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My cat is eating to much shes playing and acting normal but his stomach is bloated and her poo is not ok
Is she just overweight?

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There are several potential causes to consider. Overeating can certainly lead to weight gain and a distended abdomen, but if the bloating is significant and the feces are not normal, it's important to look beyond simple overeating.

Firstly, gastrointestinal parasites such as worms are a common cause of bloating in cats. These parasites can interfere with digestion and lead to a swollen belly and changes in stool consistency or frequency. Over-the-counter dewormers are available, but it's best to have a stool sample analyzed by a veterinarian to identify the specific type of parasite and obtain the most effective treatment.

Another possibility is dietary indiscretion or a sudden change in diet, which can cause digestive upset and bloating. Ensuring a consistent, high-quality diet appropriate for your cat's life stage is important. If you've recently changed her food, consider transitioning slowly back to her previous diet to see if symptoms improve.

Food allergies or sensitivities can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms, including bloating and abnormal stools. If you suspect this might be the case, a hypoallergenic diet trial, under the guidance of a veterinarian, could be beneficial.

Additionally, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that can affect cats, leading to bloating and changes in bowel movements. This typically requires a veterinary diagnosis and may involve dietary management and medication.

At home, monitor your cat's water intake to ensure she stays hydrated, and observe her litter box habits closely.

If the bloating is severe or if your cat begins to vomit, shows signs of pain, experiences diarrhea, or has blood in her stool, these are urgent symptoms that require prompt veterinary care.

If her symptoms persist, we recommend taking her to the hospital.

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