Your cat’s diet will have a big impact on a healthy cat that lives a happier life. But what are some practical cat dieting tips and how can you ensure your cat doesn’t get overweight?
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of feeding your cat bits of food that satisfy their appetite but do not whole much nutritional value. In this short article, we’ll explain the difference between a fat and thin cat and give practical advice for the ideal cat diet.
The Ideal Cat Diet
Choosing a diet for your feline friend can be a rather baffling matter if you really stop to think about it. For better or worse, many people simply grab the cheapest or largest bag of dry food they find in their grocery store.
They might ration out specific meals, or they may simply leave a full dish of food twenty-four hours a day, letting their cat decide when to eat.
Other people may pick every variety of canned food available, feeding a different wet food for every meal.
Unfortunately, a cat’s diet is more complicated than choosing just one or the other. The basis of a cat’s diet should be high protein and low carbohydrate. Many dry foods contain mostly carbohydrates with little protein.
Why Water is Vital
Cats need a great deal of water. In the wild, they would obtain water from the food they hunt. However dry food adds no water to their diet.
Cats will always need wet food to increase their water consumption and to flush their system of toxins. But many canned foods are actually very high in fat, which is not ideal for a house cat that does not get a great deal of exercise.
Therefore, a compromise between the two styles is key. Talk to your veterinarian for the best specific diet and portions for your cat, but you can plan for a combination of both dry and wet foods.
But you will also need to take into consideration your cat’s personal preferences. Some cats will refuse to eat certain forms and brands of food. Others are easier to please, happily scarfing down whatever is fed to them.
It might take trial and error to find the foods that best suit your cat’s personal taste.
Whichever way your cat’s diet works out, always look for quality. Again, your veterinarian will probably be able to provide brand recommendations. Also feeding the homemade dry cat foods is a great healthy option, but you should properly calculate the calories and overall nutrients because such diet isn’t complete and hence it should be only complimentary.
Look for natural and even organic foods. And find foods that do not contain a lot of artificial ingredients or fillers.
Fat Cat or Thin Cat?
A part of proper cat ownership is to watch your cat’s weight and to make sure that they are neither too fat nor too thin. Grooming your pet regularly is essential to health and hygiene. Things like a pet nail grinder will help to keep them happier and stronger for longer.
In order to figure this out, you should examine your cat quite often and look for the telltale signs of being too thin or too fat.
If you cat’s ribs are visible, then your cat may be too thin. The ribs may show or you may be able to feel it on a thick-haired cat with seemingly no palpable fat anywhere. You may also observe some slight abdominal tuck as well as no visible fat on your cat.
On the other hand, a cat that is too fat may have ribs that are not obviously seen and may be covered by excess fat. When observing your cat, you may notice that it might not have a visible waist.
Instead, their waist has become rounded with excess fat. Your cat will feel bigger with excess abdominal fat showing as fat deposits over the back area.
Obviously one of the best solutions to fixing your cat’s weight problem is to make sure that she is on a proper feeding regimen. During the various stages of your cat’s life, she will require different nutritional needs and therefore a varied feeding program.
Tip: you can read how much you should feed your cat here.
Check with your vet if you are not sure what type of food to feed your cat.
What about kittens?
During the kitten stage, you should know that they require twice as much energy per pound of their body weight than an adult cat does. Kittens also need to be weaned during the first six to eight weeks of their life, after that they are then given a regular diet comprised of well-balanced food that will ensure proper growth.
Kittens should be fed at least three to four times a day with lots of clean water always available for them. This regimen is to help provide the cat’s nutritional needs during its rapid growth spurt.
Between seven months to a year, you should be able to reduce your cat’s feeding times to just twice a day. Keep in mind that this is on an individual basis.
The amount that you would actually feed would depend on the level of activity and body condition of your cat.
Remember to always have your cat checked out by your vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions as to why your cat is too thin or too fat, otherwise you will have to switch to cat food for weight loss.
This is a guest article by a pet blogger and just a very kind person Amy Davis, here’s her bio:
|Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat, and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences on my blog UltimatePetHub.com|