Feeding your cat
Feeding your Cat
Feeding your Cat:
Feeding your cat a well-balanced diet and the right amount of food on a daily basis is essential for his good health. These days the pet-food industry is big business and there is a wide range of feline foods available for cats – many of which are aggressively marketed – so it can be difficult deciding which variety or brand is the best choice for your pet.
There are, however, certain dietary nutrients that a cat cannot do without, and these are shown on the checklist. Taking these and your cat’s age, health and lifestyle into account when purchasing cat food can help to make the job of deciding which diet is most suitable easier.
- vitamin A
- vitamin B complex
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
- amino acids (specifically taurine and niacin)
Cats are know as “obligate carnivores” – they depend on meat and other similar foodstuff, such as fish, as sources of vital nutrients in order to remain healthy. Unable to exist on a low-protein diet,cats need relatively large amounts of meat-based food per day in relation to their size. In a wild state, the cat hunts, kills, feeds, and then rests. He may gorge himself on a whole rabbit, or several mice and birds, on one day, then go without food completely for next two or three days.
Adult domestic cats are usually fed once a day, but splitting that feed into two meals adds interaction and interest and alleviates boredom. Do not feed your cat on dog food, as this is formulated for canine nutritional needs, not feline ones.
|Food treats and supplements
On a commercially prepared and therefore carefully formulated and balanced
diet, your cat should not need any food supplements ( comprising vitamins,
minerals, and oils), unless your vet advises you to use them. Overdosing on
nutrients can prove detrimental to your pet’s health.
Cats eat grass as a source of folic acid. It also acts an emetic to induce vomiting and so rid the stomach of fur balls, worms and other causes of digestive upset.