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Proper Feeding of Cat Food

Cat food and cat toy are probably the biggest expenditure for most cat owners. Choosing the right cat food is important as is proper feeding of your cat. Overfed house cats can be obese. Obese house cats can have serious health problems such as shorter life span, arthritis, heart and respiratory problems. To determine whether your house cat is obese, run your finger lightly over its flank, if you cannot feel his ribs or backbone, you might want to consider cutting down on the cat food. Although it will be difficult to ignore its plaintive cries for cat food, it is best to put your house cat on a diet if it is obese. To prevent your house cat from being obese in the first place, feed it properly. Here are some pointers for feeding your house cats.

Use Cat Food Feeding Recommendation As A Guide Only

You should know your house cat better. Pet cat food packages will often recommend how much to feed your house cat. However, this is a generic guide. You need to consider your house cat's age, size and daily activity level. Watch your house cat carefully and adjust the amount you feed. If your house cat gains weight, reduce the feeding amount. If your house cat is always hungry, increase the cat food by a small amount but be carefully not to overfeed.

Do not leave cat food out for your house cat all day long. This will tempt your house cat to overeat. Do provide fresh water out so that your pet may drink whenever he or she likes. Establish a regular feeding schedule and stick to it. Kittens should be fed several times a day. Decrease the number of meals as they get older. Growing kittens have different needs. Use specially formulated cat food feeds for the right age group. Adults house cats need only be fed once or twice a day.

A well-balanced diet is important for a healthy house cat. Most commercial cat foods sold in pet stores are good. If you buy from supermarkets, be sure to check the content as not all cat food are equally nutritious. If in doubt, consult your vet. You should supplement your house cat diet with dry food and kibble. It is the least expensive and most convenient cat food. More importantly it helps to keep teeth and gums healthy. If you have a finicky eater, you can mix a small amount of it's favorite cat diet food with the dry cat food to make it more appealing.

The Importance of Adequate Exercise For House Cats

Exercise is important for the indoor house cat. Otherwise, it will be easy to get obese. Take your house cat outdoor for some exercise every now and then. Cater time for playing indoor as well. Provide new toys for self-entertainment. More importantly, spend some time to play with your house cat.

Do Not Feed Your House Cat Table Scraps

Table scrap from human food is not formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your house cat. It will often be too greasy or rich. Your house cat may also refuse to eat regular cat food once it has developed a taste for human food. Trust me, you do not want your house cat to eye your dinner. It is also not recommended to make your own house cat diet. It is hard to provide the proper nutritional requirements for your house cat. It is better to leave that up to the cat food companies.

Avoid Excessive Cat Treats

Cat food treats are often made flavorful. Meaning that it is salty and fatty. Taken in large quantity, they can make your house cat fat.

Do Not Feed Dog Food to House Cat

Dog food are more easily available but cats and dogs have very different nutritional requirements. Your house cat may loves dog food but do not substitute it for cat food. And do remember to keep dog food out of reach.

Do Not Feed Bones to House Cats

Most people think fish is a cat's favorite cat food. However, fish bones can potentially cause serious problems such as intestinal blockages, internal wound, choking and vomiting. Just as you do not feed bones to small children, leave fish bones out of your cat's dish. Likewise for chicken bones.

Changing Diet

Change of cat food and sudden diet changes can cause diarrhea for house cats. So change your house cat's diet or cat food brand gradually over a few days. Start by mixing in a small portion of the new diet and gradually increase the proportion each day.

House Cat With Special Needs.

Some older house cats require special diet. The obese ones will need a low-calorie cat food diet. Some house cats are also allergic to certain foods. Consult your vet if your house cat have special needs.

Watch Out for Sudden Weight Gain or Loss

If you think you are feeding your house cat properly but it gains weight or loses weight, consult with your vet. There may be some other underlying ailments.

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