I just learned something new and thought I’d jot it down here so I have it written down somewhere. Also there are several people I’ve spoken to recently who are fighting intermittent and/or chronic vomiting in their cats. This may or may not be something to consider. Usually the vets will have you trying elimination diets attempting to chase down a food allergy.
Do you (those of you who are old enough) remember the days when our parents spoke a lot about stomach ulcers. My dad used to say things like “he’s feeding his ulcer,” or “you are going to give me an ulcer with that attitude young lady.” People were given anti-acids, put on special diets and told to keep the stress down in their lives. Then the big discovery that ulcers were caused by a bacteria. Well, apparently that bacteria is Heliocobacter (H. Pylori).
An email came through my in box this morning from my feline health list. A kitten adopted out from one breeder was having gastric issues and the family was at their wits end in trying to find help for the kitty. Another breeder answered that she’d had a similar experience with a pet buyer recently. After expensive tests, X-rays and exploratory surgery the cat was PCR tested. The results came back positive for h. Pylori. The cat was treated with antibiotics and short term steroids and is now fine. Of course this it completely anecdotal and should be taken with a grain of salt. Every case is going to be different and should be diagnose properly. However, it made me curious. I found the following article from the World Small Animal Veterinarian Association World Congress. It’s a little dated — 2001. However it states that Helicobacter is found in a large percentage of pet cats and a small percentage of those will develop clinical signs of infection to varying degrees. It goes on to state that:
Until the pathogenicity of Helicobacters in cats is better understood, Helicobacter infection should be a consideration in any cat with unexplained chronic intermittent vomiting and lymphocytic gastritis or gastric erosion-ulceration…. PCR and other molecular analyses of gastric biopsies, gastric juice, or culture isolates can be used to diagnose and to identify the species of Helicobacter.
Complete article: http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00117.htm