Feeding Kitten sensitive stomach

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Tompeters

Feeding Kitten sensitive stomach

Well...this is a cooking forum and many of you have cats, so I hope someone can help me.

I have a rescue kitten, 5 months old. I've had her for five weeks and she is very intolerant of most foods, causing loose motions. On the vet's recommendation I am using Hills Prescription I/D - I am only using the wet, the kibble seems to disagree with her - but while better it is not perfect. It is also horribly expensive at around £8 per kg. Sometimes I give her Morrisons economy white fish fillet portions which she adores (mic for three mins) and only around £2 per kg. She seems OK with that but can she live on fish alone?

It's not just the cost, it feels wrong to feed her pouches or tins of food when we have plenty of bits of all kinds of fish and meat that I can prepare for her, if only I knew how to do so providing all the nutrients she needs and without upsetting her tummy.

Hope nobody is offended by a cat question, but I rather think someone here can point me in the right direction.

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The Cat's Mother

Feeding kittens

Some while ago I had several cats and fed them on coley fillets all the time, with no ill effects. This was before kibbles were as good and as nutritious as they are now. All cats are different and very fussy - so hope you find the right solution for your little one. I feed our current boy on dry food and water (no milk apparently not good for them) and he is as fit as a fiddle. (He does supplement his diet with the odd bird or mouse from time to time - but that is natural.)

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Tompeters

Feeding Kitten sensitive stomach

Thanks for that reassurance, TCM. This Morrisons economy fish is fished in the Pacific and smells very wholesome. I agree with you about the odd bird or mouse...all of our cats have in the past and this is the first time we've had one with a dicky tummy. She's as fit as a fiddle in every other way and as bright as a button. Just her tum :( She can't help having accidents but obviously we can't let her roam the house, would be a health hazard but she doesn't get the TLC we'd like to give her, either. Must get her sorted and I think diet is the key.

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Kayb

Dicky Tummy

Hi TomP, have you thought of mixed boiled rice and egg, almost like an egg custard with rice, but without the sugar and milk, or maybe with the special cat milk you could get in the Supermarkets. It's supposed to help settle their tums.
Karen

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Tompeters

Kittens - rice

Kayb - Thank you for that. I've seen 'rice' mentioned all over the place for sensitive cats, the vet mentioned it in passing, some of the 'prescription' foods contain it. I'll give it a go. By the same token, I imagine that rice would be a good addition to the fish?

Thanks for the help

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Tompeters

Kitten

Oh, by the way, she's much better today with the Hills I/D but at £7.80 per kg it's a leg-pull. I paid that per kg for some really nice braising steak from Morrisons yesterday that was tasty and tender as filet.

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John S.

Feeding Kitten

I would try her on cooked minced chicken or turkey mixed with a little boiled rice.
No milk or any foods containing liver.
Talk to your vet about the possibility of her having an underlying stomach problem, ie. twisted intestine or parasites.

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Tompeters

Kitten

Thanks John, the vet took a faecal sample and found a bug - he did examine her very carefully -- same vet saw her at the rescue centre so has seen quite a bit of her and remembers her. The moment I feed kibble - even the prescription one - she is in trouble and regular cat pouches she goes for like crack cocaine - but passes straight through her :( I was told by someone into cats that chicken might be a bit rich? Maybe OK with rice tho'. Thanks for your help.

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Thistledo

Kitten

Hiya Tomps! Good of you to take on a 'rescue' kitten.
It very likely picked up something from its mother while suckling. It may well pass as it ages, as ours did. Our Willow is now 10 and a very healthy cat feeding on Iams dried food, which he relishes. When the get first suggested giving Willow the Hills special diet, it worked well but a coupole of years later, we tried him on ordinary Iams and hooray, he seemed to be cured.

Chicken is easily digested and the rice is high enough in fibre to solidify the faeces.

I have to say though, that if anyone takes on a dog or cat, then they have to be prepared to spend on such things and if any cat eats wildlife that it catches, it should be wormed regularly.

Definitely no milk. Water is all they need, which must be provided fresh daily, especially with dried food.

Incidentally, fish is not a cat's natural food! I'm pleased that yours likes it though but when did you last see a cat dive into the water and swim around looking for fish, eh?

Good luck and I'm sure Kitty will grow out of the problem.

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Tompeters

Kitten

Thanks, T'do. Apparently raw fish is a no-no, there is an enzyme that destroys B1 so must be cooked. So maybe that's why cats don't go fishing...having not discovered the secret of fire :)) The cost thing for me is a point of principle. The Hills costs the same price per kg as CoOp's skinned breast chicken filets. So the Hills seems like scammy pricing to me. Far too much profit being taken along the way, I imagine, and I object especially since I am perfectly capable of cooking for a cat!! Provided I know and understand the dietary needs, of course. Anyway we eat quite a lot of meat (and fish) and can easily use that up, with care.

It's rather sad, actually, as we just cannot let her roam over the furniture when her paws aren't clean enough so she doesn't get the attention we'd like to give her.

Her name is Richard Parker. Everyone says it's a silly name for a girl cat, but she seems happy enough even if the vet thinks it's a little strange.

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Tompeters

Kitten feeding

Thanks to your help, I have now prepared fish and rice and chicken and rice meals that she woolfs down. I have some SF50 powder for the micronutrients on order and will keep her on this for the time being. She adores it; bites my hand off!

Have to ask Noreen to consider a cat-cooking section. Cooking FOR the cat, I mean, not putting the moggie on the barbie ;)

Thanks, friends, much appreciate your input. :))

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Tompeters

Feeding Kitten sensitive stomach

A brief update: The results continue to amaze me. There are no longer any smells - they had been, frankly, unacceptable for the home - and now it's fine.

What puzzles me is what on earth Hills can be putting into their premium sensitive stomach food that so disagree with a kitten? To be fair, not just Hills, also Felix, Morrisons, and a couple of others.

I suspect that we are not well-served by the petfood industry. Looks to me as though it is cheaper and better to make your own. Why am I surprised?

 
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