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StevenL April 18th, 2011 02:01 PM

Cat Food for Sensitive Cats
 
Hello,

First post, so let me know if there's any additional information you need to know :D

I have two 11 month old orange tabby cats (George and Ted, they are brothers), who seem to have very sensitive stomachs. They often have soft stool, and I have taken them to the vet regarding this, and they were given some medication. It seems to have returned. Not only do they have soft stool, but they also poo on the floor, just outside the litter box. They don't do this all the time, just when the stool is soft. The vet says they associate the discomfort of the diarrhea with the litter box, so they go on the floor. It's becoming quite a bad problem.

The vet suggested we switch to a better quality food, but didn't specifically recommend one. Currently I'm feeding them "Fancy Feast" mixed in with Presidents Choice kibble. Apologies for my ignorance, but is this food healthy enough for my cats? My feeling is that since it is causing their stomachs to be upset, they need something better.

Can someone recommend an affordable brand of wet and dry cat food that I can feed to two cats with sensitive stomachs? Hopefully this will cure their bad habit of eliminating on the floor - I've tried everything else I've read here.

sugarcatmom April 18th, 2011 02:21 PM

[QUOTE=StevenL;1004671]They often have soft stool, and I have taken them to the vet regarding this, and they were given some medication. [/quote]

What was the medication?

[QUOTE=StevenL;1004671]Currently I'm feeding them "Fancy Feast" mixed in with Presidents Choice kibble. Apologies for my ignorance, but is this food healthy enough for my cats?[/quote]

That would likely be the problem right there. Your vet is correct to suggest a better food. I would stop feeding all kibble and find a good quality grain-free canned food (or raw, if your up for it). Wellness, Nature's Variety Instinct, By Nature Organics, some of the Merrick flavours, etc. are good, but they aren't cheap. However, the money you spend on cat food will more than make up for the decrease in vet bills. Some more info on feline nutrition that you should check out: [url]www.catinfo.org[/url]

Good luck!

StevenL April 18th, 2011 02:31 PM

Thanks for your quick reply. I don't remember the name of the medication, but it was administered orally using a syringe, and was white and watery.

I agree, feeding them high quality food now will improve their quality of life, and also cut down on vet bills in the future. I will be switching them over to something better.

mikischo April 19th, 2011 11:14 AM

Hi, StevenL and welcome to the forum. Please keep us updated on how things are going with the food switch.

Would also love to see pics of your boys when you get a chance. :)

StevenL April 19th, 2011 12:17 PM

I've switched them over (slowly) to Wellness at your recommendation, mixed in with some Fancy Feast so as to not totally throw them off. Over the next few days, I hope to eliminate kibble and Fancy Feast entirely from their diet. Not to sound too corny, but this is like some kind of epiphany for me, I just feel relieved that they are now getting the food they need to be happy.

The cost, while a little more, isn't too much of a jump. I figure I need 1 12.5oz can a day to feed both cats, one meal in the morning, another in the evening. At $3.20 a can and needing 15 cans a month, ~$50 a month isn't too much of a jump over what we are currently feeding them.

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