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Know What to Feed a Cat With Pancreatitis

Pet Diet & Nutrition 3 min read
Photo of a gray cat eating from a blue bowl to illustrate what to feed a cat with pancreatitis.

Learning what to feed a cat with pancreatitis is critical to managing this uncomfortable condition. That’s because some enzymes produced in the pancreas are responsible for digesting food, and the organ works twice as much when your little one ingests a high-fat diet. So let’s understand how an overworked pancreas can lead to inflammation and how to avoid it. 

Not Too Little Nor Too Much Fat

Cats need a balanced amount of fat in their daily diet. This nutrient brings many benefits to pets, such as providing energy, healthier fur, and improving the immune system. When considering what to feed a cat with pancreatitis, pet parents should avoid fatty foods in excess. 

High-fat food can lead to acute pancreatitis, obesity, heart problems, and increased blood pressure in cats.

An easy way to avoid excess fat is by not offering human food and table scraps. A lot of our meals, such as bacon, fried ingredients, cheese, milk, and highly processed foods, can trigger health problems in pets, including pancreatitis.

Highly processed pet food, like some types of kibbles and treats, can also cause pancreatitis due to its high-fat, low-protein composition. The lack of nutrients in this diet can also impact the pet’s immune system and cause inflammation in other digestive organs, in addition to the pancreas.

Deciding What to Feed a Cat With Pancreatitis

These are the main aspects to take into consideration when planning a balanced diet to help prevent pancreatitis:

  • High-quality digestible proteins
  • Low in fat and carbs
  • High nutritional values
  • Free from additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors

There are plenty of good commercial diets available for cats suffering from pancreatitis. A homemade diet is also a great way to ensure you have complete control over the nutritional value of everything your furkiddo eats. A qualified professional can help ensure the homecooked meal is balanced and ideal for pets suffering from inflammation in the pancreas. 

Supporting a Pet With Pancreatitis

Photo of a tabby cat trying to grab a treat from a human's hand to represent what to feed a cat with pancreatitis.

Unfortunately, once a dog or cat has pancreatitis, the chances of recurrence are high. That’s when being proactive and offering life-long support can help avoid future manifestations. Besides a natural and balanced diet, herbal supplements can help manage the condition.

NHV Mellit is our main recommendation for pets with a confirmed diagnosis of pancreatitis. Some ingredients in Mellit, such as Jambolan, blueberries, and dandelion, may help protect the pancreas against oxidation damage, reduce inflammation, and repair the damaged pancreatic tissues.

If you are looking for overall support, we have built a Pancreas Imbalance kit that includes not only Mellit but also NHV Turmeric and NHV Milk Thistle.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms of an inflamed pancreas. As Milk Thistle improves the digestion of fat, it also may be helpful in supporting pancreatic function.

Lastly, cats are very sensitive animals, and stress might flare up the symptoms of pancreatitis. Therefore, adding our stress relief formula, NHV Matricalm, may also be helpful in comforting cats suffering from inflammation in the pancreas.

NHV Mellit is recommended for pets with a confirmed pancreatitis diagnosis. If you suspect your little one might be dealing with pancreatic issues, please visit a vet for a complete check-up. In the meantime, please know that we are here for you! Click the button below to start talking to our team of Pet Experts about your concerns.

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: March 1, 2023

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