Published : 12/27/2017 12:00:00
Categories : Tips and tricks
Most of us don’t feel particularly well after the festive season. Usually you start to regret having enjoyed your Christmas meal quite so much, maybe because you helped yourself to seconds and overdid it on the roulade and chocolates! Over-indulging affects your cat too, but it should be taken a lot more seriously. Indigestion is one of the main risks facing your cat at Christmas time. Here’s how you should deal with it, should the situation arise.
Indigestion and cats: causes and symptoms
Cats have very delicate stomachs, so even the slightest change in their diet can lead to digestive trouble. Eating overly rich or inappropriate food can cause cats to suffer from indigestion and this is particularly the case if they manage to get their paws on any Christmas leftovers, such as cake, smoked salmon or meat prepared in sauce.
Call your vet
If you catch your cat finishing off some Christmas cake or if you notice some missing and your cat falls ill shortly afterwards, you can be almost certain you’re dealing with a case of indigestion. Vomiting, however, can be caused by various factors so it’s best to call your vet to make sure it’s nothing serious.
Putting your cat on a diet
In the event of indigestion, and to give your cat's digestive system a rest, dieting is generally the most effective remedy. This consists of not feeding them for a maximum of 12 to 24 hours. To avoid dehydration, make sure they have access to water. If drinking also causes your cat to vomit, it’s best to give them only small amounts of water at regular intervals.