High Fiber Cat Food

By | September 10, 2012




Many cat owners are unsure of giving their cat high fiber cat food. This is because excess fiber can cause many problems in cats and that has been well documented.

Still, high fiber cat food can be a good thing.

First thing is first; please refer to the cats and fiber post for more information regarding the fiber itself and the types of fiber.

When you see ‘Crude Fiber’ on the guarantee analysis section of the cat food label, it refers to the measurement of the indigestible carbohydrates in the food.

Essentially, at the core, that’s what fiber is: indigestible carbohydrates.

What you need to focus on is the ‘dietary fiber.’ This is the fiber that cats get the most out of.

The key with finding a good quality high fiber cat food is to find one that focuses on giving the cat the right balance of fiber in the right amount.

If you find a high fiber diet, and a lot of the fiber is coming from wood chips (aka powdered cellulose) or wheat or corn then you have a problem. This is because these ingredients are filler and poorly fermented.

A lot of high fiber cat food is marketed for diet food weight loss, and weight control. This is because moderately fermentable fiber can give the cat a ‘full’ feeling for quite some time. This makes the cat eat less.

Many of the cat foods out there that specialize in weight loss, high fiber diets cut corners and use the poorly fermentable fiber sources.

So what is good high fiber cat food?

It’s tough to give a straight out answer to this question, as every cat species is different with different activity levels, reaction times, etc.

In dry cat food, the normal crude fiber maximum is around 3%. Dry food tends to be in poorer quality over wet food anyways, but if you like to feed dry food, 3% is a highly thought of number. Anything higher and you should really examine the sources.

Wet food is a little easier to manage because it’s naturally healthier for your cat. Just make sure that the fiber sources come from the ‘good’ sources, and not the ‘bad’ sources like fillers.

TIP:
If you need additional fiber all you can do is keep feeding your regular canned food, and add pure canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) to the food (about 1 teaspoon). It can be as simple as that.

If you are determined to have actual brand names, I’ll oblige:

Dry Foods:

Innova:

Innova Prime Grain Free Chicken & Turkey Formula Adult Dry Cat Food

Wellness:

Wellness CORE Grain Free Indoor Formula Dry Cat Food

Eukanuba:

Eukanuba Adult Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food

Wet Foods:

Evo:

EVO 95% Beef Canned Cat Food

Merrick:

Merrick Grammy's Pot Pie Canned Cat Food

Blue Buffalo:
Blue Buffalo Spa Select Tender Turkey and Chicken Entree Canned Cat Food

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4 thoughts on “High Fiber Cat Food

  1. Teresa Hurley

    Can you give me some brand names for high fiber dry cat food? I can’t really high end food but my vet says this is what my cat needs for his diarrhea. He is old and I might have to put him down because of it. Please help!

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  2. Teresa Hurley

    Sorry typo. meant to write “can’t afford really high end cat food”. Thank you for whatever help you can give me. He is really a great cat. The best.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello there,

      If the vet recommended high fiber dry cat food, look for one where a single (or two) protein source is available. Stay away from additives or flavourings. Every cat is different but brands such as Blue Buffalo, Innova, Wellness, Nutrience, Nutro are highly thought of.

      I feed my cat Nutrience at $25 (CDN) for a 2.5kg bag. I’m not sure what the budget is but it will run you cheaper than some of the vet prescribed stuff or doing something like going raw or organic. But it will be more expensive than grocery store brands. Grocery stores, or no name brands, are usually not beneficial at all, even if it is for the budget.

      If the brands listed above are still a little too expensive, look at lower tiered brands like Royal Canin, Iams, or Purina.
      It’s a double edged sword because cat food cost usually = quality. But when it’s not in the budget, we gotta do what we gotta do.

      Also, make sure water is available at all times (if not already so). Diarrhea makes one dehydrated, so having water available is just an extra precaution to ensure your cat is getting enough water and is not dehydrated.

      In addition, for a situation such as diarrhea, it is important to not change the food often (in terms of different Brands/types). Constant adjustment to new foods certainly won’t help with the diarrhea. Pick a food and stick with it for a period of time so your cat can adjust.
      Finally, I’m not suggesting you do this, but search ‘pumpkin pie filling’ in relation to cat nutrition. It may really help but always ask your vet before doing something you are not comfortable with.

      Good luck to you and I hope the kitty will be okay!

      P.S. If more helpful comments get posted, I’ll be sure to approve them so you get more information.

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