Rumbling stomach, irritated intestines: In case of diarrhea, the stomach and intestines must be carefully balanced. The top priority is to strengthen the organism and at the same time not to overwhelm it. In this article we have written for you how this can be achieved with the help of light cat food.
If the cat has diarrhea, then it is like us humans: abdominal pain and a bloated stomach are often unpleasant accompanying symptoms.
A food with as little irritation as possible helps the body recover. Light homemade foods are ideal for gently starting a cat on the path to recovery.
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Light cat food: what belongs to us and what doesn’t
Diet cat food can be made on your own in no time. The basic ingredients are Chicken or turkey meator alternatively fish (low in fat). Suitable types of fish are saithe, plaice, haddock, cod, pike and zander. Fish or meat are complemented by Carrots or rice.
Dairy products, potatoes and pork are not suitable for the preparation of light foods. They are less easy to digest and would strain the intestines.
This is how the delicate meal is prepared: fish / meat and vegetable ingredients should be balanced, i.e. around 50:50. Cook the sliced carrots / rice until soft, while slowly cook the meat / fish in a saucepan with a little water.
At the end, mix everything and serve the lukewarm cat in small portions. The consistency should be pasty, you may need to add some lukewarm water.
Light food can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Before feeding it again, the porridge must be reheated in the microwave or in a saucepan.
Another tip for skeptical domestic cats: to spice up the meal a bit, for example because the cat refuses unfamiliar food clear chicken broth do good service. Care must be taken that the broth does not contain salt. Salt removes fluids from the body and is therefore not particularly good for diarrhea.
Diarrhea in cats: beware of so-called ‘home remedies’
Healthy cats can usually cope with diarrhea. In most cases, diarrhea also has a cleansing function in them, for example because the animal ate something indigestible.
The situation is different if the diarrhea persists for a long time (more than three days). So it is important to get to the bottom of the causes. A vet should clarify if there is a causal disease behind it.
So-called “home remedies” that help people with diarrhea should be avoided in cats. Presumably natural substances, such as healing clay, black tea, or flea seeds, often have a completely different effect, or no effect at all, on pets.
When is it time for the vet?
If there are other symptoms besides diarrhea, a visit to the vet is recommended. This includes:
- Indifference / disinterest
- Weight loss
Weight loss is extremely dangerous for cats and almost always a sign of illness, especially if it occurs suddenly.
There is a trick to checking if a cat has too little fluid in its body:
When the cat is sitting quietly, pull the crease of the neck up slightly with your thumb and forefinger. If the wrinkle disappears immediately, there is no lack of liquid. If it stays there longer, the animal’s water balance is in a critical range.
There are tips for encouraging cats to drink in the article Does your cat drink little? 4 causes and 7 tips to encourage them to drink