Adopting a cat would often demand a lot of attention and care. You’ll sometimes be asking yourself questions such as do I give my cat a bath?, what type of vitamins do cats take?, what do cats eat?… and a whole bunch of other questions that any new cat owner would ask.
The main focus of course is about your cat’s nutrition.
So what on earth do cats eat?
It’s true that they feed on mice but you wouldn’t want to go on a witch hunt and stake out a pile of rats for your Kitty. They’re still pests and you wouldn’t want them stocked up anywhere in your house.
Gone are the days when cats feed on the wild, gobbling on carcasses of their prey and devouring raw meat and bones and even gorging on organs and tissues of their kill.
Cats have evolved and have become somewhat civilized when it comes to their diet. Whew… that’s a relief! You wouldn’t want to see flies hovering on animal remains in your backyard with Kitty chomping on it would you?
So what’s their daily food nutrition?
Is there some sort of recipe you need to follow and a nutrition guide you need as basis from?
First things first, visit or call your local veterinarian for pointers. It’s always best to talk to an expert before you even spice up a gourmet for your furry friend.
There are certain cat foods that are acceptable depending on your cat’s life stage, weight and health condition.
You see, your cat’s dietary requirement will also change the state of his health and his body condition. Your vet can give you a food guide and a nutrition table. From there, you can also discuss with your vet on the type of food ingredients you can prepare for your cat.
The vet can also give you advice on how much to feed your cat and how often per day and what type of fluids you can give your cat. It’s important not to overfeed or underfeed your feline friend.
Whether you give him natural or commercial food, you must always think of variety and freshness. Just remember to never ever give him stale food as this could give him a very upset tummy.
Whatever you feed your cat should always be fresh and preferably just out from the can or from the grocer.
Natural food can be of any meat such as raw lamb, raw chicken and raw meaty bones but nothing processed or cooked, then frozen.
Do not give him sausages, or sausage meat or cooked deli as they may contain sulphites – which can be fatal for your cat.
Raw meaty bones will give him significant health benefits as it helps keep his teeth and gums healthy.
However, too much of raw meaty bones could also lead to constipation. So, less than 2 meaty bones are alright for a week’s diet.
Also, make sure that the bones are not cut into tiny pieces because when swallowed, it could also choke your cat.
Fish – now here is a cat delicacy that should, of course, be part of Kitty’s food shopping list. Sardines, tuna, salmon, the list goes on but just give fish as a treat and not an everyday meal.
If you do decide to feed your cat with commercial or canned food, stay onhigh quality or known brands of cat food because low quality canned foods could contain fillers that could harm your cat’s diet.
You must also note that there are certain foods that should not be fed to your cat.
These are onions, chocolate, fruits such as grapes, raisings, avocado, and nuts and of course, dog and human food (which are generally the cooked ones).
Milk is also a no-no because it can give your cat diarrhoea or an upset tummy but there are kittens that can be given milk. It’s best to check with your vet first before giving your cat milk.
Make sure you note these pointers down to avoid any untoward medical visit in the future. Once you have settled upon a list, make sure you prepare a week’s worth of daily nutrition for your cat and follow it to the litter, I mean letter.
Whether you decide to feed your cat fresh or canned food or even before you ask yourself – what do cats eat and create a checklist of possible cat food, make sure you check with your veterinarian first. Else, you can always check with the cat – their picky nature can give you a hint too!
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