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Cat food for a sensitive stomach

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by merothe, Sep 17, 2020.


  1. merothe

    merothe PetForums Senior

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    Our 6 month old Birman has had a runny tummy on and off over the last few weeks - including a few accidents on our bed - yuk! Have spoken to vet and have an appointment soon, but their suggestion was that the food she has is too rich and to feed her just boiled chicken for a week to help settle her stomach. We have been feeding her (and her older brother) Grau and Carny - it’s definitely much more dense and fatty than any cat food I have seen before.

    Am thinking will do a week of chicken, a month or so on Royal Canin Sensitive and if that settles her (and vet says no other problems) will try slowly putting her back on a normal cat food. We just couldn’t afford to only feed them the sensitive food forever.

    Any suggestions for a cat food that is still healthy but not too rich or is more digestible? I’ve been looking at Lily’s kitchen but I don’t know how to gauge how difficult to digest a food might be ‍♀️

    PS raw food diet won’t work for us. Something we can order online and is ready to eat is important.
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    @mereothe - a bland diet of plain home cooked chicken is often very effective at stopping diarrhoea. However it is better to pot roast the meat (or cook it in a slow cooker if you have one) rather than boil it, so as to conserve the nutrients better.

    Method for pot roasting :
    1/ Add chicken (legs, thighs or drumsticks are best) to roasting pan and add about 5 cms of water for the stock.
    2/ Cover tightly with kitchen foil and bake at Gas Mark 5 in the oven for 1 hour.
    3/ Drain off the juices into a pyrex bowl or jug and refrigerate 12 hours, then skim off the fat and save for cooking etc.
    4/ You will be left with a lovely nutritious jelly which should be added by the tablespoonful to every meal of chicken.
    5/ Serve chicken chopped with skin on but no bones. Add some of the jelly.

    The usual rule is to feed the chicken diet until the cat passes a formed stool and then, slowly start transferring him/her back to cat food, feeding it alongside the chicken (not mixed together) . She may not pass any stools for several days and that is normal.

    If you feed the chicken diet for a week, then suddenly switch her back to cat food there is a risk the diarrhoea will return. This is why the gradual switch back to cat food over a few days is a better method.

    I wouldn't feed Carny to a kitten with a sensitive digestion. It has quite high levels of offal, including heart, which can loosen the bowel.

    Grau should be OK.

    But long term it might be best to feed her a food that is light in offal e.g. Animonda Vom Feinsten for Neutered cats, (Pure Turkey) This one is well liked by most cats.

    https://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/canned_cat_food_pouches/animonda/trays/523945

    and the Miamor Mild Meals

    https://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/canned_cat_food_pouches/miamor/miamor_trays/42061

    Both these makes/recipes are good for sensitive tummies.
     
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  3. merothe

    merothe PetForums Senior

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    Thanks really helpful.

    I hadn’t thought about the offal content being a factor. Will look into those foods
     
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  4. Mistys Mum

    Mistys Mum PetForums Member

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    I have found Hills I/D food useful for upset tummies, if you can get them to eat it.
     
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