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The Dos and Don’ts of Cat Feeding

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Cats are playful and adorable creatures that are fun to have around the house. While they can be fun, it can be stressful to make sure that they’re eating the right food in the right amounts regularly. To make life easier, here are the dos and don’ts of cat feeding. If you follow these tips, you’ll ensure that your cat stays happy and healthy throughout their lifetime.



Do: Feed the right cat food


Feed your cat a healthy diet that includes the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Make sure to vary the type of food you feed them so they don’t get bored. You can use dry food, wet food, or a combination of both. It’s best not to give too much wet food since it has more calories than dry food.



Do: Give your cat the right amount of food


As a general rule, cats should be fed twice a day, with smaller meals in the morning and larger ones at night. Aim to give your cat no more than one ounce per pound of body weight. For example, if your cat weighs 12 pounds, he or she should eat 24 ounces per day. To find out how many calories are in an ounce, divide 100 by the number of calories (you can find this information on pet food labels). The answer is 25 calories per ounce.



Do: Understand how much water your cat needs


Many factors contribute to a cat’s water intake, such as age, activity level, weight, and environment. For example, an older cat is less likely to drink enough water than a younger active cat. A good rule of thumb is one cup per day. This can vary depending on the season or your cat’s activity level. If you have more than one cat in your household or feed wet food, it may be necessary to increase the amount of water for each animal accordingly. In this case, measuring cups are best for measuring out the appropriate amounts. Remember to keep fresh clean water available at all times by installing multiple bowls throughout your house so that thirsty cats don’t have far to go for their next sip.

What about feeding schedules? Most cats prefer eating small meals often throughout the day rather than one large meal once a day. Schedule at least three meals per day but remember not to force-feed if they refuse something they usually eat.



Do: Let your cat eat in peace


It is important to respect your cat’s space when feeding. Cats are territorial by nature, so it is best to leave them alone while they eat. When you feed your cat, be sure to place the bowl on the floor near their food dish. The act of eating can be a vulnerable time for your cat, so you want them to feel safe while they do so. You also need to make sure there are no other animals or people in the room during this time as this can cause stress for your pet.

Don’t: Rush them: If you have more than one cat, wait until one has finished before giving any attention to another. You don’t want any cats fighting over the food because that could lead to hurt feelings and starvation later on.



Don’t: Forget to provide treats or wet food


Don’t forget to provide a treat or wet food for your cats every day. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need meat in their diet to stay healthy. Treats can be anything from pieces of chicken or small chunks of tuna to a biscuit with some canned cat food on it. Wet foods come in many flavors including beef, tuna, salmon, turkey, and more. Choosing the right flavor is important, because cats may not always want to eat the same thing twice in a row. However, if you do feed them the same thing two days in a row, don’t worry! They will usually eat it anyway!

Don’t: Give them too much water at once: Giving your kitty too much water at one time could lead to vomiting or diarrhea- never give them more than 1⁄4 cup at any given time!


Don’t: Overfeed


Feed your cat two to three times a day. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Don’t: Skip feeding: If you’re going away for a weekend or more, ask someone you trust to feed your cat at least once every 24 hours.

Don’t: Let wet food go bad: Keep it refrigerated until the use-by date and then freeze it in individual portions that are enough for one meal.



Don’t: Neglect dental hygiene

Cats need dental hygiene just as much as humans do, which is why you should brush their teeth at least once a week. To do this, use a toothbrush designed for pets (or your toothbrush), toothpaste made for cats, and mouthwash that’s safe for animals. Gently brush the outer edges of their teeth with the toothbrush, focusing on the front teeth where tartar tends to build up most often. Give them a treat after brushing so they associate it with something good!


Don’t: Force feed


If your cat refuses to eat or only eats very small amounts, it might be because they’re not feeling well or they have an illness. A vet visit will tell you whether they have an appetite problem and how best to help them eat more food.


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