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Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats

Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats

At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines, we've seen plenty of gastrointestinal issues in cats. Although occasional vomiting may not be reason for concern, it's best to rule out more serious concerns to ensure your cat is happy and healthy.

Common Causes of Cat Stomach Problems

Your cat may experience stomach issues if you switch his food suddenly. If you need to change your cat's diet, mix the new food with the old food and taper off the old food gradually. This includes when you first bring your cat home. The shelter may provide you with the food your cat has been eating, or you can purchase a bit of the old food to use for the transition. Add 25% new food the first day, 50% the second day, and 75% new food to your cat's meals the third day. By day four, your cat should be eating new food entirely.

Just like humans can struggle with acid reflux, your feline companion may have acid reflux issues, especially if it's older or overweight. An antacid, prescribed by your veterinarian, can reduce symptoms such as vomiting. Small, frequent meals can also minimize the symptoms of reflux in cats.

Another common stomach concern for cats is irritable bowel disease, or IBD, which affects approximately 40% of cats. When the intestines no longer tolerate certain foods, your cat may not get all the nutrition it needs and may display symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.  Dietary changes and medication may help.

There are other conditions that may cause gastrointestinal issues in cats as well as other symptoms that may indicate a GI issue, including hairballs and pooping outside of the litterbox. 

If your cat is experiencing gastrointestinal issues, a veterinarian can narrow down the cause of your cat's distress and suggest the best course of action. You can help your veterinarian make a diagnosis if you know what and how often your cat eats and your cat's litterbox habits.

Get Help with Cat Stomach Problems

For help with your cat's GI symptoms in West Des Moines, contact us at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital.

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