Digestive problems in cats are quite common and generally clear up after a few days although some will need longer term management.
The signs that your cat is suffering from digestive upset are the obvious ones of diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation and smelly or irregular looking stools.
There are a number of causes for digestive problems in cats including
- Something your cat has eaten
- Parasites – typically worms
- Pancreatic diseases – where the production of food digesting enzymes is disrupted
- A food allergy or sensitivity
Your cat needs nutrients
Whatever the cause of the upset the result is your cat isn’t getting sufficient nutrients and that needs to be addressed.
What sort of food can help?
The most important thing is to give foods that are highly digestible. This allows your cat get the nutrients they need even with their digestive system working at less than full speed. Highly digestible ingredients also help prevent further irritation to the stomach and means there is less undigested food in the gut to feed bad bacteria.
It should have extra nutrients: Diets designed for digestive upset often include higher levels of key vitamins and minerals to compensate for the poor abortion of these. The increased levels of electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride, in these diets replace those lost through diarrhoea and vomiting.
SPECIFIC™ offers a variety of special foods for cats with digestive problems:
For most digestive problems we recommend the easily digestible dry or wet Digestive Support food.
If your cat is food allergic one of our specialised food allergy diets, Food Allergy Management or Allergy Management Plus
If your cat is constipated the fibre-rich Weight Reduction food is recommended.
Recommended food for digestive problems
SPECIFICTM diets is only available at selected vets
(Who really love cats)
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