Cats are creatures of habit. They must therefore be fed regularly. Some tips about which foods you can give your cat and the place and the way you best feed your cat.
The diet of your adult cat
When your cat is an adult at the age of 12 months it is time for a regular feeding routine. For an optimal physical condition, your cat’s diet must contain the right balance of the six most important nutritional elements: proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and water. All complete, high-quality animal nutrition must offer your pet this basic balance.
Thanks to advances in pet food, a wide range of cat food is commercially available. Each species has been specially developed to meet the specific needs of each cat. For example, if your cat is usually indoors, a special formula for indoor cats may be good. This formula contains many indigestible fibers that facilitate the passage of hair into the digestive system and thus prevents the formation of hairballs. Fewer active cats need fewer fats. A “low-fat” formula can therefore help to maintain a good weight.
Cats can develop sensitivity to certain food groups. Then your vet can recommend an alternative formula.
If the circumstances in which your cat develops do not change very much, there is no reason to change his diet from the first days that he is an adult to the end of his seventh year of life. From then on, it is recommended to give him special food for senior cats.
What food do you give your cat?
You can give your cat wet or dry food, or a combination of the two. Some cats prefer to eat wet food in the morning. They then give their owners chunks during the day. Unlike many dogs, cats enjoy chewing dry food. So make sure that it stays nicely crispy.
If you choose dry food, your cat will chew longer and eat more slowly. He will drink more water and will return regularly to eat instead of eating everything at once. Dry food can stay in the open all day without getting bad. So you can leave the kibble in your cat’s bowl and he will come and eat when he feels like it.
However, if you give him moist food, he will go back and forth less, but rather eat everything at once and drink less. Give him his food at room temperature so that he can taste and smell everything well. A can of food that has already been opened can become warm after two hours after you take it out of the refrigerator. In general, make sure that your cat’s food is not too hot or too cold. Do not keep a package of wet food open for longer than 24 hours.
Fresh water and no milk
Ensure that your cat can always drink fresh water, but do not give him cow’s milk. Contrary to what is often thought, cow’s milk is not good for cats, because most weaned kittens lose their ability to digest lactose. Only give him specially prepared milk for cats. Milk is a food and not a drink. If you want to give your pet milk for cats, you must reduce the amount of solid food you give him.
Read more about cat behaviors :
Unlike dogs, which can adapt perfectly to a vegetarian diet, cats that do not eat meat or fish develop blindness and other debilitating diseases that eventually cause them to die. Cats are carnivores. That means they have to eat meat or fish to survive!
Extras and things to nibble on
Giving a pet the remains of a supper or feeding a piece by hand can be seen as a gesture of affection. Nevertheless, food does not contain certain essential nutrients that your cat needs. You therefore run the risk of overfeeding him or disturbing his nutritional balance.
In general, the supplementary foods that are offered on the market are much more suitable. They are carefully prepared to have taste and to supplement the meals without disturbing the nutritional balance. If you give your cat something extra, don’t forget to subtract that amount of calories from its main meal. Respect the manufacturer’s instructions.
Follow the instructions on the back of the package but remember that they are for information only. Every cat is an individual case. The most important thing is to ensure that it stays in good shape and health. Click here for more information about how to monitor the physical condition of your cat.
When and how to feed your cat?
If we had cats done, we would have to give them 13 to 16 small meals a day, each with an amount of calories like that for a mouse. This would of course be uncomfortable for the owners. Dry food can remain in the open air for several hours, but canned food should never dry out in the cat’s food bowl. Cats are creatures of habit, so it is best to feed regularly in the same place and at the same time and in a place away from where you take your own meals.
Choose a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Feed your cat on an easy to clean surface such as linoleum or a carpet. Place his bowl far from the litter box. If you have two cats, it is recommended to put their bowls at a good distance from each other to avoid confrontation and fighting.
Give it fresh water in a large metal or ceramic bowl. This promotes good kidney function and reduces the risk of cat diseases on the lower urinary tract. Some cats prefer to leave their water bowl in front of a leaking tap, a puddle in the garden or even the toilet! (This is a habit that you must unlearn them quickly. In addition to the risk of falling, chemicals from cleaning products can be toxic to cats.)
Cats have a different digestive system than we do. Their digestion is easily disturbed by a change in diet, whether it is the transition from canned food to chunks or a change in nutritional brand. Every transition must happen gradually. The amount of new food should be gradually increased for 7 to 10 days so that your cat can adjust. But do not worry if your cat suffers from a disturbed digestion in the beginning. This is very normal.
Overweight cats are more likely to develop diabetes, heart and respiratory problems, bladder stones and arthritis.
If your cat’s weight is starting to worry, try a special “low-fat” product. Low-fat cat food contains few fats and contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals so that you can reduce calories without having to reduce portions or nutrients. Low-fat food not only ensures that overweight cats regain their normal weight, less active cats also remain in good physical condition.