Mild stomach upsets in cats are not uncommon - a sudden change in diet, over eating, or an intolerance to a food not usually consumed can cause stomach upsets in cats. Starving for a short time and giving a bland diet for 7 days before transitioning back onto their normal food is recommended. Its important that cats should NOT be starved for longer than 24 hours and kittens NOT longer than 4 or 5 hours without contacting your vet for advice. Hairballs can also be a problem in some breeds of cats which can be a cause of digestive problems. Having owned Bengals since the year 2000 we have never had a hairball from one of our Bengals. Having owned Savannahs since year 2007, quarantined in our own cattery in 2008 and never had a hairball from any of our Savannahs, although Marguerites do produce hairballs as do many other breeds of cats. However, there may be more serious causes of acute stomach upsets in cats such as an intestinal obstruction, ingesting a toxic substance, parasites,
Arthritis is commonly first diagnosed in older cats during the winter months. This is due to the lower temperatures in winter can seize up the limbs and make symptoms of Arthritis and stiffness more painful. There are various things that you can do to make their lives more comfortable. When you first notice it they will have pain so anti-inflammatory and medications will help with immediate relief. Long term you will need to research for joint supplements which can be purchased on line as well as from your vet. Glucosamine can be purchased from Holland and Barrett or from the internet which can be of great help to your cat once it gets into their system which can take up to several weeks to show a difference. This is a long term treatment and tablets can be crushed and simply sprinkled onto their food. Soft beds /blankets, pet friendly hot water bottles or heaters, or simply being able to curl up next to a radiator will make them more comfortable.