feeding your adopted cat

Basic Nutrition For Feeding Your Adopted Cat

Congratulations you adopted a feline friend and now you wonder what you should be feeding your adopted cat. Today we talk about what to feed your cat, what to avoid so your furry fried will life a long healthy life.

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they must eat meat. So even if you are a veggie eater, you need to feed your cat what they need.

The digestive tract of cats is short so it is optimal for then to get protein from meat. They simply don’t have the dental or digestive apparatus to process plant materials.

It’s therefore surprising, given their physical inability to process plants, that you will still find cats nibbling on plants from time to time.

Why Do Cats Nibble on Plants

There are many theories for why cats would nibble plants. It may be an attempt to balance an upset digestion or they are trying to get missing vitamins and minerals. In some cases they like the taste. Cats are funny little creatures and one of mine would eat miniature pumpkins on Halloween.

Be Consistent When Feeding Your Adopted Cat

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Fortunately these days, we don’t have to go out and hunt for food to feed our cats. There are a large number of very good, nutritionally balanced foods available in pet stores to satisfy any cats’ tastes.

Try to feed good quality food. It really does make a difference in the health and appearance of your pet. Pick one that your cat likes and stick with it. Cats don’t actually need a lot of variety. Changing their food constantly tends to just make them picky eaters.

Cat Food Nutrition

Nutritional requirements for your pet will vary by age and size. What she needs as a kitten will be very different than what she will need as an adult.

Be sure to follow the instructions on the bag to avoid feeding too much or too little. The average adult cat will need about one cup of food a day. Cats appreciate consistency in their feeding schedules.

Try to feed them at the same time each day. Also, try to keep their bowls out of high traffic areas. It’s hard to eat your dinner when people are stepping on you!

What Not to Feed a Cat

Try not to feed your cat people food. Some things, such as chocolate and raw liver, are actually toxic to cats. Others cause digestive upset.  Remove the bones from any cooked meat you might want to give to your cat. Poultry and pork bones in particular are given to splintering and can injure your cat.

Switching Your Cats Diet

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When you need to switch from one type of food to the other, do so in a gradual process. Shifting gradually from one to the other over the course of a week will help prevent digestive upsets. You may need to switch foods because your store may stop carrying the brand you like or perhaps your kitten has grown old enough to graduate to adult food. Do the changeover slowly and your cat will thank you for it.

Treats for Cats

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Healthy Cats Treats

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Feeding treats is something for you to decide if you want to do it. Some people are dead set against them. Others lavish treats on their pets at every opportunity. There are many good cat treats on the market today. Read their directions carefully. You don’t want to overindulge your cat and turn her into a furry beach ball with legs.

What Do Cats Drink

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The only other thing that a cat requires is water. Do your best to keep a nice fresh supply of water available for your pet.

Concluding Feeding Your Adopted Cat

With a little thought and planning you can keep your feline friend healthy and happy for a long time to come.