People have many misconceptions about a feline’s diet. I see many cat owners feeding their pets food that is not particularly good and nutritious for them.
If people don’t know what their healthy kitties need to eat, imagine how things can get complicated if their feline friend has asthma. There aren’t many asthmatic cats, and that’s probably why it is difficult to find content on what to feed your furry friend that has asthma.
In our article we will go through what should and what shouldn’t a cat eat, what food can be an asthma trigger for your feline friend, and what is the best food for cats with asthma.
What do our feline friends eat?
If you observe outdoor cats, you will notice that they tend to hunt for birds or rodents. Their digestive system is made to be able to absorb all nutrients and water they need from the animals they hunt and eat. In relation, felines don’t drink a lot of water particularly because they get what they need from their prey.
A cat’s diet has to be rich in proteins packed with vitamins and minerals which can’t be supported by plants. And, even if some plants are able to provide all those nutrients, a kitty’s system won’t process them into a form that would be useful for them.
All in all, for a healthy and happy cat, moisture and protein-rich food that meets all its nutrition and hydration it needs is the way to go.
What should you not feed your feline friend?
What is the first food people think of when they want to feed a kitty? A bowl of milk! It may come as a shock, but cats are mostly intolerant to lactose. If you have any milk from a cat, you may use it. Otherwise, you can do more harm than good if you feed your kitty any dairy product.
Another common food that people use to feed their cats is fish. Although there is nothing wrong with feeding your furry feline friend some fish, it should be done occasionally. Fish doesn’t have enough nutrients that cats need, and in the wild, they won’t be diving into a river or a lake to hunt for fish. Also, fish bones can be quite harmful if they get stuck in your kitty’s throat or digestive tract.
Finally, grains are definitely something your cat absolutely doesn’t need. Unfortunately, many brands for cat food use grains like corn, wheat, or rice in their dry food. If you haven’t seen a cat cooking its own bowl of rice and eating it that means it doesn’t need it. Read the label of the food you are getting for your cat, and make sure that it largely consists of protein.
Many of the food “fillers” in commercial cat food can be a cause for a lot of health issues cats have, including obesity and asthma.
How do you know if your cat has asthma?
Many symptoms of asthma can be the cause of something else. Never play a vet yourself to try to diagnose your kitty.
Take your feline friend to the vet even if it is just wheezing or it seems like it will throw up a hairball. Furthermore, the cause of its coughing may be an issue with the respiratory system like a viral or bacterial infection.
Once the vet has diagnosed that your cat has asthma, you may want to check for any allergy triggers you have at home. Artificially scented products can cause allergy attacks in many cats. These products include scented cat litter, the laundry detergent you use, or even air fresheners.
Moreover, foods such as corn, fish, beef, and soy can trigger asthma in kitties. So, think deeply and research what could be the triggers and try to eliminate as many of these as possible.
Best food for cats with asthma
Balanced nutrition plays a key role in your feline’s general health, and cats with asthma are even more delicate than their non-wheezing friends. Kitties which are suffering from asthma are likely to have a weakened immune system. So, well-balanced nutrition that prevents inflammation and resembles a diet your furry feline friend would eat in the wild is the best option for optimal health.
Primarily, start with eliminating any dry food, especially the one rich in grains, fish, maybe even poultry, and it goes without saying, no grains. Choose food that is preferably organic, and made with as little processing as possible.
Changing a cat’s diet can show immediate improvements in your feline’s wheezing, but that doesn’t mean you should stop any medication your vet has prescribed. Opt for natural remedies and better nutrition, but these should complement whatever the vet has asked you to give your cat.
It is important to remember that even if your kitty doesn’t show any improvement and its symptoms are the same, the well-balanced diet and food changes will definitely improve its health and strengthen its immune system, which will give your cat a chance to prevent the start of further health issues.
Having an asthmatic cat for a pet asks for a little bit of extra care and responsibility. You need to ensure it takes its required medication, and changing its nutrition plan will help with alleviating the symptoms of asthma.
Moreover, if you stick to balanced nutrition that is as close to a cat’s natural diet, you will give that extra care that your furry friend needs. Also, avoiding foods that don’t contribute to your kitty’s nutrition requirements, and can make its condition worse, is another step you can take to help your feline friend. Become knowledgeable about what you shouldn’t, and then focus on what you should give your cat to eat.