dogs.

    Maybe the probiotics in her pukey and finicky youth helped. Or is that a goopish assumption?

    BTW plain yogurt is good on baked potatoes.

  8. says

    Get her checked out, she might be sensitive to one of her foods. One of our cars turned out to be allergic to Whiskas cat treats. We switched to fancy hypoallergenic treats, no more horking.

  9. chuckonpiggott says

    I feel for you PZ. Our cat pukes a lot. And it sounds so nasty when she’s doing it. Our girl has a growth on her intestines. We’ve been waiting for the end for almost a year.

  10. magistramarla says

    My husband’s Maine Coon gives us problems like this.
    1. He would protest if we left for a weekend by tearing up toilet paper or using our bed as a litter box. Solved by always closing the bathroom and bedroom doors.
    2. He has a really bad habit of eating anything made of soft plastic – sandwich bags, rubber bands, and even a grandson’s bath toy, which expanded in his intestine and caused a blockage, resulting in emergency surgery. Solved by being extremely vigilant about anything plastic being left within his reach.
    3. As he’s gotten older (now14), he began puking a lot. It seems that his biggest problem is a lactose intolerance. We stopped giving him milk and yogurt, which he loves, so he wasn’t happy with us. We also stopped giving him “people food”. We switched to feeding all three cats a kibble that is formulated for sensitive stomachs and we give them wet food more often.
    He now pukes very rarely.
    I also urge you to get her checked out by her vet and then try to figure out what brought on the puking.
    LOL – She might need a companion cat so that she isn’t alone and bored when you go gallivanting around the country!

  11. MadHatter says

    One of my male cats, nearly 21 years old now, has always puked a lot too. But turns out he had a kitty type of IBS and the vet says this is fairly common. Once he was getting treatment for that the puking has nearly completely stopped. My other male kitty only throws up hairballs, and the female kitty has never thrown up.

    So just another comment suggesting you get her to the vet. That much puking isn’t actually normal unless it was entirely hairballs.

  12. says

    Our cat is very neurotic, and one thing guaranteed to turn her into a hissing, puking, screeching, clawing beast is…to take her to the vet. The reason we leave her at home when we travel, rather than boarding her somewhere, is that she is completely incapable of dealing with any animal or person other than me and my wife.

    Yes, she has a huge anxiety problem. It makes dealing with it professionally nearly impossible.

  13. aspleen says

    O.K. then, so how do you feed her? Free feeding is my guess, as you said you were gone. She might be doing the feline equivalent of binging and purging as a response to feeling stressed. I had a problem with our cat overeating at times and what helped was feeding him smaller portions three times a day.