Common Digestive Issues in Cats
Our cat’s digestive system is the key to their overall health, including all the organs required to intake and process nutrients in their food. Feline’s can suffer from a wide array of digestive issues, from mild to severe. In this guide we will discuss many of the digestive ailments and symptoms cats deal with, while offering solutions to help.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMON DIGESTIVE ISSUES WITH LINKS ON HOW TO HELP.
Other common digestive problems in cats:
- IBD / IBS
- Panleukopenia Virus
Coccidia in Cats
Coccidiosis in cats is caused by a parasite (coccidia) in the intestinal tract, creating damage within the intestines. Infections of this type are typically present in kittens and cats with a weaken immune system. If the cat is infected with these parasites, they will often experience diarrhea and a sensitive stomach.
Giardia in Cats
Giardia is a parasite that can cause infection in a cat’s small intestine when they are exposed via oral ingestion. While, curable, giardia can cause severe discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss in cats.
Hookworms in Cats
Hookworms are another intestinal parasite that can infect the small intestine. Under a microscope, the worm looks like a hook (thus the name) and they feed on your cat’s tissue fluids and blood. If left untreated, these parasites will reproduce in the digestive tract, causing anemia, bloody stools, unhealthy coat and weight loss.
IBD / IBS in Cats
Irritable Bowel Disease in cats is caused by inflammation and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. Common symptoms of IBD are intermittent diarrhea, weight loss, decreased appetite, bloody stools and abdominal pain. The proper treatment of IBD in cats involves diet and supplementation to reduce gut inflammation and restore the lining of the stomach.
Megacolon in Cats
Megacolon in cats is an illness of the colon that leads to chronic constipation and severe discomfort of the abdomen. A foreign body obstruction, left untreated, is sometimes the cause of megacolon in felines, but it’s often unknown as to what causes the nerves in the colon to become unresponsive.
Pancreatitis in Cats
Pancreatitis happens when a cat’s pancreas becomes inflamed and can not function properly as a key organ. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and often loss of appetite. The key to resolve this issue lies in reducing the inflammation and supporting the pancreas naturally.
Panleukopenia Virus in Cats
Panleukopenia (also called feline distemper or feline parvo) is a highly contagious viral disease in cats that can mirror symptoms of salmonella poisoning. Early symptoms can include loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea and even respiratory symptoms. This virus is most prevalent in unvaccinated kittens, but can be spread to adult cats as well. Treatment requires anti-viral support, fluids and providing key nutrients to the body.
Roundworms in Cats
Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites in cats. These spaghetti-looking worms can lay 100K eggs in one day, causing a quick infestation of a felines intestines. While there are affective treatments for roundworm, it’s important to spot the symptoms early.
Tapeworms in Cats
Tapeworms are another intestinal parasite that look like grains of rice in your cat’s stool. Cats can contract tapeworms through ingesting a flea, rodent or reptile that is carrying the larvae. Cats with a compromised immune system may show symptoms such as poor coat, mild diarrhea, irritability and unpredictable appetite.