The stomach is a hollow bag-like organ that is between the esophagus and the small intestine. Food is held in the stomach while it is digested by gastric juices. This digested food is then absorbed into the body. What is not absorbed in the stomach is sent into the intestines to either be absorbed or excreted.
Cats can have a variety of stomach problems:
- Ulcers (rare in cats)
- Cancer (rare)
- Nausea (usually a symptom of another disease or illness)
- Vomiting (usually a symptom of another disease or illness)
If you suspect your cat has any sort of stomach problem you should take him/her to the vet for an examination. Cats can have stomach infections but the majority of times the symptoms of a stomach problem will be signs of a greater problem.
Symptoms to look for:
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss
Your vet can use a barium x-ray or a gastroscope to look at the lining of the stomach and to look for any abnormalities, ulcers or damage. A biopsy of the stomach may also be necessary to rule out any sort of cancer.
Make sure your cat eats a balanced and healthy diet of vet-approved high quality food. Also keep your cat’s food and water bowls clean and bacteria free.