How to Tell If Your Cat Has Stomach Problems

Whether they’re the result of constipation, IBS, diarrhea or food poisoning, the nasty sensations associated with stomach discomfort can make it incredibly difficult for us to enjoy life to the fullest. And unfortunately for our favorite felines, cats are just as susceptible to stomach problems as humans. To exacerbate matters further, animals can’t express the pain or discomfort they’re feeling as clearly or directly as we can, making it tough for pet parents to assess the reason why their lovable kitty isn’t feeling well. Luckily, almost all cats exhibit a few telltale behaviors when their stomachs aren’t working as intended.

At Wapiti Labs, we provide pet owners with all of the resources and support they need to encourage optimal health and happiness for their four-legged companions. Our team develops a variety of natural pet supplements that pair EVA (Elk Velvet Antler) with powerful herbs to foster strength, longevity, mobility and vitality in cats and dogs. We’re also happy to offer advice and counsel to make the process of caring for your pet as simple and stress-free as possible. Today, we’ll be helping you to determine whether your cat has stomach problems and discussing a few potential solutions.

Symptoms and Causes of Stomach Problems in Cats

According to Vetstreet, vomiting and inappetence (an uncharacteristic loss of appetite) are two of the most common symptoms of stomach issues in cats. These signs might also be paired with weight loss and symptoms of dehydration (like dry, tacky gums). Stomach pain and discomfort can also cause cats to retch, become depressed or begin to hide around the house. If you notice any of these symptoms in your feline, we highly encourage you to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible for a checkup. Your local animal doctor will have the skills, equipment and experience needed to pin down the exact cause of your cat’s stomach issues.

Considering the wide range of conditions that can cause the symptoms we’ve listed above, we don’t recommend trying to diagnose your cat’s health problem without help from a veterinary expert. After all, decreased appetite and vomiting can be caused by something as innocuous as a small hairball or as serious as intestinal parasites. Certain bacterial conditions, abdominal obstructions, constipation and sudden changes in diet or medication can also lead to stomach discomfort in cats. When meeting with your veterinarian, they will likely perform a physical examination to gain a better understanding of exactly which symptoms are affecting your cat. From there, they may recommend blood tests, radiographs or ultrasounds to identify the exact source of your pet’s discomfort.

Helping a Cat Suffering From Stomach Issues

The specific solution for your cat’s stomach issues depends largely on which condition is causing them. In most cases, a combination of anti-vomiting medications and shifts in diet will be all it takes to make your kitty feel better again. For more severe ailments and conditions, your pet may need to undergo surgery, but these instances are relevantly rare. We also recommend chatting with your veterinarian about utilizing natural pet supplements to help your cat’s stomach recover. These supplements can play a huge role in harmonizing your feline’s stomach and ensuring their GI tract stays in peak condition, especially when combined with any medication or diet changes your veterinarian suggests.

Wapiti’s GI Tract Supplement

If you’re interested in trying one of Wapiti’s natural pet supplements to help your cat, then be sure to check out our GI Tract formulation for felines. This blend of natural herbs (including Mentha herb, Agastache herb, Pueraria root and citrus peels) is designed to naturally reduce occasional stomach discomfort in cats, supporting digestion and bowel health in the process. Not only does our GI Tract supplement mitigate stomach discomfort, but it also soothes and protects the GI tract while helping to resolve food stagnation caused by undigested food. Many pet parents also use GI Tract to help their cat maintain contentment during travel because it harmonizes the stomach and helps to reduce the discomfort caused by traveling in a moving vehicle. Put simply, if your cat needs additional digestion support, eats grass or swallows indigestible foreign materials (like yarn or bits of cat toys), then GI is an excellent choice.

Note: Always consult with your veterinarian before starting your cat on any new supplement or medication regimen!

Preventing Future Stomach Problems in Your Cat

Once you and your veterinarian lock down an effective treatment plan for your cat, all you have to do is stick with it and work to prevent future stomach issues. For example, if your cat’s stomach problems were caused by an abrupt change in diet, try to gradually mix the new food in with their current meals next time you have to switch it. Preventing discomfort caused by hairballs or abdominal obstructions is pretty easy as well. Just be sure to groom your cat regularly (to cut down on fur buildup) and put away any small toys, strings or threads your cat can ingest whenever you aren’t around to supervise your kitty. Once again, if you need more guidance with prevention, just give your veterinarian a call. They value the happiness and well-being of your cat just as much as you do, so they won’t mind at all if you reach out to them for more advice or support.

Contact Wapiti Labs Today

Would you like to learn more about Wapiti Labs or our industry-leading pet supplements? Then be sure to call or message us! You can also shoot us a message if you have additional questions about the key symptoms of sick cats, cat constipation or any other subject pertaining to improving and maintaining your kitty’s health. As always, we’re here to help you and your pet in any way we can.

4 comments on “How to Tell If Your Cat Has Stomach Problems

  1. Julius Wither Amberfield on

    It was really helpful when you said that it’s not good to diagnose that problem of my cat without consulting an expert first because like you said, they have the skills, equipment, and experience needed in order to truly find what the problem was. My cat has been vomiting a lot lately and she’s not even eating as much as he usually does. I am suspecting that she’s sick, so I plan on taking her to the vet before it gets worse. Thank you for sharing the info.

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  2. Juli on

    My cat is 17, and she has been fine until about 6-8 wks ago when she started flicking her tongue, like something stuck in her mouth. She has decreased her food consumption, as it seems she wants it, but just can’t eat it. She does seem to drink water though. Also, her stomach rumbles alot too. The vet did blood work, and all came back fine, and it’s not her teeth either. We are trying a probiotic, and a famotidine(?) in case of acid relfux. Vet is @ a loss..any ideas would be great, thank you!

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    • Bridget Titterud on

      Thank you for inquiring with Wapiti Labs! We have reviewed your question that was submitted. Was your Veterinarian able to conduct X-Rays to rule out any foreign bodies that may be present? There have been cases that sound similar to a cat swallowing a string or something that could be potentially stuck on the back of the tongue, throat, or in the digestive system. This could help explain why she can swallow water but having difficulty with food. If a foreign body is ruled out and the cat is still struggling, you can try our GI Tract Formula. This is a liquid tincture given once daily for two weeks or until symptoms improve. After then, it can be tapered off to every other day or on an as needed basis. Our GI Tract Naturally reduces occasional stomach discomfort while supporting digestion and lower bowel health. So, our product would help with the food once consumed. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. We are happy to help! Best of luck with your cat, we will be thinking of you!

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  3. Zoe Campos on

    Thank you for telling me that seeing early signs of weight loss and dehydration in my cat means that I immediately need to have him checked. My Siamese had missed two of his meals now and since he’s a really good eater, this is an uncommon event for the two of us. I’ll try observing him for another day while I look for the nearest animal hospital that I can take him to just in case we find ourselves in need of their services.

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