Digestive system of the cat

The digestive system absorbs and digests food and eliminates solid wastes from the body and includes the:

  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Salivary Glands
  • Esophagus and Stomach
  • Intestine (small and large)
  • Pancreas
  • Liver and Gall Bladder


Artist's drawing of a cat's jaw and teeth.

Esophagus and Stomach

Artist's drawing of the exterior of the stomach.
Artist's drawing of the stomach with a line of dissection to illustrate the inside of the stomach.

Small and Large Intestine

Artist's drawing of cat's colon, part of the liver, and the small intestine, and how they sit together.
Artist's drawing of the small intestine.


Artist's drawing of pancreas.


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