Post # 1
My kitty has had a rough couple days. He was constipated and throwing up, the vet had to do an enema and discovered he had colitis as well. He’s home now and doing well BUT the vet suggested we switch to a high fiber food. He sent me home with Royal Canin, and I feel so bad giving it to him. Any recommendations for something better (no by-products, etc.) that is high fiber? He was on Acana Wild Prairie before, which worked best to keep him full. Cost is not a factor – my animals eat better than me. Thanks!
Post # 2
What we do is just add a little bit of canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) to her food and it works wonderfully.
Post # 3
I had a cat that had constipation issues for 8 years. It was terrible, I felt horrible. I had to take him in for enemas every few months and was on a bunch of medication. I tried pumpkin and it did not work. I would give him what the vet recommended – take my word for it, you don’t want it to get worse.
Post # 4
I highly recommend you actually switch him to a grain-free and low-carb all wet (canned, or raw, or a mixture of the two) diet. No dry food (dry food is constipating, and inflammatory due to other junk in it, and a lot of other stuff).
For more information about grain-free wet diets – and why they are ideal for cats, and switching to wet, read http://catinfo.org/
RAW goat milk (NOT pasteurized and not cow milk (never give these to cats) or “cat milk” which is full of other junk) can be helpful for digestive issues as it has many natural probiotics.
ETA: I forgot to touch on the fibre issue….generally in the wild, cats get all the fibre they need from their prey but here are a couple little write ups about fibre in the domestic cat diet:
Post # 5
Fromm 4-Star has a great line of Cat food. My dog eats their dog versions and does really well. Limited ingredients, and they offer both wet and dry food. Never had a recall.
We also use canned pumpkin (make sure it is only pumpkin!) to help settle an upset stomach.
Not sure if it constitutes as “high fiber” though. 4.5% in most formulas.