I recently learned that gastric volvulus can occur in humans and that threw my mind upside down. Since that's possible, can can cats get it? How common is it in cats? I'm not asking as a diagnosis, I'm just really curious because I never thought about it as anything but a dog problem.
I did not know gastric volvulus was a significant thing in humans, though the process seems quite different in humans than it does with dogs, with no distinct dilation and around a third of cases being associated with congenital abnormalities. Wiki has a nice article with no pictures.
While gastric dilatation volvulus is well known in dogs, only a handful of cases have been reported in cats (10 as of a decade ago), so it’s super rare and a third of those cases also had diaphragmatic hernias. Compare this to dogs with deep chests that can apparently twist their stomachs spontaneously.
I suppose everything with a stomach could potentially twist it, cattle displace their abomasum which is the equivalent condition in a ruminant.