How your cat's diet supports their digestion
Every component of your cat's food can be used to help support and manage their digestive sensitivities, from the right blend of fibre to high-quality protein.
The role of protein in your cat’s food
Fats in your cat’s diet
Cats and carbohydrate
The role of fibre in your cat’s diet
The right mix of fibres in your cat’s food can contribute significantly to the health of their gastrointestinal tract. A high fibre diet can help prevent hairballs from forming – a particular problem with indoor cats – as well as encouraging the natural motions of the gut. Soluble fibre can have a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal flow, and also regulate the microflora that live in your cat’s digestive system.
Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your cat’s food
Your cat needs a complex mix of minerals and vitamins in trace amounts to help support the effective functioning of its body. Every vitamin and mineral has several different functions, such as vitamin E, which works as a powerful antioxidant and nourishes the skin.
Prebiotics and probiotics can also be beneficial in managing your cat’s digestive sensitivities. Prebiotics are non-digestible substrates or "platforms" on which beneficial gut bacteria can feed, encouraging them to grow, while probiotics are living organisms that positively impact the microflora in your cat’s system. Both of these can be used to rebalance the bacteria present in your cat’s digestive tract, supporting their continuing health.
Make sure that you visit your veterinarian if you believe you cat is experiencing digestive difficulties – they’ll be able to advise on the best course of action and will recommend the right, balanced food to support your pet’s health.