If your cat is suddenly grumpy or has digestive issues, such as vomiting or diarrhea, it may have gastrointestinal problems. It is important to get these treated before they worsen. At Ferreira Animal Hospital in Miami, FL, we can help. Our veterinarian, Dr. Paula Ferreira, will diagnose your cat and provide treatment.
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats
Here are a few things to look out for if your cat is having gastrointestinal issues:
- Decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
- Weight loss (for chronic digestive issues)
- Abdominal pain
- Behavior changes, like lethargy, hiding, or grumpiness
Causes of Gastrointestinal Issues
Cat stomach problems can come about for different reasons. These include:
- Dietary indiscretion: Eating spoilt food can cause digestive upset.
- Diet: Cereals and excess sugars could be the reason why your cat has flatulence and bad breath.
- Parasites: Intestinal parasites, such as Giardia, can lead to vomiting and diarrhea in cats.
- Viruses: Contagious viruses, such as Feline Enteritis, lead to digestive upsets in felines.
- Bacteria: Your furry friend can pick up bacteria from anywhere.
- Pancreatitis: Another cause of digestive issues in cats is pancreas inflammation.
- Hairballs: Felines often suffer from hairballs after they swallow their hair while grooming.
How to Help Your Cat
Some cat stomach problems can be solved through simple techniques. You can give your cat plenty of water or change its diet. However, if your cat is still suffering, it is best to take it to our veterinarian. Here are signs it is time to go to our vet:
- Severe and frequent vomiting or diarrhea.
- Your cat has not eaten for 48 hours.
- Your cat also has fever, dehydration, pain, or breathing difficulties.
Treating Gastrointestinal Issues
After Dr. Ferreira carries out a physical examination, we will also do diagnostic testing. Here, our vet will do a stool check, ultrasound, x-ray, hormonal testing, urine analysis, or infectious disease testing. Depending on what we find, we will recommend the most suitable treatment. This may include medications, diet changes, and more.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Miami, FL for Cat Gastrointestinal Treatment
If your cat has stomach problems, we can help. At Ferreira Animal Hospital, our veterinarian will diagnose gastrointestinal problems in your cat and provide treatment. We are happy to answer your questions as well. Call us today to schedule an appointment.