Are you feeling that your cat is struggling to keep their food down? Do you feel like they are not feeding enough? If yes, then it is time to seek try other food options for cats with sensitive stomachs.
How do you know that your cat has a sensitive stomach?
Cats with an intestinal disease have a wide range of clinical signs. Some of the common symptoms in cats with gastrointestinal problems include:
1. Weight loss
Cats with stomach problems may have reduced or even a normal appetite but still lose weight. Very ill cats will have lost fat over the spine
It is normal for cats to vomit food and/or hairballs once in a while. However, vomiting more than one time a day is a call for alarm and could be an indicator that your cat has an underlying stomach problem.
Monitor when your cat vomits (for instance after feeding), the consistency of the vomit, the food your cat has fed that day and the intervals between the vomits.
3. Reduced appetite
It is unusual for a cat who has been feeding normally to drastically lose appetite. A cat with gastrointestinal problems may go for a day or two without feeding and this is a cause for concern.
4. Licking lips
A cat licking lips regularly is a symptom of nausea which could be due to stomach problems
Diarrhea and gassy stomachs may also indicate stomach issues. Cats with stomach problems may diarrhea or have constipation. It may range from just a sensitive stomach to a more severe health issue. Therefore, it is important to seek a vet’s opinion.
Diarrhea persisting for more than a day may be an indicator that your cat has a sensitive stomach. If your kitty only gets diarrhea after eating some foods, it’s important to note which foods so that you can avoid them.
6. Excess gas
Gas is normal since it is a byproduct of digestion. However, too much gas combined with other symptoms such as diarrhea is an indicator that your cat may be having a sensitive stomach.
What causes sensitive stomachs in cats?
1. Food intolerance
Just like humans, cats may develop intolerance to foods they have been eating. It can cause gas, vomiting, and poor digestion. Therefore it is important to note what food your cat is intolerant to and substitute to avoid stomach problems.
Most cats vomit mainly because of hairballs. Passing a hairball may take a while and you may think that your cat has a stomach issue while he was just trying to get rid of a hairball. Cats get hairballs from the fur that accumulates in their tummy while grooming
3. Eating non-food stuff
Some cats eat bizarre stuff like wool strands and feathers. Although not usual for cats to develop stomach problems from eating such bizarre items, with time they may develop sensitive stomachs.
4. Reaction to some food
Some food is toxic to cats. For instance excess dairy. Most cats are lactose intolerant hence feeding them yogurt and cheese may give them serious stomach problems.
It could be that the food was so delicious with a great taste. Or, maybe, you offered a lot for one sitting. Either way, this could result in stomach overfilling and thereafter a rebalancing expulsion.
If you feed your cat with dry food and your cat then drinks water, the food may expand in the stomach causing his stomach to overfill.
6. Infection or an illness
Your cat may not have a sensitive stomach but they might be sick. For instance, a cats with hyperthyroidism or irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) may experience a sensitive stomach. Severe symptoms may need you to visit your vet. He will do examinations and make prescriptions if your cat is sick.
7. Age-related issues
Senior cats may struggle to keep their food down due to age-related problems. Maybe, the food was too hard to chew and given they may have dental problems, they swallowed it in large un-chewed portions. This, as expected may cause your senior cat to vomit. Therefore, feed your senior cat food made for old cats.
Parasites that affect the gut such as roundworms, tapeworms, threadworms, and other stomach worms can result in symptoms associated with a sensitive stomach. Treat your cat twice a year for worms.
How can I help to alleviate a sensitive stomach for my cat?
- Rehydrate your cat
- Feed your cat plain food
- Avoid dry food since they are highly processed and may cause dehydration
- Reduce portion size and feed more small portions at regular intervals through the day
- Change your cat’s diet. Feeding the same food can cause intolerance
- Feed at regular intervals a controlled amount of food.
- Brush your cat’s coat regularly to help reduce hairballs
- Deworm your cat
- Avoid low quality food and treats
- For a senior cat, adjust to senior cat foods