Cat Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with cat inflammatory bowel disease (feline IBD) are vomiting and diarrhea. In fact, most sources agree that the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea in cats is inflammatory bowel disease.

Although in my experience, hacking up fur balls could be called vomiting, and that can happen quite often.

These and other symptoms can be mild or severe, constant or sporadic. For example, in some cats, vomiting may occur every day. In others, there may be periods where the symptoms are severe, and other times when there are no symptoms at all.

Unfortunately, these symptoms are shared by many other conditions and diseases. Because of this, feline IBD is not only difficult to diagnose, but can be easily overlooked by cat owners.

Cat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Feline IBD) Symptom List

If afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), your cat may experience one or all of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach rumbling
  • Belching
  • Black or odd-color stools
  • Increased Flatulence
  • Halitosis
  • Increased thirst

In addition, vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration. This can lead to other complications and symptoms as the cat's body functions break down. Anytime your cat loses water through vomiting or diarrhea, or your cat does not drink enough water, there is a potential serious health risk. Make sure that your cat has plenty of fresh clean water to drink and call your vet if you suspect that your cat may be dehydrated as this condition can be fatal.


Suggested Reading:

My Feline IBD Page for Cat Lovers Only Readers

Dr. Belfield's Feline IBD Page

Cornell Feline Health Center's IBD Online Brochure

Symptoms, Signs, and Treatment of Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Vetinfo's Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats Page


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