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It is common for cats to suffer from digestive problems a few times in their lives. The list of symptoms includes variation in appetite accompanied by constipation, vomiting, or diarrhea. The cat will also drink more water or less, and it will have an unkempt or dull coat. There will be a loss of weight if the disease is a chronic one.
Acute or chronic digestive problem
Digestive problems in cats could be either chronic or acute.
Acute digestive issues are frequently self-limiting in felines. The cats
suffering from chronic digestive issues need an exhaustive veterinary
examination to find out the underlying causes so that appropriate treatment can
be administered. The list of tests includes a fecal exam to test for the
presence of parasites, a full CBC profile, feline immunodeficiency virus tests,
feline leukemia exam, and x-rays. An ultrasound will also be done if your cat
continuously vomits. Older cats should be subjected to thyroid profile and a
urine analysis. If it is a chronic digestive case, then endoscopic biopsies may
also need to be done.
Take your cat to the veterinarian if diarrhea and vomiting
continue for more than a couple of days. This is important to avoid the onset
of liver or kidney complications. There could be infections in addition to
dehydration too. Your veterinarian will provide symptomatic medications to
relieve the symptoms. Intravenous fluids could be given to prevent and also
Cats suffering from intestines, stomach, or pancreas
inflammation may vomit. A feline which has ingested hair in excessive
quantities may have stomach upset. This is usually found in cats who overgroom.
Another notable cause is foreign body ingestion. This is particularly true for cats who like
to eat dental floss, rubber bands, and tinsel. Another cause is the development
of dietary hypersensitivities which may happen to any feline of any age. If you
see your car vomiting continuously, restrict its food anywhere from 12 to 24
hours so that the digestive tract inflammation subsides during that time. You
can also feed your kitty baby food like lamb or turkey baby food. These are
bland and could help in making your furball better.
If your cat has ingested
too much hair, it is suggested that you give it a cat-specific laxative.
Lubricants like cod liver oil could be given to soften up hair or foreign
materials lodged within the cat's stomach. A complete medical examination is a
must if the condition of the cat gets worse. Diarrhea is a marker of intestinal
inflammation. It has a mucuosy or watery appearance. Blood could be present if
the place of intestinal inflammation is in the colon. The standard symptoms of
colitis are inappropriate defecation outside litterbox, straining, and urgency.
The slippery elm herb is a common solution in such cases.