What Should You Feed Your Cat And How Much?
24 October, 2011
We know how finicky our cats can be with their eating. My Sammy likes to eat everything, but most cats aren’t like him. And there are so many brands on the market, it’s hard to know what is the best for them and how much to feed them.
Below are some recommendations on how to feed cats properly:
1. Feed a diet that contains mostly poultry or chicken-liver variety. Avoid beef, lamb, seafood, corn, soy or milk products. A small amount of dry food provides the “crunch” that cats crave. Read labels. A diet that is called “Chicken Entree” may only contain a small amount of poultry. Ingredients are listed on labels with those in the largest amount listed first.
2. Avoid marketing hype and realize that those funny colors are put in foods for humans—our kitties could care less.
3. Think critically about ingredients. Especially with dry diets, ingredients like herbs, mushrooms, etc. are unlikely to survive the heating process.
4. Within reason, it’s okay to treat your cats periodically to some cooked poultry. Other cats enjoy cantaloupe, tomatoes, etc. Remember that treats are exactly that—treats—and not the basis of a complete diet. Sammy likes bread, chicken and loves tuna!
I love milk!
5. Pay attention to your cat’s appetite on a daily basis. A healthy cat eats well every day and really looks forward to mealtime. If your cat or kitten misses a day or two of eating, call your veterinarian. Often times, if your cat loses his or her appetite, it is one of the first signs of serious disease in cats.
6. Never force your cat to eat a new food. Although it seems like a dog will eat almost anything that is wrapped up in cheese or peanut butter, our cats are more discriminating. Make food changes slowly and patiently. Cats can and will starve themselves if confronted with a new food not to their liking.
7. Always provide a source of fresh, clean water daily to your cats. Some cats will drink out of a wide, shallow bowl, but others prefer their water from a circulating water fountain or even a glass.
8. Evaluate your cat’s diet by how your cat or kitten looks and feels. Cats that are eating an excellent diet are lean, have a shiny coat, don’t have dandruff and aren’t constipated or plagued with vomiting and diarrhea. If you can easily feel your cat’s ribs (but not see them) and if your kitty has a tuck after the ribcage (when you look down upon him or her), most likely the weight is excellent. Sick cats lose the normal fat pad over the spine. You should never be able to easily feel the bones of your cat’s spine.
9. Always speak with your veterinarian about nutritional concerns. As always, your veterinarian is your cat’s most knowledgeable resource for nutrition and advice.
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