Does your cat tend to have a difficult digestion? If this is not a health problem, here are some tips to improve your digestive health!
1. Give them probiotics
Your cat’s digestive system, just like yours, has both good and bad bacteria. The balance must be perfect so that digestion goes well. On the other hand, if the bad bacteria take precedence over the good ones, this is where digestive disorders appear, such as diarrhea, constipation or vomiting for example.
To remedy this, it is possible, after consulting your veterinarian, to give your cat probiotics. This will introduce good bacteria into its intestinal flora in order to rebalance everything.
2. Wash your bowls well after each meal
Maybe you have a habit of rinsing your cat’s food bowl with just water after every meal. Big mistake! Indeed, it is not enough to rinse it, it is also essential to wash it with hot water and soap.
The reason? Bacteria can accumulate in your cat’s bowl. However, this could harm their digestion and, more generally, their health!
3. Watch your diet
A healthy and balanced diet is essential for your cat’s good digestion. The latter needs mainly proteins and fats contained in meat and fish. In fact, a cat can never be a vegetarian. On the other hand, it is quite possible to add cooked vegetables to your diet to increase fiber intake and thus promote digestion.
Note that a diet with few cereals is recommended for our feline friends. And for good reason, cereals are above all carbohydrates. However, an excess of carbohydrates can have harmful effects on their health.
4. Encourage them to drink
If your cat is not a big drinker and is fed almost exclusively with kibble, this may explain their digestion problems. This is because water helps flush out dry food.
To encourage your cat to drink, several solutions are available to you. You can invest in a water fountain, feed it regularly with wet food (pates), multiply the fresh water points or even pour a few drops of tuna juice into its water bowl.
5. Not giving them milk
There is a tendency to believe, wrongly, that milk is a beneficial food for cats. Nay! In fact, most cats are lactose intolerant. Some are even allergic to it!
In fact, it is strongly discouraged to give dairy products to your cat, whether it is milk, cheese or even yogurt. Or exceptionally and in very small quantities. In any case, at the slightest sign of digestive problems, you should no longer give them.
6. Offer them catnip
Cats are subject to a major problem: hairballs. The latter are formed in their stomach after their toilet. Indeed, when they lick their coat, cats swallow dead hair which ends up accumulating and then forms these famous hairballs. However, they can harm digestion, in particular because they obstruct the digestive tract.
To avoid the appearance of these hairballs, daily brushing of your cat is essential. But sometimes that is not enough. In this case, it is recommended to leave catnip available to your cat so that it can purge itself.