Table 1

Univariable 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 age Never 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 Vomiting, diarrhoea or both Yes 64 (6.3) 23 (13.7) 5 (19.2) 1 (25.0) <0.001 No 950 (93.7) 145 (86.3) 21 (80.8) 3 (75.0) Helminths in faeces Yes 43 (4.3) 12 (7.1) 0 (0.0) 1 (25.0) 0.203 No 946 (95.7) 156 (92.9) 26 (100) 3 (75.0) Raw fresh food 1 6 (0.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) – 2 31 (3.5) 2 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0.113 3 81 (9.0) 11 (8.0) 3 (13.0) 1 (25.0) 0.765 4 354 (39.5) 50 (36.5) 8 (34.8) 1 (25.0) 0.234 5 424 (47.3) 74 (54.0) 12 (52.2) 2 (50.0) – Cooked fresh food 1 1 (0.1) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) – 2 7 (0.8) 2 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0.660 3 22 (2.5) 5 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 2 (50.0) 0.198 4 145 (16.5) 18 (13.1) 2 (9.1) 0 (0.0) 0.196 5 702 (80.1) 112 (81.8) 20 (90.9) 2 (50.0) – Cow’s milk/cream 1 4 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) – 2 16 (1.7) 1 (0.7) 1 (4.2) 0 (0.0) 0.569 3 96 (10.5) 16 (11.0) 2 (8.3) 0 (0.0) 0.776 4 379 (41.4) 57 (39.3) 11 (45.8) 1 (25.0) 0.616 5 420 (46.0) 71 (49.0) 10 (41.7) 3 (75.0) – Exclusively feeding commercial diet(s) that meets the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee Guidelines Yes 757 (82.1) 118 (75.6) 18 (75.0) 3 (75.0) 0.038 No 165 (17.9) 38 (24.4) 6 (25.0) 1 (25.0)
• This table illustrates the number and percentage of cats presenting with early life events before 16 weeks of age and the frequency of subsequent visits to veterinary practices specifically for GI signs between six months and 30 months of age. P values are displayed for the different early life events using univariable ordinal regression analyses. For raw fresh food, cooked fresh food and cow’s milk/cream: 1, all of the diet; 2, ≥50% of the diet; 3, <50% of the diet; 4, occasionally in the diet; and 5, never in the diet.

• GI, gastrointestinal; WSAVA, World Small Animal Veterinary Association.