Acid Reflux In Cats
Does your cat vomit or regurgitate after eating? Do you hear gurgling sounds and lip smacking? While acid reflux in cats is not very common, it can be a very uncomfortable condition for kitties. Stomach acid refluxes up into the esophagus and can cause pain and inflammation. Below are natural remedies that help to prevent and relieve acid reflux in cats.
What Is Acid Reflux in Cats?
Cats - just like dogs and humans - are susceptible to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease. This condition is also referred to as GERD, but commonly called “acid reflux.”
In cats, acid reflux is when stomach acids and intestinal fluids flow back into your cat’s esophagus which can cause irritation, inflammation, and general discomfort for your feline friend. In cats, feline GERD looks something like this:
Causes & Symptoms of Acid Reflux in Cats
There are a number of causes related to diagnosed acid reflux in cats. They can include the following:
- Poor digestion
- Poor diet
- Food intolerances
- Bowel disorders
In felines, there are also instances where anesthesia can cause the esophageal closure to relax permanently allowing the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This is sometimes a result of not fasting your cat before a surgical procedure or improper positioning of the cat during surgery.
Additionally, because the gastroesophageal sphincter is a muscle, there are cases where a hernia condition can also cause that muscle to allow stomach acid backflow.
For cats, there are many overarching symptoms that can indicate that they are suffering from acid reflux. They include:
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting bile
- Throwing up undigested food shortly after being consumed
- Constant coughing
- Regurgitation noises
- Gulping or loud gurgling noises
- Constant licking or smacking of the lips
- Licking fits
Specific to cats, you may also see an increase in coughing up hairballs.
Acid Reflux in Cats Treatments
While a clinical GERD diagnosis in cats often requires endoscopic analysis of the feline gastroesophageal tract, you can often provide relief of acid reflux with these feline remedies.
Because of the nature of GERD in cats, there are supplemental treatments that can help your kitty with the discomfort of acid reflux and its constellation of symptoms.
Our feline digestion products work to help maintain balance in your pet's digestive tract and gut health. We have seen the best results when customers supplement with a digestive enzyme, probiotic, and acid reducer in combination. Here’s why:
Cats with acid reflux clients report the best results when Gastro ULC, Power Probiotic and LypoZyme are used together to achieve feline digestive balance. When dealing with acid stomach or acid reflux in cat DIY remedies, including a few key supplements, can make a big difference.
Below is a selection of vet-approved
supplements that can help give your cat fast relief from acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.
Gastro ULC Acid Reducer
This fabulous stomach acid reducer and gastrointestinal formula helps to not only relieve stomach acid pain but also repair inflamed tissue. Gastro ULC is like a natural pepto bismol for cats.
Learn more about Gastro ULC.
Power Probiotic for Cats
Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula repopulates the good, friendly bacteria your cat’s digestive system needs. It can help improve your cat's appetite by easing the pain of stomach acid.
Learn more about Power Probiotic.
LypoZyme Digestive Enzymes for Cats
These easy-to-administer digestive enzymes help your cat break down and digest fats, protein and carbohydrates. This product is gentle enough for the tiniest pet and effective for larger pets.
Learn more about LypoZyme.
Soothing Digestive Relief Supplement for Cats
This formula calms and soothes the digestive tract. It contains scientifically proven ingredients, such as papaya leaf and marshmallow root, to protect and soothe the mucosal membrane in the stomach and digestive tract. This is an especially effective treatment for cat acid reflux at night.
Learn more about Soothing Digestive Relief.
Acid Reflux in Cats FAQs
How can I tell if my cat has acid reflux?
Cats with acid reflux usually have a history of vomiting, salivation, and showing evidence of pain, such as meowing or howling. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. It can cause burning and ulcers which may result in decreased appetite and painful swallowing. Natural supplements can help treat these uncomfortable symptoms. It is always recommended to consult with your veterinarian before starting any treatments. Your vet may perform an endoscopy to confirm a clinical diagnosis of acid reflux or GERD in cats.
Why is my cat vomiting?
Vomiting in cats can be caused by minor stomach upset, hairballs or a more serious medical condition. Vomiting should not be confused with regurgitation. Cats that eat too fast may regurgitate undigested food. Vomiting involves foods and acids that are coming back up from the stomach and the process usually includes retching and heaving. One of the most common reasons that a cat throws up is due to food allergies or intolerances. Cats can be allergic to meat proteins or a carbohydrate ingredient in their food. Diet changes, ingestion of a foreign object and parasites can also trigger vomiting. If your kitty is throwing up frequently, you should see your vet to determine if the vomiting is a symptom of a more serious condition such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, IBD, cancer or pancreatitis.