What should you feed your cat when they have an upset stomach ?

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

  • Infection
  • 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.

Different digestive upset need different diets – ask your vet which diet is right for your pet

 

Characteristics

 SPECIFIC Diets

Maldigestion / Malabsorption / Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)

In cases of maldigestion and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) the digestive process, is not working properly, leaving undigested food in the gut and reducing your cat's nutrient intake.  Undigested food can be used by adverse bacteria, leading to diarrhoea. Diets made with easy to digest ingredients and low fibre content maximise digestibility and increase nutrient absorption, helping your cat gets the nutrients they need and leaving less undigested food in the gut. Fermentable fibres promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and beta-glucans support the body’s immune response. MOS (mannan-oligo-saccharides) bind to bad gut bacteria, preventing them from attaching to the intestinal wall and zeolite absorbs toxic components in the gut

FID & FIW Digestive Support

Colitis / Inflammatory bowel disease 

Colitis and Inflammatory bowel disease are digestive upsets involving inflammation of the gut. Diets rich in omega-3 from fish oils can help by supporting the body’s natural anti-inflammatory processes. The condition may also involve an allergic reaction so hypoallergenic diets are also recommended FOD-HY & FOW-HY Allergen Management Plus
Food allergy and intolerance Digestive upset can be caused by a reaction to certain foods - food allergy and intolerance. Hypoallergenic diets are made with low allergen ingredients, reducing the risk of triggering a food reaction

FDD-HY & FDW Food Allergen Management

FOD-HY & FOW-HY Allergen Management Plus

Fibre-responsive chronic diarrhoea / Constipation  Fibre-responsive chronic diarrhoea  and constipation are helped by high fibre diets that result in larger, softer stools that move more easily through the bowels 

FRD & FRW Weight Reduction 

Cholestasis Cholestasis is a disease where the bile duct is blocked. Bile helps digestion by breaking down fats, so low-fat diets are recommended to support this condition 

FRD & FRW Weight Reduction 

Pancreatitis In pancreatitis, the pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas produces enzymes that break down fats and proteins and diets with reduced fat and protein levels give the pancreas some rest and a chance to recover.   FDD-HY & FDW Food Allergen Management

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