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