Does Your Cat Have a Sensitive Stomach? Here’s How to Help

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Like people, cats can have sensitive stomachs.

Our feline friends with sensitive stomachs could have allergies or food intolerances. Or, some foods might just be too rich for cats that are prone to vomiting after eating.

Certain breeds of cats are at a higher risk for allergies and sensitivities. For instance, Siamese kitties are genetically at higher risk of developing food allergies.

These issues can develop over time, too. That means that your cat could develop allergies or intolerances to the very same foods and ingredients that they have been chowing down on for years.

Of course, these problems can arise from eating foods and ingredients that they are sensitive to, but your cat could be experiencing a mix of inhalant allergies alongside their food allergies.

The most common food allergies in cats include:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Eggs

Certain preservatives or additives could also trigger allergic reactions in our feline friends.

Symptoms of Food Intolerance and Food Allergies in Cats

Food intolerance is when your kitty has difficulty digesting a particular food. It often results in vomiting or diarrhea.

Food allergies, on the other hand, can result in things like chronic itching, over-grooming, and other skin issues. Your cat might even start pulling their own fur out, or groom to the point of breaking the skin.

Treating Your Cat’s Sensitive Stomach

If you suspect your cat might have a food allergy or intolerance, it’s always best to talk to your veterinarian so you can determine the exact cause of your cat’s symptoms.

Your vet will likely put your kitty on an elimination diet. This is the best way to figure out what ingredients are causing your cat’s reactions. It involves removing foods from your cat’s diet that could be the problem. Foods are eventually reintroduced, one at a time, while you look for symptoms.

Once the exact cause has been determined and you’ve found a diet that seems to resolve the symptoms your cat is experiencing, you’ll want to keep your kitty on this new diet.

It’s important to note that quality does make a difference for cats with sensitive stomachs. You’ll want to feed them high quality ingredients like whole meats and vegetables that feature a good balance of vitamins and minerals. Choose brands that don’t add unnecessary fillers or preservatives, which could trigger sensitivities.

Homemade Cat Treats for Sensitive Stomachs

If your kitty has a sensitive stomach, I have an easy-peasy homemade cat treat recipe that won’t upset your baby’s belly — and it features actual baby food, which is what makes it so simple!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of rice flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 4oz jar of turkey baby food
  • 1 4oz jar of green peas baby food

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, pureed turkey, and pureed peas together until mixed well. If it’s too sticky, add a little extra flour.
  3. Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface, and then roll out flat until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Using a knife, very small cookie cutters, or even a bottle cap, create bite-sized shapes.
  4. Place the little shapes on the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done! Allow to cool before serving, and store the rest in an airtight container.