Signs of a poor diet

Understanding the signs of a poor diet in cats is essential

There are a number of symptoms to look out for which can tell you about your cat’s diet, helping you to determine whether they are receiving the right amount of nutrients. Healthy food is vital to deliver everything they need to keep them happy and healthy - take a look at our guide to the signs of a poor diet in cats, and book an appointment in one of our stores to speak to one of our Nutrition Consultants about your cat’s diet.

Digestion

Litter boxes are a good way to ensure that your cat’s digestion is healthy, as you can find out whether they’re having any trouble urinating or passing stools. Cats can develop urinary tract infections easily, which can be triggered by obesity and sometimes by high levels of calcium like those found in fish - so if you notice your pet having trouble it’s worth taking them to a vet to learn how you can make things easier and help your cat recover.

Weight

Both weight gain and weight loss are major indicators of poor diet in cats - and this isn’t always down to the amount of food they’re eating. Carbohydrate-rich food is fattening to cats, even in small doses, while underweight cats are unlikely to be receiving the proteins and nutrients they need for healthy growth. It’s advisable to weigh your cat every couple of weeks to track any changes, and speak to a vet if you’re concerned. Weight change can also be an indicator of other health issues, so don’t make any major changes to their diet until you’ve spoken to an expert!

Skin

A number of pet foods contain allergens like corn and gluten, which can result in dry and itchy skin in cats. The only sure-fire way to avoid this is to aim for foods without any fillers or artificial ingredients; although you’ll find that a chat with a vet will help you to understand whether your cat is particularly sensitive to certain foods and change their diet accordingly. An unbalanced diet doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat is being fed too much or too little; often it’s also down to the quality of the food and the contents within.

If you do have any questions about your pet’s diet, pop into one of our Pets at Home stores and book a free appointment with a nutrition consultant for advice on feeding your cat.