Signs Your Cat is Trying to Say She's in Trouble
Health & Wellness
Feline Digestion is one of the most important areas of veterinary science I have the strongest passion for and it’s mostly because of how I almost my Maine Coon Iris when she was a kitten…
What are gastrointestinal and digestive disorders?
Even though the heart is the most important organ in your cat’s body, it’s no more important than the stomach.
Any disorder that reduces the digestion or absorption of food, or alters its passage through the digestive tract, can be called a digestive disorder.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders affect a cat’s stomach and intestines, resulting in pain and other problems. Efficient digestion is essential for your cat to be able to build and repair tissues and obtain energy.
Digestive disorders in cats are quite common and most clear up within a few days. But some cats need long-term nutritional management because they have regular or permanent digestive problems. GI disorders can lead to dehydration, acid-base and electrolyte imbalances and malnutrition so it is important to recognize the signs and consult with your veterinarian.
What are the types and causes of digestive disorders?
There are many different types of digestive disorders. The causes of digestive disorders range from eating something other than cat food, to food intolerance or sensitivities, infections, or lack of digestive enzymes. As I wrote earlier with Heart Disease, some cat breeds such as Sphynx, Rex and Ragdoll, are more prone to particular digestive problems.
Your veterinarian may carry out tests to determine the exact cause of your cat’s GI problem.
Commonly diagnosed conditions include:
Acute gastroenteritis: An inflamed digestive tract, usually short-term. Causes may include eating rancid or spoiled food, swallowing foreign objects, eating toxic plants, internal parasites, stress, food allergies and some disease conditions.
Colitis: More common in cats under the age of 5, colitis causes inflammation of the large intestine that results in frequent, painful passing of feces. If your cat is experiencing colitis, it may contain mucus and blood. Most frequently, colitis is caused by tumors or polyps, a change in food, allergies (including those to food), swallowed foreign objects and certain other diseases.
Diarrhea: Caused by infections, internal parasites, stress, poor nutritional diet, table scraps or rich snacks, flora imbalance, eating spoiled food from the garbage and body organ dysfunction.
Constipation: Usually caused by dehydration, insufficient fiber intake, ingesting hair or other foreign objects, aging, tumors, trauma or fractures, spinal cord disease, large bowel nervous disorders, metabolic or endocrine disorders and debilitation, and lack of exercise.
Pancreatitis: An inflammation or infection of the pancreas (an elongated, tapered gland that is located behind the stomach). Origins are frequently unknown. Potential causes are decreased blood flow (due to dehydration, or other disease processes) infections, disease or trauma.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Commonly associated with chronic inflammation and discomfort of a cat’s bowels, but is typically not directly linked to gastrointestinal disease. Some suspected causes include food intolerances and the ability of the cat food to effectively pass through the gastrointestinal tract. Mental distress can also be a contributing factor for this condition.
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: This condition is characterized by weight loss, increased appetite and large amounts of soft feces. Chronic pancreatitis is the most common cause.
Small intestinal malabsorption: Inflammation of the small intestine impairs nutrient absorption and results in persistent diarrhea, weight loss and loss of appetite in your cat.
Does my cat have a gastrointestinal or digestive disorder?
The most common signs of digestive disorders in cats are soft stools or diarrhea. You may also notice some or all of the following signs in your cat:
Chronic GI disease can be a debilitating problem for many cats and requires testing and a thorough diagnosis from your veterinarian.
IMPORTANT: If your cat has diarrhea or is vomiting, she may become severely dehydrated. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any of these signs.
Treatment: The importance of nutrition
Your cat’s nutritional diet can have a significant impact on her GI tract health. A number of different nutritional approaches could be recommended for your cat depending on the specific diagnosis and the symptoms.
The main goal is to alleviate your cat’s signs/symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea. Veterinarians recommend feeding cats with this condition a food that is highly digestible to help prevent irritation to her sensitive stomach and intestines. Also, high-soluble and insoluble fiber foods combined with moderate fat levels help support proper intestinal function. Most veterinarians will also recommend adding pre & probiotics to balance out your cat’s digestive system.
It is also important to monitor your cat’s hydration during the recovery phase to help ensure she has enough water and correct any fluid deficiencies.
Because several of these gastrointestinal conditions may be ongoing, long-term nutritional management of the disorder may be required. For accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best diet and nutritional supplement for your cat’s digestive health.
Close to home
You see, my husband and I have always been cat lovers…
And back in 2016, we had just taken in a sick litter of kittens from the local city animal shelter. They each had very low energy, and were extremely weak, their poop was always runny, and even when they would eat — which was rarely, neither of them could gain any weight.
The litter of kittens was in pretty bad shape. It was so heartbreaking to watch such sweet tiny kittens live such helpless lives.
So, naturally, we contacted every vet in our area but nobody could figure out what was wrong with them.
We tried all of the traditional routes of improving their health but nothing worked.
There just didn’t seem to be an answer to the litter’s health problems. And one by one, each kitten started to pass away.
So, after spending thousands of dollars and trying several different medications — the vet who was most familiar with the litter, Dr. Utt, told us there was nothing else that could be done.
All that was left of the litter was the littlest of them all – the runt. I named her Iris.
The veterinarian said Iris only had a less than 5% chance of surviving at best… and suggested we take her home, say our goodbyes, and make her as comfortable as possible.
And while we had a hard time accepting this news…
We took Iris home and made her as comfortable as possible. Wrapped her up in a little blanket like a purrito fully expecting her to die at any moment.
But then, a couple of day later — we got a phone call that changed our lives.
We were contacted by a local veterinarian who heard about the kitten’s we rescued from the shelter that we had shared on social media and wanted to help in any way he could.
Initially, my husband and I had our doubts. After all, we had tried so many different things and nothing worked. Not to mention we were already all out of money and couldn’t afford any more veterinary services.
But we were desperate so we gave it a shot.
The veterinarian put Iris on a regimen of natural supplements to boost her Red Blood Cell count, and a strain of digestive flora we never heard of. Something he said would balance out her stomach as well as stop the diarrhea.
It all seemed way too simple but the doctor said that most of the time, it’s the cat’s ‘gut’ that causes the most problems and that most veterinarians overlook it because they’re either trying to use new drugs or complex treatments to solve simple yet life threatening problems in our pets.
So we did what he recommended and then, we waited.
The first 24 hours went by… and nothing significant changed. Iris was hanging in there and at least the diarrhea had stopped.
It seemed like we were going to be disappointed and heartbroken once again.
But then, on the 2nd day… the most amazing thing happened…
She began to get better. She had more energy and her spirit seemed to be lifted.
And within a couple of weeks it was as if she had bounced back to life.
She had a renewed sense of energy and vigor — better than anything we had ever seen in our little furry baby.
Tears of joy flooded our eyes.
Nobody would have known that only a month earlier, this same cat was on death’s doorstep.
It was proof to us, and everyone who knew Iris’ story, that drugs and surgery — while sometimes effective and necessary — are not always enough.
That was years ago, at the beginning of our journey.
And now, in 2019, with more than 100,000 volunteer hours, we’ve saved more than close to 2,000 abandoned cats & kittens, and nursed them back to health.
In fact, our current survival rate in our cat shelter and neonatal nursery is over 90%.
That’s unheard of rate and it’s a number that we’re extremely proud of.
And we owe it all to the importance we place on diet, nutrition, and the use of digestive supplements for each and every cat we care for.
And because I see thousands of cats and kittens every year — of all ages, sizes, and breeds. I know how vital it is to take care of your cat’s nutrition now before it’s too late.
So, what’s the best way to take care of your cat’s nutrition?
Well, many owners go the route of cooking all of their cats meals by hand.
And while that does help their diet, it’s difficult and time-consuming.
And not to mention, expensive.
Plus, giving your cat certain raw meat isn’t recommended because it can be a potential vehicle for toxoplasmosis or other infectious diseases.
For instance, some cats that have consumed canned fish products meant for humans have developed potentially serious neurological disorders.
No. The best way my veterinary team and I have found to take care of your cat’s nutrition is by using a method we created at our veterinary hospital called…
“Nutritional Digestive Upgrading”
The idea is simple.
Give your cat a small nutritional digestive treat on a daily basis…
That takes their gut’s nutrition from where it currently is… and upgrades it to where it needs to be — closing the gap left by the poor food quality that is so common in the pet industry.
We use a comprehensive formula with over 20 ingredients to support peak condition in cats of all ages and sizes.
And we lovingly call it… goodcat Digestive Support.
This first-of-its-kind formula picks up the slack where commercial cat foods failed — in order to upgrade their diet and optimize their gut’s health.
In fact, goodcat Digestive Support contains high-grade probiotics as well as prebiotics that are usually reserved for the most expensive human digestive supplements.
My research and laboratory team designed goodcat Digestive Support using some of the best patented pre and probiotics available.
goodcat Digestive Support incorporates Bacillus coagulans 100,000,000 CFU/gram, (what we call the Tom Cat of probiotics in the lab) a lactic acid producing bacteria that is extremely durable and helps maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria within the cats body.
Bacillus coagulans supports healthy digestion by producing a wide spectrum of enzymes that help manage hostile bacteria.
We included the prebiotic FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) not to be confused with probiotics, a prebiotic helps feed the good bacteria in the intestine.
FOS are often used in baby formula to help feed the beneficial bacteria that the intestines need
It’s also a source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to absorb water in the intestines and give the fecal matter a consistent shape.
Increasing the levels of soluble fiber in the diet from FOS has been shown to reduce or eliminate digestive issues, such as constipation or diarrhea. This regulatory effect may also be caused in part by FOS feeding the good bacteria in the colon.
FOS also lowers cholesterol.
A recent review in Acta Cirurgica Brasileira found that FOS can reduce cholesterol levels in animal studies. Introducing FOS into a calorie-restricted diet also helped these animals to reduce weight gain.
The researchers noted the likelihood that FOS supplementation is good for lowering cholesterol in humans, as well.
And perhaps the best part… there’s a guaranteed amount of each of these ingredients per chew… so you never have to worry about the nutrition of your cat’s digestive system being neglected.
Since creating goodcat Digestive Support I am absolutely blown away by the response it’s received.
I’m glad that I could help so many cat owners give their cats the attention to health they deserve.
After all, you know deep down that you’re more of a cat parent than an owner — and you want these little furry family members to be around for years to come…
To enjoy all of the little parts of life that they still have ahead of them…
To watch you celebrate your greatest victories and crawl up on your lap when you’re feeling down.
And when their digestive nutrition has been taken care of — that’s exactly what you can expect.
So, if you want to enjoy their purring, their morning stretches, their bounding around the house from room to room, or just their loafing around on your lap and taking naps…
Then rest assured, because the ingredients we’ve included in goodcat Digestive Support were designed to make all of that a reality.
Now, you’re probably wondering how you can get your hands on goodcat Digestive Support.
Firstly, I’ll tell you it’s only available in our Veterinary Cat Hospital in California and not available in stores.
And while you could buy all the ingredients yourself every month and mix them together… unfortunately you’d have to spend thousands of dollars just to do it.
I know because that’s what I used to do! and it always wrecked my kitchen.
But I knew I needed to find a way to make it affordable for every cat parent I came in contact with — you included.
And I’m proud to announce, I made it happen.
Now, my lab and manufacture tells me it will cost $69.95 when it retails.
And, while that is much less expensive than shelling out $1,000 per month for the individual ingredients…
You won’t pay $49.95 for the specialized formula today.
Because, since you found this article and read all the way to the end, I know you’re serious about your cat’s health…
And I’d like to offer you this formula for the “Internet-only Discount” of $29.95.
That’s an instant savings of $20 off of the retail price!
And to make it easier for you to stock up on this amazing formula I’m offering even bigger savings when you take advantage of any multi-pack order.
In fact, when you order 3 or 6 jars — you can save up to $165 dollars, which is impressive considering these hard-to-source ingredients.
That means right now you can spend 50 cents a day to give your pet the good health they deserve.
A small price to pay considering how quickly vet bills and emergency surgeries can add up.
Make the decision now to protect your cat from the digestive health issues you’ve learned about in this article today.
Just think — by giving your cat just one delicious treat per day, you can make them feel special…
While also ensuring that they’ll be around for years to come.
When you see some of these horrible digestive health issues, that’s just the END STAGE of something that’s been going wrong for years.
Right now, your cat could be on the road to poor health. So why not make a simple decision to help give their body the boost it needs?
That’s why I created goodcat Digestive Support. To keep your cat healthy, so you can both stay out of the veterinarian’s office and keep your cat’s body working RIGHT… the way it’s supposed to.
Don’t get me wrong, I love when my clients bring their furr balls in for a vet check up… but not when it’s an urgent case or worse, an emergency that could’ve been prevented – those always break my heart.
I know a lot of cats are finicky about food, so we actually found a way to flavor goodcat Digestive Support like chicken liver. My cats are REALLY picky eaters, and even they love goodcat Digestive Support. They just gobble it up.
But even more important than the taste is the transformation your cat can experience once they get the right superfoods in their diet.
You WILL notice your cat has:
- Better smelling breath and poop
- Shinier coat
- A happier mood, like they’re suddenly feeling years younger
And I’m so sure you’ll see these changes, every jar of goodcat Digestive Support comes with a 30-Day, Money-Back Guarantee.
That means you can use every treat, and if your cat doesn’t love it, if you don’t see all the same things our cats have — the glowing coat, fewer bad odors, more energy, just an overall healthier cat…
Then send it back for a full refund. That’s how confident I am this is going to be a life changer for your cats.
I’ve devoted years to researching the best, healthiest ways to improve feline health.
And it takes a lot for me to put my name on something. Because I have to really believe in it.
With goodcat Digestive Support, I’m so proud of this formula. These specialized ingredients, in one simple chewy treat, there’s nothing else like it available. Anywhere.
You don’t want a cat that’s achy, that’s got digestive discomfort and odors, that has low energy, that’s basically losing their happy mood and personality.
You want a cat that’s thriving, that feels good, that wants to snuggle with you because they know you’re taking the best care of them that you can.
So I hope you can give this gift to your cat, and give them the nutritional health they deserve.
And give yourself the gift too, so you can sleep easy, knowing you’ve done this special thing for an amazing furry friend that you really would do anything for.
Because, think about it… they’d do anything for you.
So to me, this is how I repay that.
Congratulations on reading this journal, and let me be the first to welcome you to the goodcat family.
By taking this step to give your cat the best nutrition they can get, you’re being such a fantastic guardian to your cat.
As someone who works with cats every day, I can tell you, they understand how much you love them… and they appreciate it!
To your cat’s health,
I’m Melanie Mariano
Products that help cats live happier, healthier lives. Learn more about goodcat’s quality products for cats and how you can improve the life of your cat.
Guaranteed Analysis per Chew (1.2 g):
Levels represent minimum values unless otherwise stated:
Moisture (max) 13.38%
FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) 200 mg
Bacillus coagulans 100,000,000 CFU/gram
Ingredients: fructooligosaccharides, oat flour, glycerin, soy lecithin, natural duck flavor, barley flour, rice flour, rye flour, oat meal, arabic gum, brewers dried yeast, canola oil, water,maltodextrin, sodium alginate, calcium sulfate, citrus pectin, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, sorbic acid (a preservative), propionic acid (a preservative), mixed tocopherols (a preservative), aloe vera gel concentrate.
goodcat Digestive Support couldn’t be easier to use. Just open the jar and give your cat one treat per day. It’s specifically designed for cats of all size and weight so there’s no guesswork as to how much you should give your beloved pet. Plus, it has a delicious, duck flavor that cats love.
Give 1 chew daily.
Contains a source of live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms.
For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately.
How many jars should I order?
The average order for new customers is 3 jars and that’s what we recommend to start. However, because we have many repeat customers and owners with several cats, we offer the 6 jar package so you can take advantage of our best and lowest pricing.
How long before I start seeing results?
Every cat’s body is different, and all cats have different diets and lifestyles before they begin taking goodcat Digestive Support. For that reason, it’s very difficult to predict exactly when your cat will begin feeling results.
But I can tell you that many people notice a difference in their cat’s stool, G.I. function, energy levels, and odor in just the first few days.
However, every cat is different — and I usually suggest waiting 30 days so you can truly appreciate the way your cat’s mood and health change once their nutritional health is being addressed.
Can I buy goodcat Digestive Support in stores?
The answer to this one is no. We deliver all of our goodcat health & wellness products straight to you, the consumer, cutting out the middleman so you save money. And now, with our special new customer offer, you can get goodcat Digestive Support at the lowest possible price.
What happens if it doesn’t work for me? Is there a guarantee?
Absolutely. I take your cat’s health seriously… after all, that’s my job. Which is why we’ve sourced only the purest and most potent forms of every ingredient that goes into all of the goodcat health & wellness products.
In the unlikely event that you don’t see an improvement in the way your cat looks and feels, we do offer you a 30-Day No-Questions-Asked, Money-Back Guarantee.