Cats refusing their food, are they just spoiled or really sensitive?
Hardly any animal is as choosy as a cat when it comes to food. One will not eat any dry food, another no wet food and yet another will not eat anything with fish. Many cat owners are offering many different foods, sometimes for longer periods of time, trying to find one accepted by their cat. Why are cats so choosy? Is this due to an actual intolerance causing the animals to refuse that food by instinct or are spoiled feline gourmets trying to force their food preferences upon us?
Tabby’s touchy tummy
There are cats who have trained their humans with their feline cunning and charm to offer them different food every day and of course, only the tastiest morsels will do. But in many cases cats have indeed a very sensitive stomach and the wrong food causes uneasiness and sometimes visible digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhoea. The cat’s stomach is quite sensitive in matters of digestion. Fur balls, stress and congenital conditions such as a reduced stomach opening can cause anything from stomach irritations to gastritis. These inflammations are not only indicated by vomiting but are also very painful to the cat, little surprise then that the cat refuses food. If the cat vomits more frequently or refuses a previous favourite food, you should take her or him to vet. In case of stomach problems caused by stress, the cause should be established, and if possible, removed.
Foods for sensitive cats
In addition, as a preventative action, sensitive cats should be given food that is easy on the stomach wall. Very soft croquettes for instance which dissolve quickly in the stomach, such as the new Select Gold Sensitive Digestion, prevent irritation of the stomach wall through hard food components. These special croquettes still ensure sensitive cats get all the high quality nutrients they need. Also, natural dental care is only offered by dry foods.
Choosing the right cat food
When choosing a food, it is also important to consider that cats are carnivores, i.e. the digestive tract and the metabolism are designed to process a high animal protein diet. This is why the cat cannot produce the amino acid taurine which needs to be found in food. Taurine is only contained in sufficient amounts in animal protein. Meat poor diets would lead to taurine deficiencies which could cause vision problems. As a matter of principle, all amino acids contained in animal protein are very important to the cat’s health. In addition, it must be taken into account that the cat can only digest starch to a limited degree. The intestines are unable to break up high starch content in the food and this is often the cause of diarrhoea. Food for particularly sensitive cats prone to diarrhoea must be low in starch and high in high quality animal protein (such as Select Gold Sensitive Digestion). Diet related digestive tract problems can be prevented and the intestines of the cats can be stabilised.
Many cats have a sensitive digestive tract. A food low in starch but high in high quality animal protein in the form of soft croquettes such as Select Gold Sensitive Digestion can help to feed sensitive cats.