common digestive problems in cats

Felines can be picky eaters, and they often have no qualms about letting you know when they’re “unsatisfied” with their meals.  But can you sense the difference between a stubborn feline-food-snob and a cat suffering from digestion problems?

Cats are very similar, but very different.  They’re the pet-paradox in many peoples’ lives: smart, but sassy; loving, but violent; calm, but high-maintenance.  The same balancing act can be said to be true for their diets.  Some cats love their food and have stable appetites, whereas others will knock their dish off the counter and watch you pick it up piece-by-piece.  Have you ever wondered why your cat could be in such a fowl mood with regards to their food? 

The majority of felines, like their human counterparts, will suffer from digestive problems and GI disorders in their lifetime (70-80% of all cats).  So what causes such widespread digestive issues?

 

feline digestion

What causes digestion issues in cats?

From meowing in pain, to an inability to stay still, or an episode of constipation, your cat can suffer great discomfort and pain when digestive problems arise.  The main reasons digestive issues occur relates to the body’s ability (or inability) to intake, process and extricate food. 

If any part of their gastrointestinal system becomes inflamed, infected or shuts down then the entire process of absorbing nutrients from food to passing feces can become an internal mess.

The good news for digestive conditions is that they’re usually short-term and quickly respond to treatment.  

 

The major causes of digestive issues in cats:

 

  • Infection

  • Parasites

  • Inflammation

  • Allergies

  • Spoiled Food

  • Metabolic disorders

  • Stress, anxiety

  • Poor diet

  • Tumors

  • Trauma, injury to abdomen area

symptoms of feline digestive problems

One of the most notable signs of digestive issues is also a symptom of the condition itself: change in appetite.  Sudden loss of appetite or sharp increase in how much/what your cat is eating is usually the first sign that something is out of flux in your cat’s stomach & intestines.  

Other common symptoms include:

  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Excess saliva/drooling
  • Shabby coat
  • Dry, irritated skin
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the gut, abdomen, chest or hips

 

Once you have begun a treatment pay close attention to your cat. If their condition does not improve, return to your vet.

Remember to always:

Paws – Think – Act

Why might my pet be at risk? How can I help my pet avoid this ailment? What changes can I impact to minimize the effects associated with this illness?

Why CBD can be an effective treatment  for your cat’s digestive issues

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be an effective remedy for upset stomachs and digestive conditions.

Cannabidiol (CBD) can be very beneficial for maintaining your cat’s immune system, cardiovascular system and overall vitality CBD helps to lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and reduces anxiety, aggression and stress-related disorders.
 
Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce the severity of feline nausea and vomiting by limiting the number of infections, tumors and gastrointestinal issues.  It can be ingested, under the tongue, or applied topically to the affected areas.  One of the most beneficial components of CBD is that it does not irritate the point of contact, nor does it cause any hallucinogenic effects. Also, CBD has been shown to soothe inflammation in the GI tract, and can help to counteract the irritation, pain or discomfort affecting your cat’s stomach, gut or bowels.
 
Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments – including epilepsy, arthritis and cancer.  Remedies containing CBD achieve this by interacting with your pet’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.
 
CBD can help your pet by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly – that is, CBD interacts with a cat’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your cat; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.
 
As you can see by the scope of ailments that are affected by CBD, it is clear how introducing CBD into your cat’s routine can benefit their internal system.

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