The change of seasons is often accompanied by drastic changes in temperature, and it is very easy to get sick during the change of seasons. Not only humans, but cats are also very susceptible to disease at this stage, especially the stomach because cats are very sensitive, so it is very easy to get gastroenteritis when the season changes. Today, let me take you to learn about relevant knowledge in this area.
Four common cat gastroenteritis symptoms
- Drink water frequently
- Curled belly
Diarrhea is caused by gastrointestinal indigestion, which can cause cats to diarrhea frequently, and the stool is watery with a fishy smell. If it has reached the later stage of the disease, it will cause intestinal mucosal bleeding, and the stool will be black and green with bloodshot or blood clots.
There are many reasons for cat vomiting, but the vomiting caused by acute gastroenteritis is relatively easy to identify. The vomit is mostly undigested food residue and gastric juice, and the cat’s mental state after vomiting will become poor, it will do not want to eat, lethargy, please immediately Sent to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
3.Drink water frequently
Because cats have diarrhea, the water is not completely absorbed by the stomach and excreted from the body, which will make the cat feel thirsty and drink a lot of water, but it may vomit soon after drinking.
Because it is an intestinal disease, it may be accompanied by strong abdominal pain, so the cat will constantly look towards the belly, or hide in a corner and shrink into a ball, and is emotionally nervous so that others will not touch its belly.
How to treat cat gastroenteritis
The treatment of cat gastroenteritis mainly depends on the medicine prescribed by the doctor. It is necessary to prohibit eating and drinking before giving the medicine. The methods of prohibiting eating and drinking are as follows:
Cats are prohibited from eating and drinking for 8 hours. If the cat no longer vomits, you can feed it with warm water and add the proper amount of salt to the water to make physiological saline to prevent the cat from dehydration. It is forbidden to eat and drink for 24 hours, if the cat is no vomiting, you can properly feed some dry food soaked in water.
During the prohibition of eating and drinking, medication should also be taken, and feed the cat to the anti-inflammatory drug prescribed by the doctor according to the condition. Finally, you must most want to know the cause of the cat’s gastroenteritis.
May cause cats to get gastroenteritis
- Improper feeding method
- eating improper food
- Drug side effects
- Cat plague
1.Improper feeding method
Some owners suddenly change cat food during the period of raising a cat, and do not mix the food when changing the food to give the cat time to adapt, which causes the cat’s gastrointestinal discomfort and causes gastroenteritis.
2.Eating improper food
In summer, wet food and cat meals made for cats by yourself are easy to spoil. If cats eat them, they will naturally have diarrhea. There are many things that cats can’t eat, such as onions, garlic, and some potted flowers or leaves. If the cat eats it, it will be poisoned, and it will feel uncomfortable at the same time, and it will cause disease.
Parasites will continue to steal the cat’s nutrients and multiply in the cat’s body. The larvae will be excreted with the feces. This is also a cause of cats’ gastroenteritis.
Sometimes, cats get gastroenteritis due to other diseases, such as pancreatitis, kidney disease, and liver disease, which may cause cats to get gastroenteritis.
5.Drug side effects
Some medicines, may be accompanied by certain side effects, so be sure to inquire before taking the medicine.
The symptoms of cat plague can also include vomiting and diarrhea, but there are certain differences between the two, so how do you judge whether your cat is gastroenteritis or cat plague? There are many methods. You can go to a pet hospital for a blood test, or you can buy a test strip for a simple test at home.Gastroenteritis is not contagious, but cat plague can be contagious, so if a cat in the house has detected cat plague, it must be isolated in time.
In addition, the symptoms of cat plague and cat gastroenteritis are also different. First of all, cat plague has an incubation period of 2-8 days, and kittens are very susceptible to infection. First of all, cat plague has an incubation period of 2-8 days, and kittens are very susceptible to infection. After the onset, the cat will have a fever (above 40°), and the cat’s mental state will become worse, accompanied by symptoms such as anorexia, dehydration, and vomiting. The vomit is yellow-green, and the mouth, eyes, and nose secretions will increase. The stool will be bloody.
How to prevent cat gastroenteritis
- Don’t feed your cat raw meat
- Don’t feed your cat hot or cold food
- Allow time for cats to adapt during the food exchange
- Frequently clean daily necessities such as food bowls and water basins
1.Don’t feed your cat raw meat
There may be parasites in raw meat, so try not to feed raw meat.
2.Don’t feed your cat hot or cold food
Food that is too cold or too hot will make your cat’s sensitive and fragile intestines uncomfortable and will increase your cat’s possibility of suffering from gastroenteritis.
3.Allow time for cats to adapt during the food exchange
When changing cat food, you should gradually give the cat the time to adapt. You can adjust the ratio of the two kinds of cat foods regularly to achieve the purpose of allowing the cat to adapt.
4.Frequently clean daily necessities such as food bowls and water basins
Frequent cleaning of food bowls and other daily necessities can reduce the cat’s exposure to bacteria.