If you’re a cat-lover like the team at Loyal, you know not all foods suit your cat’s stomach. You may notice this from an extra-smelly litter box or the unfortunate circumstance of cat vomit on the rug. These are the first signs that you should pay a little more attention to what you feed your cat. While there’s a plethora of food brands available, not all will soothe their tummy.
But how will you know what brand of food is best for your cat, when there’s so many to choose from?
A few things are essential to consider before choosing food for your cat. Your cat will react differently to different kinds of food, but here are some helpful tips to assist you when buying cat food.
Basic Nutritional Needs for Your Cat
In general, cats are meat lovers and rely on animal proteins for their survival. It’s likely that you’ve tried feeding your cat a variety of different foods, but you may not know the essential ingredients your cat needs for healthy growth.
Dry foods are convenient for your cat, as you can leave the food out for them to “graze”, but on the other hand, canned foods are considered more nutritious due to the high moisture content. Many cats lack proper hydration from just a dry food diet, and therefore risk contracting a urinary tract infection.
You must tread very carefully here because you may not get what you’re looking for in your quest to narrow down pet food costs. Focusing on substandard foods for your cat may contribute to overall health issues in the long run. As the saying goes, “cheap is always expensive”.
How Do You Know Your Cat Has a Sensitive Stomach?
When you realize unusual digestive issues in your cat, avoid self-medicating. Instead, talk to your vet so they can advise the best steps to take. In saying that, before turning to the vet, keep an eye out for these signs from your cat, which may indicate stomach issues.
- Changed stool (such as diarrhea or constipation)
- Increased thirst
- Unusual weight loss
- Itching or other skin irritations
- Poor coat conditions
Should you notice any of these signs, ask yourself if they are severe or unusual. Identifying the severity of the problem is the first step to understanding what food brands to purchase for your cat. Here’s what you should always look for in foods for cats with sensitive stomachs:
- Natural, wholesome ingredients; for example, if the label simply says “meat”, you should look for a more specific label such as “lamb”, “chicken” or “salmon” to ensure it’s not an unhealthy mixture of animal proteins
- Absence of additives; if the label contains phrases like “BHA”, “BHT”, “ethoxyquin” or “propyl gallate” it means there are additives that could be harmful to your cat
- Complex carbohydrates (these are easier to digest)
- Healthy fats, including omega-three fatty acids
*Something else to note is that the ingredients are listed in decreasing order according to weight.
Now that you know a bit about cats with sensitive stomachs, signs to look out for, and the nutrients that are important for sensitive tummies, here are some of the best brands to purchase for your cat.
This brand is made especially for a cat with a sensitive stomach. It features highly digestible ingredients including fresh chicken, carbohydrates, whole grains and probiotic supplements that keep your cat’s tummy happy.
This product is apt for kitties whose preference is wet food. It comes with nutritional features including mackerel and grass-fed lamb, complemented with rich omega-three fatty acids. In addition, this brand comes with a mixture of vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy coat and skin.
Most stomach issues in cats stem from foods with too many ingredients, but not with Instinct. Instinct foods feature a single source of animal protein, although in some varieties there are vegetable additions.
This brand carries what’s known as “whole” meat, which is a raw form of meat that does not undergo any form of heat processing, and is a nutritious meal for your cat. In addition to this, there are varieties that feature non-gmo vegetables.
While each of these varieties are a great option for your cat, it’s important to cater your cat food purchase specifically to your feline. If you’re not sure which one to buy, consulting your vet before purchasing is always a good option.