Cats need a healthy diet to thrive, have a beautiful coat and maintain a healthy immune system. Kittens, adult cats and seniors all have specific dietary needs. It is up to the cat’s owner to follow simple basic guidelines to ensure their furry feline friend has the best possible nutritional diet. It does not have to be expensive to provide your loyal pet with the best possible food. It is not time consuming to plan how many meals a day to offer your cat either. Ultimately your cat will give you the gift of companionship and love in return for your care.
The most important element of a healthy diet is water. Cats must have water available daily. It must be fresh, cool but not too cold, and fresh everyday. Some cats prefer running water or sink water. Other cats will try to find a source of water that is nowhere near their food supply. Milk is not a good idea as a liquid as it causes diarrhea and vomiting in many lactose intolerant cats. Wet cat foods contain up to 75 percent water in them.
Young kittens up to 4-6 weeks in age eat mush. After that they can begin on free choice feeding. They can eat 8-10 small meals a day. The adult cat can be left with food out all day as it can regulate its own eating. Some owners prefer to portion control. This is when you offer the cat food twice a day in a measured amount. Either way is fine for your pet. Senior cats have special diet needs. They need to have vitamins for their immune system, liquid and quality protein and moderate fat intake.
Cats need protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals and water. A good quality food has all of these things. Dry foods do not have liquid but is good because it can be left out, and it does not spoil. Protein is most important. It can be in the form of meat, poultry, dairy and eggs. Carbs are not needed in large amounts. Fats should come from animal sources. All cats need a meat-based diet. Treats can be offered, but they should not be given in large amounts or too often.
Your cat will be healthy and happy if you provide him with daily rations of quality food and fresh drinking water. Understanding your cat’s dietary needs will lead to higher quality of life for your cat.
If you live in Oklahoma City and ever have questions regarding diet or the health of your cat, then visit the animal hospital in Edmond – Family Pet Hospital. Our staff of 3 trusted vets will take great care of your pet and provide you with the necessary information you need to extend the life of your lovely friend.
Learn more about the Family Pet Hospital by going online to http://fpethospital.com/