Table 2

Multivariable ordinal regression analyses for early life events in cats subsequently presenting to veterinary practices for GI signs between six months and 30 months of age

Early life event before 16 weeks of ageNever visited a vet practice for GI signs between six months and 30 months of age,
n (%)
Visited vet practice for GI signs on one occasion between six months and 30 months of age,
n (%)
Visited vet practice for GI signs on two occasions between six months and 30 months of age,
n (%)
Visited vet practice for GI signs on three occasions between six months and 30 months of age,
n (%)
P value (OR, 95% CI)
Vomiting, diarrhoea or bothYes64 (6.3)23 (13.7)5 (19.2)1 (25.0)<0.001 (2.64, 1.66 to 4.22)
No950 (93.7)145 (86.3)21 (80.8)3 (75.0)
Exclusively feeding commercial diet(s) that meets the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee GuidelinesYes757 (82.1)118 (75.6)18 (75.0)3 (75.0)0.030 (1.51, 1.04 to 2.22)
No165 (17.9)38 (24.4)6 (25.0)1 (25.0)
  • This table illustrates the P values with OR and 95% CI for those early life events before 16 weeks of age that were significantly associated with the frequency of visits to a veterinary practice specifically for GI signs between six months and 30 months of age following multivariable ordinal regression analyses.

  • CI, confidence interval; GI, gastrointestinal; OR, odds ratio; WSAVA, World Small Animal Veterinary Association.