7 Diet-Related Cat Health Triggers

October 14, 2013

What Fluffy eats has great impact on her health.  Many issues can trigger vomiting, diarrhea or more serious problems in cats.  Here are just a few:

Obesity kills cats! Obesity kills cats!
  1. Obesity.  Overweight cats are prone to diabetes, arthritis and a host of other diseases.  Never place your cat on a diet without veterinary consultation.  Serious complications can arise from sudden drastic changes to a cat’s diet.
  2. Dirty Food Bowls.  Sometimes a cat will stop eating or drinking if the bowl is dirty.  Should that occur, kidney problems could appear, brought on by dehydration.  Cats are very clean animals and want their dishes to also be clean.
  3. Stress.  Cats often react negatively to environmental stress.  The death of a loved one may cause kitty to stop eating.  Strangers in the house may trigger a hunger strike.
  4. Dental Disease.  Cats need preventive dental care or they will suffer cavities and tooth loss.  Some veterinarians believe that diet plays a big role in the condition of a cat’s teeth, so whatever Fluffy eats is very important.
  5. Dry Food.  A diet of only dry cat food is the source of many feline health problems.  Cats need moisture in their diets, and the commercial dry variety is missing that component.  Because cats don’t always consume enough water on their own, be sure to add some canned or wet food to Fluffy’s diet.
  6. Allergies.  Allergies can trigger all sorts of problems for cats.  Many cats are allergic to corn, and cheaper commercial cat foods often contain corn in some form, such as corn gluten meal.  Wheat is another known problem for some felines.  Beef is the most common meat likely to bother kitty, along with dairy products.
  7. Bacteria In Food.  We read constantly about commercial pet food recalls due to “possible contamination with Salmonella.”  I’m certain that not all recalls will catch every package of pet food that was sold.  Some people just don’t hear or read about the recalls and continue to feed said food to their pets.  Of course, any pet food can become contaminated with bacteria if it is not stored properly.
Healthy cats eat healthy diets. Healthy cats eat healthy food!

These are the most likely problems that could stem from what a cat eats.  Be careful with food choices, cleanliness, routine care of your pet and watch out for pet recalls.  We try to include all recalls on this website.  Hopefully, your kitty will remain healthy, happy and problem-free.

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