Is low fiber cat food a panacea?

Although intestinal health problems might be caused by a variety of factors, fiber is usually one of the main reasons for constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. Fibers are carbs that are not digested by the cat’s body. There are two types of carbohydrates: soluble and insoluble. Manufacturers use both types with the second one prevailing. That might be the cause of problems.

Low-fiber cat food might be a great solution when a cat has:

Before switching to such a diet, you should consult a veterinarian – only a doctor can define the cat’s nutritional needs appropriately. Also please, not, there’s a number of situations when high-fiber cat food is even better for your cat.

How to transition to low fiber cat food?

No matter which low fiber cat food brands and types of recipes you select, the process of transition is pretty much the same in all cases.

Start with serving new food along with old in 20/80 ratio, then gradually change it into 40/60, 50/50, and further. Add a minor quantity of low-fiber food to the old diet or offer separate meals at a certain time (for example, in breakfast or dinner). Watch your cat’s reaction. It might experience diarrhea, constipation, or bloating. If it gets too serious, do not hurry with the process of transition. 


What to look for in a low fiber cat food?

When you select low-fiber food, look at the quantity of fiber (it should be 0-3%) and the quality of ingredients it is sourced from. Grains, wheat, and soy are not good in large amounts. Vegetables, berries, and fruits are more quality sources of fiber

What cat food is considered low in fibers? 

There is no exact definition as “low-fiber cat food” – most manufacturers label it as the food for digestion problems. In dry foods, 3% of fiber may be appropriate. Yet, we consider recipes with 0.5-2% as low in fiber.

What brand has a low fiber canned cat food?

The lowest amount of fiber can be found in the Tiki Cat lineup – it has 0% protein. Weruva wet food series has 0.5% of fiber, and Wellness Core wet food recipes have 1% of fiber.

In a word 

Although fiber is an essential nutrient for any mammal, cats’ digestive system is not suited to process it in large amounts. If your furry friend experiences problems with stool, gas, and bloating, or its poop is too smelly there might be too much fiber served. Reconsider your pet’s diet and consult a veterinarian.

If a doctor prescribes making a switch, choose low-fiber foods carefully. Pay attention to the quality of components and avoid the recipes with too many grains, rice, and potatoes. A product with 0.5-2% of fiber would be the best solution. If your pet prefers dry food, a formula with 3% fiber might also be appropriate if it contains non-allergic components. 

When figuring out the suitable foods for your cat, watch its reaction, and define which components cause sensitivity and trigger intestinal problems. Sometimes, diarrhea or constipation is caused by one particular product (grain, vegetable, or fruit). With a properly chosen formula, you and your four-legged pal will forget about intestinal symptoms for good.

I am Claudine, a College of Veterinary Medicine alumni and cat health & lifestyle specialist. In this blog, I share my personal experience and recommendations on improving cat’s diet, behavior, and both physical and psychological state.

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