Is your cat is a picky eater and likes to convey its displeasure every time you try feeding it something it doesn’t want to eat?
You may not know this but cats are absolute individuals with a strong opinion about most things, especially food. Their taste for certain foods develops early on in their lives. Therefore, if your feline is still a kitten, it is better to introduce it to different types of food, including dry, wet or semidry.
Even if it is an adult, it is your job to make sure it receives all of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy through a variety of food. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about feeding your cat.
So, let’s begin.
Select a Balanced Diet
If you are a devoted and committed cat person, you should always read the label on the cat food that you choose before feeding your cat. The labels on cat food tins are usually cluttered and so, it is easy to miss the most important bits of information. Therefore, people only tend to notice the ingredients while completely ignoring the nutrition facts.
Carbohydrates and grains shouldn’t be given to your cat regularly, but they can be just fine if fed in moderation. On the flip side, the cat food containing more fat and protein is ideal but much more expensive than the former. Carbs hold dry cat food together and keep it from expanding and getting messier. Moreover, cats like the crunchiness of the food that is rich in carbs. It is perfectly alright to give your cat carb-packed food, as long as the carbs aren’t too much.
Oftentimes, people fail to figure out whether the food is balanced enough for their cat. The answer to this frequently asked question is quite simple and straightforward. Before you buy specific cat food at the store, make sure it has the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) label. If it does, you are good to go. If not, try searching for something that does.
Despite the labels, you should always notice how your feline responds to a particular product. If a cat food is sufficient for your cat’s nutritional needs, there is no need to feed extra vitamins.
How Much Should You Feed Your Cat?
When it comes to feeding your cat, you may be confused about how much food is enough. What you may not know is that most pet cats eat once at dawn and once at dusk. The portion of food given to your cat depends upon its age, size and activity level.
On average, your cat should get 200 calories per day. If you aren’t sure about its nutritional needs, it is better to seek advice from a professional vet. Also, the calorie count varies from one cat food to another. Make sure you pay close attention to what’s mentioned on the cat food label that you buy.
Moreover, cats like to gobble down a few bites, especially if there is food sitting on the table. They aren’t smart enough to understand what is right for them and what isn’t. Overeating is the last thing you would want your cat to do. It makes a cat fat and obese and takes away its natural playfulness. Additionally, overeating can lead to heart problems, joint problems and diabetes, which can even claim your furry friend’s life.
Hence, it is in your cat’s specific interest that it is fed at a designated time of the day, and the food doesn’t sit around at all times. If you notice symptoms of obesity in your cat, it is better to switch to a low-calorie diet instead of shrinking the portion size. If you reduce the amount of food, you’ll notice a sudden change in your cat’s behavior, as it can become a lot more aggressive if underfed.
Cat owners also ask whether it is a good idea to toss a few yummy and crunchy treats to your cat. The answer is yes, but it should also be fed in moderation. Treats should make up for not more than 10% of the daily calorie intake of your cat. It is even better if you only treat your cat to make it learn certain behaviors or as a reward for good behavior.
What about Homemade Food and Veggies?
Cats are natural carnivores and vegan diets might not be such a good idea for them. In fact, they can be a little unhealthy. To grow and stay healthy, cats need certain nutrients that are only found in meat. However, feeding raw meat to your playful pet cat isn’t such a great idea after all. Before feeding meat to your cat, it is better to boil it properly. The bacteria in raw meat can make your cat very sick.
As far as homemade cat food is concerned, it should be made in accordance with the vet’s instructions. The standard weight of a cat is somewhere between 8 and 10 pounds. Even if you change a single ingredient in its diet, you’ll be making a huge difference. The good thing about packaged cat food is that it is convenient to use and contains all the nutrients that a cat needs to survive and stay healthy.
By now, you must have understood everything about feeding your cat. To stay safe, make sure to take your cat to the vet at least once a month and feed it only the things which the vet recommends as per your cat’s health condition.
Best of Luck!