Choosing a Cat Food for a Sensitive Stomach

No matter what kind of food your feline's cat stomach can handle, it's important to make sure that you supply your pet with protein, fatty acids and all the essential nutrients he needs.

Cats with Diarrhea and Upset Stomachs

Some cats are just born with sensitive stomachs. Cats with Irritable Bowel Syndrome will suffer from diarrhea if fed normal cat food. Other cats vomit easily, causing frustration on the part of the owner. Try sensitive stomach formulas from your cat food vendor. These diets are made with egg protein, rice and oats in order to assist with digestion.

Allergies Causing a Cat Upset Stomach

Your cat's indigestion could be a result of allergies. If your feline suffers from poor coat quality, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting or gas, he may be reacting to the ingredients in processed pet food.

In order to keep your cat healthy, put him or her on a raw diet that imitates what a wild cat's diet would include. Use raw organic meat, especially muscle and organs, and ground non-splintering bones from your butcher. Offer vegetables and diet supplements, but avoid carbohydrates, which aren't necessary for your cat's health. For the cat owner on the go, frozen beef patties are a great no-fuss meal.

Diabetic Cats from Too Much Carbohydrates

If you see your cat gaining weight, or exhibiting symptoms of diabetes, you may be able to point to dry cat food as the source. Cats don't need the carbohydrates that comprise up to 60% of the ingredients in their cat food, which makes them eat more in order to make up for the nutrients they do need. This causes weight gain.

Switch to wet food to help your cat slim down and lessen the strain on his or her system. Wet food aids in hydration, has more protein and fat sources than dried food, and is more palatable to your feline.

Cats with Hairballs

If your cat is prone to vomiting caused by hairballs, there are a few additions to his or her diet to help prevent hairball buildup and make hairball passage easier. Using a pat of butter or will grease the hairball, making it easier to be coughed up.

In order to prevent hairballs, feed half a teaspoon of mineral oil to your cat every two weeks. Also, adding fibers from vegetables, oat, or wheat grass can also work as a natural hairball remedy. Several dry cat food brands offer fibrous formulas to cut down on hairball production.

Kitten Constipation

Kittens, particularly those taken from their mothers too soon, are prone to constipation. Kitten stomachs are meant to digest cat milk only, so eating adult food or drinking cow's milk results in stomach blockage. Constipation can become a serious problem, causing dehydration and death if steps to correct the situation are not taken early.

Avoid feeding kittens hard food or table scraps until they are five months old. If his mother's milk is unavailable, feed using goat's milk from an eyedropper instead.

Cat Vomiting Blood

Cats that vomit blood may have come into contact with parasitic worms. Further than visiting your doctor for deworming medication, your options are limited. In the future, monitor your cat's actions closer in order to prevent him or her from eating potentially infected rodents.