Cats can get upset stomachs for a variety of reasons.
Stress, medication, eating something they shouldn’t have, food allergies and intolerances.
Our pet’s guts are as fragile as our own.
The big difference of course being, we can call a doctor if something feels off, or pester a loved one for sympathy.
Our pets don’t have that luxury and are wholly reliant on us to spot symptoms.
The obvious signs are vomiting and diarrhoea.
If your cat is vomiting then it doesn’t take a pet detective to work out that something is definitely amiss.
Similarly, diarrhoea is usually a sign that a certain food or ingredient is not agreeing with your cat’s gut.
If vomiting and diarrhoea begin happening regularly then monitor the situation closely, take notes on what they have been eating, and begin working out whether it’s a simple case of tummy trouble or cause to ring the vet.
More subtle symptoms include lethargic movement, abdominal discomfort (are they curling up or whimpering more?) and lip-licking, which is a sign of nausea.
Old age can also bring with it digestive distress so make sure you take extra care to keep an eye out for these symptoms during your cat’s senior years.
Cats love to eat. So, if you’re struggling to understand your feline friend’s sudden loss of appetite, it could well be another intestinal alarm bell ringing.
A well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet is key to a cat’s health and wellbeing.
For cats suffering with sensitive stomachs, a carefully thought-out diet is even more vital.
There are many foods that can trigger allergies and intolerances in cats. Working with your vet is really important to help identify and eliminate the ingredient from their diet.
Instead, high-quality, protein-rich recipes with a variety of natural ingredients, varied levels of hydration and added vitamins and minerals, are all mealtime musts.
Natural ingredients are easier to digest and will soothe stomachs, not aggravate allergies.
Foods high in antioxidants and omega fatty acids will also help keep immune systems fighting fit, protecting our furry friends from all manner of potential stomach bugs.
Remember, if problems persist do not hesitate in contacting your vet.