June 16, 2021

Purring Along: 7 Healthy Cat Diet Tips

by Miss Lil Kitty 

 

Cats come from a long lineage of mystery and myth. One suggests that they live 9 lives.

Based on data, you can celebrate about 14-20 birthdays with your favorite feline friend. Some housecats have even exceeded 30!

But, to get the fullest extent of each life granted to them, you must feed your furry friend a healthy cat diet. Read on for 7 tips for doing so!

  1. Balance

Like humans, cats need a balanced diet to live. Their bodies require protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals to function properly.

Read the labels before purchasing your cat’s food. Make sure that the food you buy does not leave out anything important.

Even if you get a good brand, find a second. No two food products will contain the same things. 

Rotate the meals as well. You might even make a schedule that determines when they get their chicken, fish, and beef to make sure that they do not constantly eat the same nutrients while missing others.

  1. Skip the Kibble

Kibble tempts fur parents all the time with convenience and low costs. But, pay the extra money and take an extra minute or two to clean the mess made by wet food with your veterinary cleaning products.

Cats do need carbs, but at a much lower percentage than humans. These carnivores absolutely need more protein to lead long lives.

Kibble costs less because it contains more carbohydrates and less meat. This makes it high in carbohydrates but low in protein and fat. 

  1. Home Cooked Food?

Some pet owners opt to make their own food in place of kibble or dry food. This saves money and allows you to give them a wider variety of nutrients. Plus, fresh, whole foods provide the most nutrition.

Taking control of your cat’s diet plan can be the best thing for them. But, only if you understand what your cat needs and how to get it to them.

  1. Transition Their Nutrition

Your little fur friend will not always eat the same things. As a kitten, they need extra fat, protein, phosphorus, and calcium in their diets to fuel growth and brain development.

Changing their diet prevents them from getting overweight as an adult. Senior cats again need a boost in protein. 

  1. Avoid Toxins

Some foods humans love can kill a cat. Do not feed your kitty the following:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol & caffeine
  • Onions & garlic
  • Grapes & raisins

Your curious cat might eat non-food items, too. They enjoy chewing leaves, so keep poisonous house plants, like poinsettia, away. 

  1. Watch Their Weight

While fat carts may look adorbs, this can also put undue stress on their organs, shortening their life spans. Not sure how to put your cat on a diet?

Feed them a measured amount as directed by the vet. Avoid giving them table scraps. Keep high-calorie treats to a minimum.

  1. Hydration

All living creatures need water to live. Your cat’s water needs vary based on size.

Spills and evaporation can make measuring difficult. Always keep a bowl filled with fresh water accessible to them.

A Healthy Cat Diet = Nine Long Lives

Help your kitty live out all 9 lives to the fullest with a healthy cat diet. Balancing their meals and watching what they consume will make a huge difference in their quality of life.

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