Have you ever wondered if you’re doing enough for your cat’s diet? You may want to consider what small changes can be done to improve the overall diet and digestive health of your cat. Here are just a few simple things that you can add to or change about your cat’s meals.
The size and frequency of feedings
In a cat’s natural state, they hunt and eat multiple times a day. With a house cat, it can be an important factor to attempt to mimic this schedule by giving your cat small, more frequent meals. These changes should be decided on your cat’s specific needs, such as their weight, age, and activity.
Canned over kibble
Dry food is not able to meet the health and nutritional needs that cats require in their diet. Kibble is unsustainable due to the lack of animal protein and needed hydration, as well as too high in carbohydrate levels. Canned food is an overall better diet choice for your cat in the long run.
It is not as natural for cats to drink water, as they receive most of their hydration from animals that they hunt. Canned food rather than kibble adds additional hydration. Also adding in something such as a water foundation may encourage your cat to drink more, as they drink more often from moving water.
Avoid foods toxic to cats
Before you give your cat anything off your plate as a treat, make sure that you are aware of what foods may harm your pet. You should avoid giving your cat chocolate, caffeine, dairy products, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chives, and yeast dough.
These changes are just a few small steps you can take to ensure you are taking the best care of your cat with regard to their diet. If you have any questions personal to your cat, don’t be afraid to ask your vet!
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