The causes of cats getting upset stomachs vary. The range includes trying new medications to eating too fast.
When you have ruled out the possibility of any serious medical conditions but you spot recurring signs like gas, vomiting or diarrhea it maybe your cat has a sensitive tummy.
Here are some tips to helpCats and sensitive tummies soothe your cat and choose the best dry cat food for sensitive stomach.
Keep track of their eating
When you bring home a new cat, it’s good to know what it is they have been fed either at their shelter or at the rescue. It’s also wise to discover how long they have been on this diet, and if they have liked it.
You should also learn if the cat was able to graze from food left out, or whether it is used to eating at specific times.
When you’ve have lived with your cat for a period, check with other members of your household and any cat sitters to monitor whether they have made any changes to the cat’s diet.
Only change food gradually
When you decide to mix up a cat’s diet, it’s best to carry on feeding the same food as before for the first couple of weeks in your home. If the cat doesn’t like it or is showing signs of stomach issues, then start changing the diet straight away.
For a cat you’ve been looking after for a while, it’s perfect to make changes to their diet over 10 to 14 days. Aim to increase the proportion of new food by 20 to 25% while reducing any old food by a similar amount every 3 or 4 days.
Ask the veterinarian
Check with the veterinarian if the new diet you have decided for your cat is okay. If the vet is not in agreement then seek a recommendation, or ask for their thoughts on brands and varieties.
When you feel the need to switch your cat’s food more quickly, still follow the 20 to 25% guidelines every 3 days. But ditch some of the original diets and use a bit of boiled white rice instead.
Never use leftovers. A lot of human food is not suitable for cats. Plus feeding scraps can encourage begging.
The telltale signs that there is something more seriously wrong with the cat are if you see any of these signs:
♦ Blood in stools
♦ Persistently loose stools
♦ Changes in appetite, thirst or behavior
♦ Dark stools, which can signal the presence of blood
♦ Defecating outside the litterbox
♦ Straining or loud vocalizing while in the litterbox
♦ Lack of urine or feces in the litterbox
If you see any of these indications do not wait to contact the veterinarian. They are most probably signs of serious conditions. Cats are very clever at hiding their illnesses so waiting and seeing is a method that can be very dangerous.
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