Professor Daisy’s tips on preventing an upset stomach

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Today I am going to talk to you about a very serious subject: stomach upset. I know, it is No Fun to have an upset stomach and it is even worse to throw up or have diarrhea. But first I have to give you some important advice– if you have more than a mild digestive upset, or your vomiting or diarrhea gets worse or continues, please have your mom or dad take you to see the veterinarian. Luckily, there are some simple ways to help you avoid getting a stomachache in the first place.

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Let’s take Harley as an example. He throws up all the time! Part of the problem is that Harley loves to eat, and his eyes are bigger than his stomach. Um, that’s just a saying, because his eyeballs are only about as big as a grape and I think his stomach is as big as a potato. Anyway, here are some tips:

  • Don’t eat too fast! If you are a food-gobbler, try a slow-feed bowl. Or, just learn some table manners.
  • Don’t switch foods quickly. If you try a new brand of pet food, try to slowly introduce the new food into your diet.

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I think Harley would eat anything, even candy or stuff he found on the street (if he was allowed outside). Here are some more tips:

  • Stick to a high-quality grain-free food.
  • Limit treats to no more than 10% of your dietary intake, and make sure they’re healthy snacks.
  • Don’t drink your milk! Unlike kittens, adult cats no longer have enough of the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest the lactose in milk.

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Harley wanted me to include this photo, because he’s pretending to have an upset stomach. I can tell he’s faking, because he never covers his mouth when he vomits. But this brings me to another point:

  • Don’t eat stuff that isn’t food! Ingesting “foreign bodies” like string, pieces of plastic, rubber bands, etc. is almost guaranteed to cause an upset stomach or worse, an intestinal obstruction.

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Last week, Harley threw up on my favorite toy. I wish he had better manners! Harley, why you do that? Please keep your vomit to yourself.

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Finally, a common cause of vomiting in cats is from hairballs. I am lucky because my curly fur does not shed very much. Here are my last tips:

  • Avoid hairballs with frequent grooming with a tool such as the FURminator de-shedding tool.
  • To prevent or treat hairballs, you can try a product like Hairball Plus for Cats (they taste just like treats!)

Remember, vomiting and diarrhea are nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’d like to study some more, learn more about common digestive problems in cats.

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19 Comments

  1. great information. the biggest take away for me is to keep my vomit to myself.

  2. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I’m glad you learned something important!

  3. Hi Daisy, um, we mean Professor Daisy! Those are great tips.
    We hope you and Harley are doing great.

    Have a wonderful week!

    XOXO from Precious and Princeton

  4. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Hi Precious and Princeton! We’re doing good and we hope you have a happy week, too 🙂

  5. great advice professor When is tour next lecture

  6. Thanks for all the great tips Daisy. I ordered a slow-feed bowl for Grady who inhales food like Harley and throws up a lot. Hope it helps.

  7. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Thanks Sandy! I need to consult my lecture tour schedule…

  8. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I hope it helps Grady, too!

  9. Good info..thank you professor!

  10. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    You are very welcome! (I feel proud to be of assistance)

  11. This is all very good advice, Daisy!

  12. a grate post two day daisy, N nice two see ewe harley….yur picture rocks even if ewe were thinkin bout posin bout possablee hurlin…..which we hope hope ya dinna due…hurl that iz…heerz two a grate monday and hurl free yeer a head !!!

  13. This is great information, Daisy! It’s nice to see Harley on here, but I’m sorry he vomited on your favorite toy! Hopefully he’ll take your advise next time 🙂

  14. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks Sparkle, I am glad to help!

  15. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Happy hurl-free Monday!

  16. Daisy the Curly CatJune 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Terrie. What can you expect from a maniac like Harley, anyway?

  17. Great advice, Professor Daisy. It’s true, stomach upset is no joke, and these are really helpful hints to try to avoid it. We are sorry that Harley barfed on your toy. 🙁

  18. Daisy the Curly CatJune 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I am almost certain that Harley did it on purpose!

  19. My Mommeh used to give me chick-hen and rice when I had a Sad Tummy. It helped, plus it tasted yummy. 🙂

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