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How to Improve My Cat’s Digestive Issues

This post is written by our holistic veterinarian at "I and love and you", Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT

Cat’s are infamous for their digestive issues. Unfortunately, veterinarians once thought vomiting in cats was normal. We now know that vomiting and diarrhea in cats are not normal and could be a sign of a bigger problem. If your cat vomits or has diarrhea regularly, here are the steps I would recommend to take to improve your cat’s digestive issues.

  1. Switch to an all canned diet. Many cats don’t tolerate the high amounts of carbohydrates in dry foods. Switching to a canned diet can eliminate vomiting and diarrhea. If you are currently free feeding a kibble diet, switch to a canned diet slowly by decreasing the amount of kibble your kitty gets. You many need to try several flavors of canned preparations to find the version your cat likes the most. Kitties eating an all canned diet may also prefer to eat 3-4 times daily.
  2. Add a probiotic. The balance of good bacteria in your cat’s intestines influence your kitty’s digestion and overall health. Probiotics can be added to your kitty’s wet food once daily. Our Nude Food is high in protein, packed with superfood ingredients, and prebiotic and probiotic digestive enzymes. Fermented fish stock is another great way to add good bacteria to your kitty’s diet.
  3. Feed your cat several times per day. Feral cats eat 10-20 times per day. While it may not be feasible to feed your kitty every other hour, increasing to 3-4 times per day can improve your kitty’s mood and overall health. Automatic feeders can add an extra meal while you are at work or in the middle of the night. Using freeze dried treats in a food puzzle can also add an extra healthy snack.
  4. Seek veterinary care. If your kitty continues to have digestive issues, please seek veterinary care. Cats commonly suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is a treatable condition and your kitty can feel better soon. You can learn more about the diagnostics your veterinarian will use to diagnose your cat with IBD here.

Remember that digestive issues in kitties are not normal. If your cat is regularly experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, consider a diet change and a trip to your local veterinarian.

I would love to hear from you! Leave a question in the comments below!

With love,

Dr. Angie