Cats are very adorable and cute little animals, which are raised as lovable pets. They possess a laid back attitude and funny actions that do, attract anyone’s attention at once. So the cat owners are much fond of their pets.
However, worrying that their cat is not eating right is one of the most common anxieties in cat owners. Cats do not eat due to various reasons.
Basically, not eating is considered as the first sign of any health issues, which either could be simple or severe. Further Food plays a vital role in any cat’s health.
As nowadays, there are so many food options in the market, the cat owners must know what to feed their cat and what not to feed for their cats. May avoid your lovable cat going through sensitive stomach issues!
As it is said, you are what you eat. It applies the same to cats.
However, cats are most likely to develop sensitive stomach issues more often due to various reasons, Food being the primary cause. Hence as an owner of a cat(s), you should be more cautious about what you feed your cat as it will help them avoid severe, painful, and costly illnesses.
Without a doubt, cat food is one of the most significant expenses to the owners other than veterinary care. On the other hand, proper selection of Food will obviously eliminate the cost for veterinary care.
Food is a significant part of a cat’s life. As an owner; you have to keep an eye on your cat’s Food-related behavior. So if you find your cat struggling to eat or are not eating enough or even its not eating at all, it is time for you to start exploring some options.
Signs of a sensitive Stomach in Cats
It is normal for a cat to cough up occasionally due to hairball, as it is merely a result of accidentally swallowing hair during the grooming process. But there are a few symptoms that need to be considered.
The most noticeable sign of a sensitive stomach is vomiting. Thus you must monitor the situation and take note of the timings your cat vomits.
Further, you must consider not of the consistency of the vomit and the Food you think your cat ate that day. If vomiting becomes regular or a pattern arises or occurs in combination with some of the following symptoms, you have to act accordingly.
If your cat is not eating
If they are vomiting and not eating their Food or are suffering from gas and diarrhea, then these are the significant symptoms of stomach issues. However, the severity depends on knowing whether they are merely sensitive or genuinely suffering from a severe health issue.
If your cat has diarrhea, then they may have a sensitive stomach or an underlying condition. But if they get diarrhea after eating certain foods, then you can identify what the sensitivity is about.
Gas is normal, as it is just a byproduct of digestion. If a gas issue goes further than usual or occurs in combination with other symptoms, then your cat may have sensitivity.
Apart from the above-said symptoms, there can also be signs like changes in stool, increased thirst, unexplained weight loss, and poor coat condition.
What can be the causes of a sensitive stomach in cats?
The leading cause could be Food. Hence Cats can suffer from food intolerance. Cats can develop Food intolerance issues at any stage of their life.
Some of the most regular intolerance occurs due to artificial colorings, seafood, corn products, and meat products. For instance, Tuna in excess causes vitamin toxicity in cats.
Further, lots of cats are lactose intolerance, thus eating cheese, yogurt, or milk can result in a sensitive stomach.
Apart from food intolerance, there a few other reasons causing a sensitive stomach in cats. They are being:
- Hairballs: this is the most common reason for vomiting. That is because Cats get rid of hairballs they swallowed in the grooming process.
- Eating weird stuff: cats tend to eat weird pieces of things like string, wool, feathers, and other Bizzaro stuff.
- Eating too fast
- Infection, disease, and illness
- Age-related changes
- Swapping dry and wet foods daily
How to select the best Food for cats with a sensitive stomach?
So coming to the primary purpose of the article, let us see how we can select the best Food for cats with stomach sensitive. Hence we have come up with different reasons for such issue,
Firstly make sure that the main ingredient is a high-quality animal protein like chicken, fish, or meat. If, by any chance, if your cat reacts to these, then try turkey, lamb, or duck as the main.
Secondly, make sure to check the label to see what types of grains are included in the recipe. That is because some grains do cause a sensitive stomach.
Make sure to avoid foods that have a lot of additives, including artificial colorings, flavors, and preservatives. And also stay away from foods that include unknown and unpronounceable ingredients.
Therefore; cats basic nutritional needs can be categorized as:
- Protein from named meat, fish or poultry source
- Taurine, an essential amino acid
- Some other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids
As some owners misunderstand, cats do not need carbohydrates. However, corn, wheat, and rice are used as fillers. Hence the owners should be more vigilant in selecting the best Food for their cats to check the label.
What are the best food options available for a sensitive stomach?
Nowadays, there are so many off the shelf food formula options that you can explore. Hence many well-known manufacturers have come up with new formulated foods that specifically aim at cats with a sensitive stomach.
- Purina ONE sensitive system: it is the best dry Food containing turkey as its primary protein, and if you are on a budget, this would be the ideal choice.
- Blue Buffalo sensitive stomach cat food: this contains chicken as the main ingredient and ideal for older cats.
- Hill’s Science Plan Sensitive Stomach and Skin dry cat food: this contains the right balance of vitamins, and it is suitable for the cat’s overall wellbeing.
- Royal Canine Feline Health nutrition digest sensitive thin slices in gravy canned cat food: it is one of the best-wet cat foods for cats with a sensitive stomach.
- Iams proactive Health Sensitive stomach adult cat food with chicken and turkey: it is considered to be the best vomit preventer in cats. It contains antioxidants that strengthen the immune system.
Thus the above stated few products are all recommended and will relieve sensitive stomach issues.
So it is evident that cats’ sensitive stomach issues can be either avoided or can be cured by choosing the best cat food. However, the best option is to try out a variety of such options and figure out which one suits your cat. Hence the owners are advised to give their cats both dry and canned Food on a rooster basis to maintain good health.
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- Cat’s Upset & Sensitive Stomach: Treatments & Food Choices, Dr. Sarah Wooten, Veterinary Professionals – HillsVet.com
- My Cat Has an Upset Stomach. What Can I Do?, Vetstreet
About the Author
Dilani Samanthika Abhayaratne is a former Veterinary Medical Student at the University of Peradeniya. She is passionate about animal welfare and contributes her knowledge as an author for several blogs.