DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS IN CATS
If the cat is suffering from diarrhoea/vomiting
on its current food then a change to a more digestible food, low
in fat, low protein and free from wheat, Soya or dairy products
If the problem is just occasional then the new food
should be gradually weaned in to the old diet over a period of at
least a week. Remember the longer you can take to wean the food
in, the easier it is for the digestive system to adapt to it. If
loose motions occur when you are introducing the food then this
means you could be introducing it too quickly or you are feedingtoo
If the diarrhoea is constant there is no point in
trying to mix the new food in with the old food until the diarrhoea
The cat should be starved for a day then fed a home
cooked diet for a few days until the diarrhoea subsides.
The home cooking should involve either some very
well-cooked rice/porridge and scrambled/boiled egg or if the cat
will not eat egg, try cooked chicken or fish.
The porridge and scrambled egg should be made with
just water not milk.
The rice and porridge should be cooked for as long
as possible as this will make it easier to digest.
Once the diarrhoea has subsided then the new food
can be introduced. A dry complete food can be fed dry or moistened
with warm-hot water (the water should have cooled properly before
feeding, so you do not burn your cat). On the first day 2-3 kibbles
should be added to the diet, if the cat shows no side effects this
can be repeated the next day. If the cat is still okay, the amount
can be increased gradually by a few kibbles each time. The home
cooked food should be gradually reduced as the new food is increased.
Any signs of vomiting or loose motions when Burns is being introduced
could mean that you are introducing the food too quickly.
If the digestive problems reoccur the advice of
a veterinary surgeon should be sought.
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