Cats are regularly in contact with substances that may affect their bowel functions. When this happens, it can often result in vomiting, bad breath or digestion problems.
There is nothing more stressful than seeing your cat suffer from intestinal problems. Digestive disorders prevent your body from digesting your food properly. They can also alter the speed at which food passes through the digestive tract. It is important to know that your cat's food has a significant impact on its digestive comfort.
What are the signs of imbalance?
The two main warning signs are:
However, there are less obvious signs such as weight loss, a change in appetite, flatulence, gurgling or sudden inactivity.
What are the situations that may disrupt your cat?
Several factors are likely to destabilize them:
- Water and food. Even if you put water and food at your cat's disposal, your cat can drink dirty water (puddles or gutters) and eat raw meat (through hunting birds or mice).
- Contact with other animals with an intestinal imbalance.
- The environment and habitat. Protect your cat's environment against stress, cold and fear.
- Fleas and lice. When the animal licks them, it can ingest parasites that may disrupt their instestines.
Hugs and play time help to strengthen the well-being of your cat. Your cat will only be happier and it will help keep them healthy.
General food advice
Veterinarians recommend food that is very "digestible" to help prevent irritation of the stomach and the intestines. Give your cat foods combining very soluble and insoluble fibers with moderate fat levels to help build an appropriate bowel function.
If you change your cat's diet, always do it gradually. Even if the change is just for a few days. You must prepare the digestive tract of your cat to their new diet.
Our advice: mixing the old food with the new one. Gradually increase the portion of the new food over the old one. You can also use supplements to help rebalance the intestines of your cat.
If, despite all these tips your cat does not feel better, do not delay and consult a veterinarian. Diarrhea and vomiting can quickly dehydrate your cat.