Acid Reflux In Cats
Does your cat vomit or regurgitate after eating? Do you hear gurgling sounds and lip smacking? Acid reflux in cats 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.
"Roscoe is 12 years old and was experiencing repeated vomiting after eating, first announced by a mournful wail. The vet couldn’t pinpoint his issue, as his labs are all good except he is anemic. Well I guess I would be too if I constantly threw up any nutrition. He lost a lot of weight. Vet put him on a regime of antibiotics thinking he may be suffering from a condition similar to Lyme disease. He said it can stay latent in the body for years before manifesting, as I mentioned he is an inside cat; however, he is a rescue many years back. The antibiotics seemed to help, then not at all. He was also wormed as a precaution. He continued to lose more weight and energy, although he wanted to eat. He just couldn’t keep it down.
I started giving Roscoe the Gastro-ULC and Power Probiotic. I sprinkle it onto his food. It took a couple of weeks before I started to see improvement, with some good days dashed by vomiting episodes. But he seems to have finally stabilized and is gaining weight and energy. His little nose is still pale, but seems to be pinking up. I am excited about his progress. Sorry for the long story, but wanted to let you know about another success with your supplements."
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 for cats and gastrointestinal remedy helps to not only relieve stomach acid pain but also repair inflamed tissue. Gastro ULC is like a natural pepto bismol for cats.
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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
"My cat Burrito, 14 years old, started vomiting hairballs occasionally. Then It got so frequent, we had to seclude Burrito to the basement every night. She had always slept between my husband and myself. Poor kitty! Well most of the time she would vomit undigested food during the day and then early in the morning, it was a white foam liquid. So we took her to the vet and they thought she could have acid reflex, so we put her on a medication twice a day. She didn't like that at all and it didn't work--she still vomited the same.
When we took her back to the vet, the vet said it could be IBD and wanted to put her on another drug to see if the inflammation that was causing the vomiting would go away. NO NO NO! I didn't want to do that. So I did some research and found Ask Ariel. I ordered the Feline IBD Kit combo of Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Enzymes and the NOT drops and waited for results. Wow it really worked! After I was done with the NOT Drops, we were doing our twice daily regimen of probiotics and digestive enzymes. Still every once in a while, I would find a white foamy liquid on the floor. Ask Ariel suggested to add Gastro ULC. That did the trick. My Burrito is happy again and back to sleeping with us. Thanks, Ariel!"
Cambridge & Andromeda
"Well, in October of 2019 Cambridge was diagnosed with thyroid issues and he lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. He was put on meds and a few months later he began to vomit up stomach fluids with some blood at the end. Vet said likely an ulcer from the meds. So I searched and found your products. He’s only had maybe once instance since beginning the products and it wasn’t as bad as it had been. Since then he’s been happy. These products really worked! I’m so grateful, it was a scary time. Andromeda gets the probiotics also, for gut support. Cambridge is the male orange tabby. Andromeda is the female brown tabby. Thank you for helping my babies!!!"
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.