Diarrhea and vomiting, symptoms that don't deceive
As you know, gastroenteritis is an inflammation that affects your cat’s stomach (gastritis) and intestine (enteritis). The symptoms are very similar to those of a human:
- Abdominal pain
- Poor appetite
- In more rare cases, gastroenteritis in cats may be accompanied by fever
However, be careful of the dehydration caused by vomiting. Your cat’s vomiting and diarrhea may contain traces of blood, in which case, feel free to contact your veterinarian who will help you better treat your cat’s gastroenteritis.
Causes of gastroenteritis in your cat
Several reasons can be the source of vomiting and diarrhea in your cat. This can be caused by an inadequate diet and can trigger gastroenteritis.
- 1 - The bacterial infection
Si vous laissez votre chat aller dehors, il leur arrive parfois de manger des produits avariés dans une poubelle, ou des restes de repas laissés à disposition pour les chats du quartier, c’est à ce moment qu’ils peuvent contracter cette infection.
- 2 - The parasitic infection (worms)
It can also trigger vomiting and diarrhea in your cat.
- 3 - Cat typhus, or infectious feline panleucopenia
Contagious and deadly cat disease caused by a virus called feline parvovirus. This highly resistant infection affects cats living in groups and eating in the same bowls.
A vaccine is available to prevent this disease. The earlier your feline is vaccinated, the less likely it is to get this disease.
Treatment for gastroenteritis of your cat
We remind you that vomiting, can cause dehydration in cats. To avoid this, you have to ration the water you give it, you have to supply it in small quantities because it strengthens the nausea.
The second action to take is the diet. Indeed, your cat’s digestive system needs to rest. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you on the diet to bring to your cat during this gastroenteritis to avoid complications: hepatic lipidosis. In particular, he may prescribe anti-vomiting treatment. In order to know if this disease is of viral origin he can take blood samples or even a stool analysis if there is blood.
If your cat is really dehydrated, the veterinarian can start an infusion.
We would like to remind you that in case of doubt or acute or persistent symptoms, the veterinarian will be the best person to help your cat.