Knowing what signs indicate a digestive problem in the cat can help you ensure proper veterinary treatment as soon as possible. Here you can find more information about common symptoms.
When it comes to digestive problems, cats can suffer multiple problems caused by many different things, so it can be useful to know how to recognize the signs of a digestive problem.
Your cat has difficulty eating or swallowing.
If your cat has an obstruction in the esophagus (such as a hairball), or if the muscles of the esophagus or stomach do not work well, you may notice that you have difficulty eating or swallowing.
You will notice that he does not want to eat (since it may cause pain), and when he does it can be difficult or exhausting. They can regurgitate food, that is, return it without vomiting effort, usually shortly after eating and without warning. You can cough, because of undigested food lodged in the esophagus.
Your cat throws up or has hairballs
No wonder cats occasionally vomit, especially if they have eaten something that their body identifies as harmful. Frequent vomiting, twice a month or more, may be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as an infection, an inflammatory disease or an ulcer; However, cats vomit for various reasons. When your cat vomits, it will return the food it partially digested in the stomach or bile, often quite a long time after eating. This is not the same as regurgitation, which is a more passive and immediate reaction.
If your cat regurgitates a pile of compact and caked hair, he might have problems with the hairballs. These are formed when the excess hair ingested by the toilet accumulates in the digestive tract of your cat. In general, these hairs pass through the digestive tract and are expelled, but if they are too many, the body cannot do this and hairballs are formed. Although long-haired cats may be more prone, this is a particular problem for indoor cats, since they spend much more time grooming than outdoor cats. Some cats will not form hairballs, but their vomit will have hairs.
Your cat has diarrhea
Like vomiting, diarrhea can be an indicator of a broader disease that is affecting the cat. Veterinarians distinguish between large intestine and small intestine diarrhea, which are characterized by different symptoms and causes.
If the cat has large intestine diarrhea, each bowel movement will tend to have the same volume as normal or less, but will be more frequent, and often will include blood or mucus. You may also notice that your bowel movements are softer at the end of the day. The cat will also show the need to evacuate urgently and more frequently.
Small intestine diarrhea in the cat tends to be large in each bowel movement, the color may vary, for example, green or orange, and may include undigested food. Vomiting, weight loss and flatulence can also be observed in the cat.
One of the difficulties in controlling cat feces is that they sometimes leave the house to make their bowel movements. In that case, check if the cat has feces around the anus, as this may be an indicator of diarrhea, and monitor how often it comes out.
If you notice that the cat has any of these symptoms, it is important to take it to a veterinarian to be able to identify and properly treat the cause of the problem. Many digestive problems can be alleviated or treated with a proper diet, ask the veterinarian to recommend the best food to give your cat to strengthen his digestive health.