Does My Cat Have Pancreatitis?
Feline pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas caused by leakage of active digestive enzymes into the pancreatic tissue. Pancreatitis in cats, and pancreatic issues have become more common in recent years, as well as chronic pancreatitis.
The increase of pancreatitis in cats may be due to the modern cat diet as well as genetic predisposition. The good news is that cats can be supported naturally, nutritionally to avoid the condition in most cases.
The pancreas has several key functions to perform in the cat's body. For one, the pancreas produces digestive enzymes that break down food to be absorbed by the intestine.
Causes of Pancreatitis in Cats
- 1. Modern feline diet, which is lacking in natural enzymes, causing the pancreas in cats to get overworked
- 2. Possible genetic predisposition (Siamese more at risk)
- 3. Cat obesity or cats that are overweight are more likely to develop pancreatitis
- 4. Overuse of prescription drugs such as prednisone (or other corticosteroids), antibiotics have been suspected of causing pancreatitis in cats.
How to Recognize Pancreatitis in Cats
Pancreatitis in cats on the rise, here are some symptoms of pancreatitis or developing pancreatitis in cats:
- 1. Lethargy
- 2. Dehydration
- 3. Frequent vomiting
- 4. Frequent diarrhea
- 5. Pain in the abdomen (if severe case, bloating)
- 6. Yellow stools
- 7. Poor appetite
If you think your cat may be developing or have pancreatitis, take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible before the situation worsens. Left untreated, some cats can develop chronic pancreatitis which can lead to diabetes and pancreatic deficiency.
There are measures you can take to help prevent or remedy feline pancreatitis in addition to taking the advise from your vet. Early recognition of pancreatitis can improve chances of recovery.
How to Help
Feed your cat a balanced and natural diet, and avoid fatty foods and high grain content.
Help your cat get regular exercise. Exercise improves digestion and intestinal movements which is important in preventing pancreatitis in cats. Exercise will also help with the obesity factor that can cause pancreatitis in cats.
Give your cat vegetarian digestive enzymes at each meal to support the digestive process. Your cat's diet is likely missing most of the natural enzymes that occur in a raw diet which causes the pancreas to become overworked.
Natural Supplements to for Cats with Pancreatitis
If your cat has pancreatitis, or is prone to pancreatitis, the number one action you can take is to help his digestive process:
1. Digestive enzymes will replace the missing enzymes from your cat's diet and relieve stress put on his pancreas to produce massive amounts of enzymes at each meal. Unlike pancreatic enzymes, Enzyme Miracle is 100% plant-based, so it goes to work immediately and will not cause negative side effects with use.