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Feeding Your Cat; Something to Think About

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

The following tips are not intended to take the place of the advice of medical professionals and nutritionists, nor are our snacks or feeding regimen a substitute for any meal plan you devise for your cat family. Instead, they are tips to make you aware of some eating issues that may cause problems for your cats and kittens.

Food for cats is, of course, one of its most important needs, and for indoor cats, it has to be provided by you, its owner.

In fact, I think everyone agrees this is the number one need of your little four-legged friend. Not only that, the kind of food you feed her also reflects the nutritional contents of the food intake.

Three of “The Boys” in our household are mostly 12 (one will be 12 this coming March), and for at least 10 of those 12 years, not one scrap of “people food or drink” passed their little lips.

‘Tis a pity that changed somehow because now when it’s time to fix their meals, it’s a bit like feeding “baby birds;” you turn around from the counter and there are all (we have four) these little faces with open mouths looking up at you.

It is important to feed your pet with the most nutritious food so she’ll stay free from illness. There are guidelines to remember to help keep her from sickness, such as giving your cat a balanced diet as much as possible and making sure there is plenty of drinking water.

What then are those other reminders? Those tips that let you overcome incorrectly feeding your cat?

• Avoid giving your cat meals that have By-products,” like “meat and/or bone meal,” “animal digest,” and most other descriptors with “digest” or “meal,” and any added sugars. These won’t be good for your cat, and will be of no use in its daily growth/maintenance either. (There goes the ice cream, I suppose.)
• Do not give food that includes corn meal as filler.
• Avoid meals that contain almost 50 percent of carbohydrate fillers. And
• Food with too much preservative is highly-discouraged.

Make note of these tips because if you get stumped as to what to buy for your cat, you could end up running the risk of giving the wrong food.

What then could be good for cats?

Do always keep in mind as much as possible the basic nutritional needs of your cat. Which can include:

* Protein from a meat, fish, or poultry source
* Taurine, an essential amino acid
* Certain other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids
and of course
* Water

Does your cat need carbohydrates?

Well, she does not need it as much as you do; your cat could not get away from carbohydrates fillers especially in canned cat food, and you want to ensure her food does not reach or exceed 50 percent of fillers.

Another big tip is to feed your cat a variety of food from time to time; cats can get easily bored if they eat the same food all the time. The trick, of course, is to find a healthy balance with a reasonable amount of variety.

A good barometer of this is to take a look at our “cat pantry.” It makes the shelves in the pet store look puny!

So these are some of the bits and pieces to keep in mind when it comes to “feeding your cat healthy food.” These important tips pertain to the right food for your cat. On the other hand, like people, each cat’s likes and dislikes are often different, too.

As a result, the flavors yours like will be considerably different from what ours spend hours in the food line for.

Yours in helping your feline friends grow “long and tall,”

otbs-sig-karen

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