Many of today’s owners keep their cats indoors — especially if they live in a city. However, indoor kitties aren’t known for getting a lot of exercise. Whether your feline is an outdoor or indoor kitty, they can develop health problems from a poor diet just like humans can. Keep this in mind as you construct your feline friend’s diet.
The biggest threats to your cat’s health are urinary tract diseases, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and obesity. We all want the best for our feline friends: the best beds, toys, medical care and the best food. When it comes to the food it’s essential that you learn the amount of food your cat actually needs and be sure to set regular meal times. You should follow these other suggestions to sustain good pet health.
Dry food shouldn’t be the only type of food you feed your cat.
Cats don’t instinctively look for water if they get thirsty and, therefore, might not drink the water you put down for them. But, like humans, cats need water to survive; if they don’t get enough water they could get severe urinary tract infections. The UTIs that we sometimes suffer from can be very painful and you wouldn’t want your furry buddy to go through that same kind of pain, would you? No, of course you wouldn’t. So, in addition to the water bowl, feeding your cat wet or moist cat food is a great way to make sure they get water into their little bodies.
You may think the comic character cat Garfield is cute, but it’s unhealthy to let your cherished kitty get that heavy. You’ll need to start counting those calories for your cat now too! Domestic cats simply need 25-35 calories per pound each day because they have a low nutritional demand. You should speak to your veterinarian if you’re unsure how much to feed your cat every day.
Heavy animal-based protein dishes are good for your favorite feline.
Cats aren’t vegetarians and aren’t meant to be—they’re carnivores. It may be fine for you to be a vegetarian, but it will cause health problems for your kitty. A cat’s system digests plant proteins differently. What your cat requires for a healthy life is animal protein.
Avoid feeding your kitty carbohydrate-rich foods.
As it was just stated previously, cats are carnivores. There aren’t any carbs in meat but lots of protein. Cat’s digestive systems can’t digest carbohydrates correctly and, consequently, cats don’t need carbs. It’s fine with a selective treat now and then, but be cautious. When you purchase your next bag of cat food, check out the label to see if the food you by is low-carb. If you’re unsure of how low the carbs should be in cat food, ask your veterinarian.
Just as we need a good, balanced diet, so do our much-loved felines and as each cat varies from the other they could need their own personal diet. Just throwing down any old kind of cat food could possibly cause their system to become unbalanced. A discussion with your veterinarian is always a good idea to ensure your feeding your cat the correct diet and the best food and quality cat treats. But if you follow the above guidelines, you’re sure to have a happy, healthy kitty for many years to come.