How To Help A Cat With An Upset Stomach

Cats are renowned for being fussy creatures, but when it comes to an upset stomach, it’s always a good idea investigate the cause. Try to help at home first and, if symptoms persist, consult a vet immediately… 

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What could give your cat an upset stomach? 

Felines are sensitive by nature and there are several potential factors that could cause a cat’s stomach to become upset. Some of the most common triggers include:

  • Change In Diet – once a cat is set in a routine of eating the same food on a daily basis, a simple food swap-over could cause discomfort and, in the worst case, an upset stomach.
  • Worms – if a cat hasn’t been treated with dewormer, they can suffer quite badly as certain worms inhabit the stomach. Obvious signs that your cat has worms include a swollen abdomen, worm eggs in stools and a general lack of appetite.
  • Hairballs – cats lick their coats a lot and, as a result, it’s common for them to build up a large amount of hair in their stomachs.
  • Abdominal Blockage – like all animals, cats can consume things other than food from time to time that can cause a stomach upset. One major culprit is parts from their toys.
  • Medication Side Effects – side effects of certain feline medication can cause discomfort, so it’s always a good idea to consult your vet or research thoroughly prior to administering any medication to your pet.
  • Underlying Illness – Illnesses such as pancreatitis, metabolic disease, inflammatory bowel disease or even cancer may cause your cat to have an upset stomach.

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Symptoms to look out for

There are many tell-tale signs that indicate your cat could be experiencing stomach upset. These include:

  • Diarrhoea and Excessive Gas
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Bloated Abdomen
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Drooling
  • Withdrawn Behaviour

If you notice any of the above symptoms, the best action is to seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible. While the reasons behind some of the symptoms above may not necessarily be a cause for concern, we always advise that it’s best to air on the side of caution and have them checked out.

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What you can do to help

There are a number of things you can do, unless your cat has an underlying illness, to prevent your cat from suffering from an upset stomach.

  • Be Watchful Of What Your Cat Eats – cats are lactose intolerant, meaning that you should never allow your cat to consume dairy products. Also be mindful of feeding them any foods that are not natural, whilst avoid leaving out food that they could get easy access to.
  • Worm Your Cat kittens need to be dewormed and, whilst deworming medications are available to buy from most pet stores, it’s best to always consult your vet, who will be able to administer the medication and treat your cat regularly for this.
  • Groom Your Cat To Prevent Hairballs – felines routinely clean themselves throughout the day and consequently end up consuming a lot of hair along the way. By brushing your cat daily you can help them prevent a nasty hairball buildup.

As mentioned above, if your cat is experiencing any of the upset stomach symptoms, it’s advisable that you seek veterinary advice immediately.

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