What to Do for a Cat That Has a Stomach Ache

Cats with stomach aches may vomit repeatedly, develop flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and lose their appetite. While in mild cases, home remedies may be helpful, it is highly recommended to consult with a veterinarian should the cat appear sluggish, dehydrated, and not interested in its surroundings. Kittens should always be seen promptly because they can deteriorate quickly.

Stomach Ache in cats

Causes of Stomach Ache cats pain:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Hairballs
  • Parasites
  • Intestinal foreign bodies, such as string
  • Cancer
  • Ingestion of toxic substances
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Bacterial overgrowth

The system that can cause a cat upset stomach to include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hormonal disorders, such as hyperthyroidism or diabetes
  • Brain disorders that cause vertigo
  • Infections
  • Cancer of almost any system
  • Pain or stress

If your cat has repeated bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of appetite, you should see your vet as soon as possible.

How do I get my cat with a stomach upset to eat?
It is important for your cat to continue to eat regularly as prolonged loss of appetite can be harmful to your cat. If your cat does not eat, you may develop a fatty liver disease, which is potentially fatal, and which could cause a prolonged loss of appetite in the cat.

While working with your veterinarian to control your cat’s symptoms with medication, you can also try the following if your cat is flipping its nose in its food:

  • Warm her food in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds – the heat will make her smell more delicious. Test it before serving to make sure it’s not too hot!
  • Try feeding her canned food if you’re serving her dry food and vice versa.
  • Make the experience even more enjoyable: Talk to her kindly and poke her while serving food.

If your cat won’t eat for more than 48 hours, then it’s time to get your vet involved.

While a cat upset stomach can be unpleasant for your kitty, it’s not unsolvable. Proper veterinary care and nutrition will resolve most cats’ tummy issues — and hopefully, save your carpet as well.

Once the cat starts feeling better, the regular diet may be gradually introduced over the course of a few days. Going back to the regular diet too abruptly may cause a relapse of the symptoms. Cats that do not feel better, appear dehydrated and lethargic should be seen by a veterinarian right away.