How to tell: When a cat is healthy, you or your vet should be able to externally palpate each of their internal organs. If the abdomen of your kitty is too hard to do so, they’re probably inflamed. Another way to tell is to lay your cat on their side. If their belly gushes and kind of falls in a puddle, they’re fine, but if the belly becomes a rounded mass, that’s inflammation. Typically, when a cat is overweight, they can still clean their own butt because the fat gushes, but when they’re inflamed, the hard inflammation prevents them from being able to reach everywhere they should. To rid him of his inflammation, there are two things that need to happen: Remove the inflammatory ingredients and Add an anti-inflammatory.

Inflammatory ingredients: Anything the cat can’t use (read: that’s not meat or moisture) could provoke an immune response. The cat’s immune system will check out such things, and even after they’ve seen it before, that doesn’t mean that the immune system won’t respond again. The inflammation is mostly because of this process. The number 1 and 2 ingredients that are super common in commercial cat food that cause this reaction are corn and powdered cellulose (which is paper).

Anti-inflammatory: Omega fatty acids are a great anti-inflammatory, so having some fish in the diet is beneficial, the smaller size fish the better. Our favorite is sardines. Cats can even have the sardines that are sold for humans in the grocery store as long as they’re packed in water. Others include salmon and bone broth.

​In addition to these boons, getting him on a more natural diet, you’ll see his poop become less stinky, he’ll be happier because he won’t feel bogged down or dehydrated, and cats who are indoor only on a diet of canned and/or raw tend to live 19-22 years! Our goal is to educate you in the ways of a cat, to help your kitty live the most happy life he can, and to help you and your kitty stay together as long as possible.