How To Keep Your Cat Healthy - Cat
Cats have a reputation for being finicky eaters, but
that is usually a distortion of the truth. Cats have
a very keen sense of taste and smell, and they know
what they like. If you have fed your cat the same
food for years, then change brands, she may boycott
the new menu. If you must change her diet, do it over
time, mixing just a bit of the new food with plenty
of the old favorite. Slowly increase the amount of
new food and decrease the old.
Cats are creatures of habit. Your feline friend will
feel more calm and comfortable if you feed her at the
same time each day. If more than one cat shares your
home, be sure that each has a food and water bowl of
its own. This lessens competition, territoriality,
and ensures that everyone is getting their fair share
Cats have unusual nutritional needs and you should
check the labelling of your chosen cat foods to
ensure they are included, or consider nutritional
supplements. These include:
* Vitamin A
* Essential Fatty Acids
The amount and frequency of food you put out depends
on the age, health, and activity level of your cat.
Kittens under 12 weeks of age usually need to eat
about four times each day. Adult cats benefit from
twice-a-day feedings. Read packaging labels or ask
your veterinarian for guidelines on how much food
your cat should eat each day. Don't panic if your cat
skips a meal, but if she doesn't eat for more 48
hours, contact your vet. But, keep in mind that if
your cat is allowed to roam outdoors, she may be
ruining her appetite at a neighbor's house. Never
feed your cat table scraps. They are unhealthy for
her, and create annoying begging behaviors.
I would always pick a meat-based cat food over a
vegetable-based one. Despite the fact that you will
pay more for the meat food, if you are concerned
about the health of your cat, this will be a cost
worth paying. And because meat-based products are
generally of better quality, your cat will be
satisfied with less of the quality cat food that she
would be with a lesser quality product.
Moist, or canned food is usually a favorite - the
moisture amplifies the scent-but make sure your cat
also eats dry food regularly. Leave a bowl of dry
kibble out for your cat to snack on throughout the
day; the crunchy food helps clean her teeth. If you
do feed "wet" food, make it available for
about 30 minutes, and throw away the uneaten portion.
This teaches your cat to "get it while the
getting is good." Never leave canned food in a
dish all day long; it attracts ants, cockroaches, and
creates a bad habit in your cat.
In addition to a bowl of dry kibble, make sure your
cat has plenty of fresh water in a clean bowl. If
your home is large, or has multiple levels, consider
putting out more than one water bowl so that she
always has access to water and won't need to try
quenching her thirst via an "unsafe"
Most people know that cats are carnivores, or meat
eaters, and are puzzled when their cats begin eating
houseplants. This could be dangerous - some plants
are toxic. A plant-snacking cat may be trying to get
required minerals that might be lacking from the
commercial food she eats. Give her access to a
planter pot of "cat grass" (available at
pet supply stores and garden centers), and she'll
leave your other plants alone.
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