Is my cat having digestive trouble?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Your Cat’s Digestion

Anyone who has cats knows that they can occasionally experience upset stomachs and sensitive digestive tracts. These can be minor, passing problems, or indicate larger issues that should be addressed by a veterinarian.

Vomiting

Vomiting is one of the most common problems cats can have. Your cat may throw up occasionally in order to get rid of hairballs.

Another explanation, and one of the most common reasons for vomiting, could be that your cat is eating too quickly. When cats eat too voraciously, they often swallow their kibble whole and end up gagging. The easiest way to slow down an overeager feline eater is to feed a larger kibble size so she has to take longer to chew and swallow. You can also try feeding smaller portions more often or using a food distributor ball.

Competition with Other Cats

Another cause of rapid eating is competition around the food bowl. If you have multiple cats, you may want to try feeding them in separate areas.

If the problem continues, or if your cat is vomiting blood, call your veterinarian.

Other Digestive Issues

Diarrhea and not eating are both common issues for cats. These symptoms can be caused by many different factors, including a change in diet, stress, parasites, or infections. It’s difficult to tell what’s wrong when a cat stops eating, vomits, or experiences diarrhea. The best thing to do is contact your veterinarian and seek the advice of a professional, since some serious conditions can result in pain, distress, and life-threatening complications.

We hope these tips offer some insight into your cat’s digestive issues.

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