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The Best Cat Food for Sensitive Stomachs

Sensitive Stomachs in Cats

Not all cat foods are created equal. Here’s what you need to know if your cat has a sensitive stomach.
These days, you need to know what is going into your cat’s bowl. There are so many cat foods on the market; some are made with low-quality ingredients that trigger digestive issues such as a sensitive stomach. For cats with sensitive stomachs, this could be cause by a problem with your feline’s diet.


Although it’s normal for your cat to hack up the occasional hairball, vomiting, regurgitating undigested food, or experiencing frequent diarrhea can signal a deeper issue.
If you think your cat has a sensitive stomach, look for these symptoms:

  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Changes in stool
  • Increased thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Changes in coat appearance
  • Recurrent skin problems

These symptoms can either be acute or chronic. In the case of acute digestive issues, these symptoms will come on suddenly, while chronic issues develop over time. Acute digestive upset may be because of a change in diet, infection, intestinal disease, or stress. You’re more likely to see chronic digestive problems due to food allergies or sensitive stomach.

The Best Food for Cats with Sensitive Stomachs

The first step you should take, if you believe your cat has a sensitive stomach, is to contact your veterinarian. Your vet can run tests to rule out any underlying medical problems and offer treatment options. If your cat’s issues are food-related, the next step is to transition her onto a cat food that won’t upset her stomach.
Here are some things to look for in food for cats with sensitive stomachs:

  • Wholesome, natural ingredients
  • High-quality animal protein (single source)
  • Healthy fats (including omega fatty acids)
  • Digestible carbohydrates
  • Nutritionally complete and balanced
  • Beneficial supplements (including prebiotics or probiotics)
  • No artificial additives, fillers, or by-products

Now that you understand a little more about your cat’s digestive issues and how to choose the right cat food to resolve them, let’s take a look at some of the best sensitive stomach cat foods on the market.

Sensitive Stomach Canned Cat Food

Wet foods are generally recommended for cats with sensitive stomachs. This is because of the higher moisture content, so they’re easier to digest. Also, recipes with novel proteins (like Turkey, Duck, Lamb, etc.) may be easier on your sensitive cat’s belly.
When you’re looking at wet cat food, it should contain easily digestible and stomach soothing ingredients. And because of the high water content, wet food can provide extra hydration, which is helpful to cats suffering from diarrhea, constipation and vomiting.

Wellness has a wide range of foods for cats with sensitive stomachs that all deliver a taste that 9 in 10 cats love* which is especially important for sensitive stomach cats who may be more reluctant when it comes to trying new foods.

CORE Digestive Health wet recipes are available in 4 delicious flavors including Chicken, Whitefish, Salmon and Turkey. Each recipe is a highly digestible pate crafted with prebiotic fiber and superfoods such as pumpkin & papaya to support digestive health for wellbeing – ideal for cat’s with sensitive stomachs.

If you’re looking for a wet cat food with fewer ingredients, check out CORE® Simply Shreds™ in Wild Salmon and Tuna. This makes a great snack to be added to a complete and balanced food diet, and is made with simply four ingredients or less— 100% natural with no grains and no fillers.

And once you find something that works for your cat, stick to it. To make feeding your cat more convenient, see Wellness Digestive Health Variety Packs or Wellness Complete Health Variety Packs wet cat food. Depending on the recipe chosen, Wellness has variety packs available in 12 or 24 packs, recipes include Chicken & Turkey Pate Favorites, Seafood Pate Favorites, and Chicken & Turkey Lovers.

 * Based on Studies of Wellness Cat at an Independent Kennel. Data on File. 

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