Stomach pain in cats can only occur sometimes or last for days. Let’s see what are the causes and home remedies to deal with this problem.
The causes of stomach pain in cats can be many. This phenomenon can occur only once or it can be a frequent problem.
In fact, the cat may have a stomach ache because perhaps it has not digested the food or has eaten too quickly, or because it is suffering from some disease. Let’s see below what are the causes of a frequent or not stomach pain in the cat.
Stomach pain in cats: Causes
The feline can suffer from stomach pain only a few times or more often. The causes that lead the cat to have stomach pain only sometimes, could be:
- Hairballs in the cat’s stomach
- The cat ate something that is hindering the stomach
- Parasites in cats
- Viral infections
- The cat ate something toxic
- Side effects of some medicines
- Food change
- Pancreatitis in cats
On the other hand, if stomach upset is very common, the causes could be the following:
- Bacterial infections
- Disorders of motility
- Metabolic disease (hyperthyroidism, renal failure, liver failure, etc.)
Any of these causes listed above require attention from the veterinarian.
Stomach pain in cats: home remedies
If the feline is still very active despite stomach pain, a simple home remedy may also be helpful.
When your cat has a stomach ailment it is advisable to let him fast for at least 12-24 hours, making sure to always provide the cat with water to avoid dehydration.
After these 24 hours have elapsed, feed the cat food and make sure it eats it. It is good to know that if it is a kitten, even 4 hours of fasting during the day are enough.
In the event that the cat vomits or has diarrhea due to stomach upset , it may lose a lot of fluids. To see your cat’s hydration level, just grab some of the skin on her shoulder and release it.
If his skin returns to its place immediately the cat has a good level of hydration, if instead it takes longer the cat is dehydrated. In that case, a veterinarian is needed.
In case the feline has stomach upset. Sometimes the administration of water can cause vomiting in the cat. To avoid this, it is advisable to have your cat lick ice cubes.
After the hours of fasting it is necessary, especially in the case of cats with tumors, to subject the cat to a light diet and feed it no more than 4-6 times a day for at least a week.
Remedies for hairballs
If the reason for the cat’s vomiting is the presence of hairballs, to solve the problem it would be enough to spread some petroleum jelly or any lubricating component on the cat’s paw. In this way, when the cat goes to lick it, it will make it easier for the fur ball to continue.
How to stimulate a cat’s appetite
In case the cat is not interested in food, just prepare some good things, such as boiled chicken or fish, so that the cat once smelled the food will start eating again.
If this lack of interest persists, it is advisable to contact the veterinarian, as if the cat does not eat for a long time he could contract a disease called hepatic steatosis more commonly called “fatty liver”.