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    How To Tell If Your Cat Has A Stomach Ache

    How To Tell If Your Cat Has A Stomach Ache

    by Health / 3 min read


    Published: May 19, 2023

    Summary: Do cats get stomach aches? In this blog, learn how to tell if your cat has a stomach ache, what the symptoms are and what to do... 


    Do Cats Get Stomach Ache? 

    Yes, our feline friends can experience stomach ache just like we can, and there are various signs that indicate they’re experiencing discomfort in their abdomen.  

    How To Tell If Your Cat Has A Stomach Ache 

    Cat stomach ache symptoms may include: 

    • Hunching their body over 
    • Vocalizing or recoiling if their abdomen is touched 
    • Weight loss 
    • Lack of interest in food 
    • Fast-paced/labored breathing 
    • Hiding 
    • Trouble urinating 
    • Loose stools 
    • Blood in stool 
    • Vomiting 
    • A change in normal body temperature 

    If you notice any of these signs or behaviors in your cat, they should see a vet pronto as the reasons behind the suggested abdominal pain in your feline are vast. From parasitic infection (worms) to gastroenteritis, to pancreatitis, UTIs, and constipation – only a vet will be able to decipher the true reasons behind your cat’s stomach tenderness.  

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    Cat Stomach Ache 

    You can help prevent your feline from experiencing a tummy ache by ensuring they have a nutritious, high-quality diet, are up to date on their veterinarian-recommended shots, and are routinely administered parasitic prevention treatments (for fleas, worms, and ticks).  

    Cat-specific probiotics can be a great way of boosting your feline friend’s immunity too, by properly targeting and fuelling their gut health – which multiple studies have concluded can be a major factor when it comes to promoting overall immune health. So, these may be worth investigating and considering.  


    Author Hollinger, Hannah “Painful Abdomen in Cats” Wag!, Oct 24. 2016  

    Author Grześkowiak, Lukasz and Endo, Akihito and Beasley, Shea and Salminen, Seppo “Microbiota and probiotics in canine and feline welfareNational Library of Medicine, Apr 08. 2015  

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