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Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats

Cats Have Stomach Problems Too

If your cat is showing signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and dehydration, your cat may be having gastrointestinal issues. What that means is that they have inflammation of their stomach and intestines and could be caused by a variety of factors. If your cat hasn't been feeling right, you should make them an appointment at your local Long Beach veterinarian at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital.

Causes

Different things can cause your cat to have cat stomach problems. Here is a list of the most common:

  • Intestinal parasites like roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, or whip worms
  • Hairballs caused by excessive shedding or food allergy
  • Constipation due to dehydration, obstruction of the large intestine, or a mega colon
  • Ingesting foreign bodies that could become lodged and hard to remove
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food allergy or intolerance
  • Cancer
  • Viral or a bacterial infection
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

Some of these causes gastrointestinal disease can be fixed by simple things like changing the cat's diet or with medication prescribed from a veterinarian. Depending on the brand of food you feed your cat, it could have ingredients that are causing a food allergy. If that's the case, switch out the brand of food to help determine what is causing the symptoms. The first step of diagnosing the issue, is to identify the problem. In most cases, it could be something as simple as switching out the food. In others, it could be fatal, like if the issues are caused by cancer.

Prevention Methods

To prevent cat stomach problems, you should:

  • Provide an appropriate diet for your cat
  • Stop your cat from eating foreign objects, table scraps, or garbage
  • Stay current on your cat’s monthly parasite prevention, like for fleas and ticks
  • Avoid exposure to sick cats, like at the groomers or vet
  • Brush your cat regularly to avoid excess hair

Make an Appointment with Your Vet

No matter how cautious you are with your cat, they may still wind up with some form of gastrointestinal issues. If that's the case, you should make an appointment at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach today. Make sure you have your cat’s history and a list of the symptoms to help the vet determine the proper treatment for your cat.