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Intestinal Blockage In Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Intestinal blockage in cats is a medical condition that occurs when a cat’s intestines become blocked and unable to properly provide a cat with the nutrients they need from consuming solids and liquids.

This often happens when a cat ingests a foreign body such as string. In general, these blockages seems to affect younger kittens more than older cats.

If you see signs that your cat might be suffering from intestinal issues, then you must consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and advice1. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of intestinal blockage in cats.

Symptoms Of Intestinal Blockage In Cats

Intestinal blockage in cats can bring on a range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Becoming lethargic
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration

Causes Of Intestinal Blockage In Cats

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The cause of intestinal blockage in cats is often a cat eating some sort of foreign object.

Some of the objects that most frequently cause a blockage include household items like ribbons and string. Hairballs can also become lodged inside a cat’s digestive system and cause a blockage.

Some of the other factors that can contribute to a blockage in cats include the presence of tumors, stenosis, and hernias.

Veterinary Treatments

First of all, if you actually see your cat eating a foreign object, call your veterinarian straight away as the situation might require urgent help and care.

If you start to see symptoms of intestinal blockage in your cat, then you’ll need to make an appointment with your vet. They’ll carry out a full physical examination along with blood and urine tests.

The vet may also need to use X-rays and ultrasounds, especially to examine the abdomen area. Cats may also require an endoscopy, which involves the use of a very small camera attached to a tube. An endoscopy can also help to remove a foreign object from a cat’s stomach in some cases.

Treatment often requires a surgical removal of the foreign object causing the obstruction. Vets will also use intravenous fluids to ensure that your cat stays properly hydrated.

While recovering at home, your cat will need to be allowed to rest up in a calm and peaceful environment. Additionally, make sure to remove any foreign objects that your kitty might be tempted to ingest again.

Has your cat ever suffered from an intestinal blockage? What caused it? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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