Cat Gastritis: Causes &Treatment
Gastritis is a common digestive disorder in cats. It has many causes and can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. It does not manifest itself in the same way in all cats. However, it does require veterinary care because it can be life-threatening for your pet.
What is cat gastritis?
Gastritis attacks the mucous membrane of the stomach. It is an inflammation of the stomach lining and can affect all breeds of cats regardless of their age or overall health. It is a pathology that can have many origins. It can be caused by a high level of specific bacteria or by parasites in your pet’s body.
In addition, some forms of gastritis can also be caused by IBD (chronic inflammatory bowel disease). Also, acute gastritis can become chronic, which is why it must be quickly managed. It is, therefore, necessary to quickly consult a veterinarian who will be able to diagnose gastritis in your feline.
Chronic gastritis is often the result of poorly treated acute gastritis. However, it can also be caused by a food allergy, a foreign body, or thyroid problems.
Unlike the acute form of the disease, vomiting may be irregular and not occur every day. If your cat develops these symptoms, you should see your veterinarian as a matter of urgency. Your cat will need specific treatment and follow-up.
It would be a shame not to detect a serious disease!
If your cat suffers from acute gastritis, you’ll notice several symptoms. Indeed, vomiting is frequent, painful, and sometimes accompanied by blood. He usually vomits bile that has nothing to do with a food rejection due to a meal he would have swallowed too quickly for example.
In the case of acute gastritis, the most important thing is to ensure that the cat is always hydrated in order to relieve its digestive tract. It is recommended to make an appointment with your veterinarian if symptoms persist for more than 48 hours.
What are the symptoms?
A cat showing signs of gastritis will have specific symptoms. Gastritis is frequently accompanied by painful vomiting due to inflammation of the stomach lining. The cat will also suffer from dyslexia (appetite disorders) and consequently will lose a lot of weight.
It is also possible that the cat will quickly become dehydrated, so it is best to make sure that it drinks as much as possible. Overall, you will notice that your pet’s general condition is deteriorating. These symptoms require immediate veterinary attention.
Weight loss is one of the most important symptoms of gastritis. In fact, this gastrointestinal problem will cause burning in the digestive tract, which will lead to a loss of appetite due to the pain called dyslexia.
The latter manifests itself intermittently as is the case for bulimia or anorexia. To prevent your cat from losing too much weight, it is necessary to give him quickly a treatment adapted to relieve the pain and allow him to start eating normally again.
The cat vomits
One of the most common symptoms of gastritis is vomiting. Because the mucous membranes of the digestive tract are damaged, the cat may vomit everything it eats. Also, if her stomach is empty, she may vomit a whitish foam called bile. However, although vomiting often occurs after a meal, it is possible for your cat to vomit even outside of meal times.
Treatment of Cat Gastritis
There are ways to prevent gastritis. At home, you can start by putting your pet on a 24-hour diet to help rest the digestive system. You should also make sure to keep fresh water available.
If your cat vomits the water within minutes of ingesting it, then give small amounts of water to keep her well hydrated. If your cat doesn’t improve within 24 hours, she should be taken to a veterinary clinic to determine the exact cause of the problem and to receive appropriate treatment.
An adapted diet
To fight against intestinal problems, you must start by giving your pet a suitable diet, especially when it suffers from chronic gastritis. To treat acute gastritis, it is best to avoid kibble or other dry foods and replace them with moist food that is easier to digest. You should avoid foods that are too heavy to digests, such as kibbles that are too rich in fat and protein.
Gastritis should not be confused with food allergy. Indeed, the symptoms are almost identical and yet it is not the same thing. It is therefore advisable to take your cat to the veterinarian to determine whether your cat is having an allergic reaction or is suffering from gastritis. With additional tests (blood tests, ultrasound, biopsy…), the veterinarian will be able to quickly determine the exact cause of the cat’s ailments and administer the appropriate treatment accordingly.
There are different solutions to calm your cat’s vomiting. You can give your cat medication designed to prevent repeated vomiting. There are also dietary supplements that can be added to your cat’s food to ensure proper digestion and prevent gastritis or other gastrointestinal problems.