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 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
Vomiting, diarrhoea or bothYes64 (6.3)23 (13.7)5 (19.2)1 (25.0)<0.001
No950 (93.7)145 (86.3)21 (80.8)3 (75.0)
Helminths in faecesYes43 (4.3)12 (7.1)0 (0.0)1 (25.0)0.203
No946 (95.7)156 (92.9)26 (100)3 (75.0)
Raw fresh food16 (0.7)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)
231 (3.5)2 (1.5)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0.113
381 (9.0)11 (8.0)3 (13.0)1 (25.0)0.765
4354 (39.5)50 (36.5)8 (34.8)1 (25.0)0.234
5424 (47.3)74 (54.0)12 (52.2)2 (50.0)
Cooked fresh food11 (0.1)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)
27 (0.8)2 (1.5)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0.660
322 (2.5)5 (3.6)0 (0.0)2 (50.0)0.198
4145 (16.5)18 (13.1)2 (9.1)0 (0.0)0.196
5702 (80.1)112 (81.8)20 (90.9)2 (50.0)
Cow’s milk/cream14 (0.4)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)
216 (1.7)1 (0.7)1 (4.2)0 (0.0)0.569
396 (10.5)16 (11.0)2 (8.3)0 (0.0)0.776
4379 (41.4)57 (39.3)11 (45.8)1 (25.0)0.616
5420 (46.0)71 (49.0)10 (41.7)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)0.038
No165 (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.