Our four-legged companions mean the world to us, that’s why it’s important to take great care of them so they can live long, healthy lives. There are so many options when it comes to cat food, which can be confusing for pet owners. While choosing organic expensive food can feel like the way to go, it’s important to understand these basic tips and tricks to improving your cat’s diet.
Instead of kibble, try canned food for your cat’s diet
Kibble may seem like a great option when it comes to cat food, but in reality, it doesn’t contain all of the nutrients they need. Most kibble is lower in animal proteins, which cats need for a healthy diet, and extremely low in water which isn’t great for your pet. Instead of grabbing a bag of kibble at the store, you should check out the canned food. This food generally contains much more water and tends to be higher in animal proteins.
Pay attention to your cat’s weight
We’ve all seen cats of various sizes but finding the sweet spot when it comes to weight for your cat is key to them living a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to try and avoid obesity, which can be dangerous for a cat and possibly lead to many health problems. Try to avoid overfeeding your cat and make sure to consult a veterinarian if you think your cat’s diet could use some improving.
Water is key
Cats in the wild typically get water from their prey, but with canned food (and especially kibble), they may not be getting the right amount of hydration. Having fresh water readily available is important and encourages your cat to stay hydrated. Make sure to change the water often so it’s as fresh as possible for your furry friend.
Cats eat smaller meals throughout the day
In nature, cats eat smaller meals a few times throughout the day. By mirroring this diet and feeding small, repeated meals, you’re mimicking their natural habits and helping them maintain a healthy diet. While it may feel easier to leave food sitting out all day, be careful to watch and make sure your cat isn’t overeating.
Stay away from toxic foods
While these tips are some of the top tips to improving your cat’s diet, there are a few key foods the AVMA says you should avoid. Some of the foods to stay away from include chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, and avocados.
In addition to these tips and tricks, keeping food and water bowls clean and placing them away from litter boxes are also good ways to help your cat stay healthy. If you have questions about your cat’s diet you should make sure to consult your veterinarians. Veterinarians can also help you select food specific to your cat’s needs. When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, reach out to our team at the Bregman Veterinary Group. We’re here to help you take amazing care of your feline best friend!