July 2007 Issue

Your Cat's Digestive System

A variety of disorders — some of them gravely serious — can interfere with its function. Here's how to spot problems.

Your cat’s digestive system, a complex assemblage of several interdependent components, plays a crucial and multifaceted role in maintaining the animal’s good health. An essentially tubular arrangement leading from its mouth to its anus, the system — when functioning properly — breaks down the food that the animal has eaten into nutrient-rich particles and facilitates their absorption while also serving as a barrier against disease-producing organisms that the cat may have ingested.

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