Upset stomach is common in cats. Eating too fast can cause it, as can intestinal worms and hairballs. Symptoms of upset stomach include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. If you think your cat is suffering from an upset stomach, there are many ways you can treat it and help her feel better.
Take your cat’s food away for 24 hours to help her tummy rest and eliminate the cause of the irritation. Give her plenty of fresh water to drink so she does not get dehydrated. Do not take food away from kittens for more than four hours, though.
Feed Her Bland Foods
Feed your cat some bland foods like boiled chicken and rice when her fast is over. Gradually reintroduce your cat’s regular diet over three to four days once she is no longer vomiting. It’s important to gradually return to her diet because going back to her normal diet too quickly may aggravate her upset stomach.
Treat any hairballs your cat may have. Dab a little petroleum jelly on your cat’s paw to be licked off. This will help treat and prevent hairballs from causing digestive problems in your cat. Brush your cat daily to help control hairballs.
Let your cat rest in a warm quiet place while she recovers from her upset tummy. Provide plenty of soft blankets to help her feel as comfortable and cozy as possible.
Eliminate Possible Toxins
Check your home to make sure nothing toxic is causing her upset stomach. Get down on your cat’s level and look around to see if there are any toxins your cat may be exposed to.
Seek Vet Care
Take your cat to the veterinary immediately if she is vomiting repeatedly or if her stomach begins to swell. She may have contracted intestinal worms or ingested something inappropriate.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.