Even the healthiest cats can sometimes have bouts of diarrhea or constipation, a little gas or even vomit. While these symptoms are more prevalent in cats eating a dry or canned food diet, those eating raw or homemade food can suffer after eating a bug or lizard or something else that simply does not agree with their digestive tract.
In many cases, one of the following can relieve the symptoms and get kitty back on track. Of course, if the problem is persistent or is accompanied by other symptoms like lethargy, fever, loss of fur or anything else out of the ordinary, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Pumpkin flesh is an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. This means that it not only bulks the stool (helps to relieve diarrhea), but it also works to push waste through the colon (helping relieve constipation). Pumpkin is also rich in enzymes that can ease an upset stomach. Simply add a teaspoon of freshly steamed, baked or canned pureed pumpkin to the cat’s food once a day or more. Pumpkin can be used every day, even after the symptoms disappear.
This wonderful herb coats, soothes, protects and helps heal the irritated mucous membrane in the lining of the stomach and intestines. It also works to reduce inflammation and is a natural antibiotic. Slippery elm relieves an upset stomach – even one caused by nerves, like a move to a new home or a ride in the car. It is also an ideal remedy for constipation and diarrhea. For a cat that has vomited, slippery elm can offer quick relief.
Use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of the dried herb mixed with some water, enough to make it into a liquid or a paste. As a liquid, it can be administered with a syringe. In paste form, some cats will lick it right off a finger. Or it can be mixed in with food or even a little yogurt. This dose can be repeated four or five times per day. One word of caution: avoid using slippery elm for an extended period (no more than a couple of weeks), as it does such a great job of coating the lining of the digestive tract that there is a risk of nutrients not being absorbed.
This carminative herb relaxes stomach muscles and is wonderful for relieving excess gas and nausea. Simply brew a bag of chamomile tea and let it cool. Pour between a teaspoon and tablespoon over food, add to your cat’s water bowl, or serve as is. If your cat does not go for this, a powdered form may be more suitable.
Adding a probiotic to your cat’s diet can go a long way in keeping him or her regular. Probiotics are living microorganisms that keep pathogenic bacteria – the bad kind – from creating an imbalance inside the digestive tract.
The digestive tract is home to billions of bacteria. It is the proper ratio of good-to-bad bacteria that keeps the immune system functioning well. When gut flora is balanced, the body is able to fight bacterial and viral infections from taking root. When bad bacteria are able to flourish, they can take over the digestive tract. This can lead to many digestive diseases and disorders including irritable bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, overgrowth of yeast causing digestive and skin problems and more.
Be sure to use one made specifically for pets. Cats (and dogs) require strains that can survive the strong acids produced in their stomachs.
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