Cat owners make a lot of mistakes when feeding their pets. These 5 tips may help them avoid mistakes.
Feeding the cat too much
The amount of food varies at different stages in the life of cats. The amount of food that cats eat during the day depends on their age health, activity level, etc. It’s a good idea to weigh your cat regularly. If your cat is losing weight, then you need to feed him more. If he is gaining weight you need to feed him less. A healthy, active 8-pound adult cat requires about 30 calories per pound a day. So the average 8-pound cat requires about 240 calories per day. As a rule dry food contains about 300 calories per cup, and canned food contains about 250 calories in each 6 oz can. It means that an 8-pound cat would need 4/5 of a cup of dry food or just less than a full 6-oz can of wet food per day. You can adjust the proportions based on whether your cat prefers more or less dry or wet food. Some cats may be.
Dry or wet cat food
Cats should be given balanced food which meets their nutritional requirements. In this case any food is okay – canned or dry. But It should be remembered that when feeding cats with dry food, they will need a much larger amount of fresh water to replenish the fluid in the body, i.e. they should drink approximately one cup of water for every ten pounds of body weight in a 24-hour period. Cats who eat canned food only need to consume one-third to one-half that amount of water. Dry food is suitable for animals that do not have problems with health and drink enough water. Canned food is better suited to meet the cats’ water needs.
Making cats vegetarians
Another mistake made when feeding cats is trying to make cats vegetarians. Vegetarian diets might be a healthy choice for people, but they’re a bad idea for cats. Unlike dogs and humans, cats need specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins that only come from meat. Cats are carnivores, meaning they must eat mainly meat and animal organs to thrive. The amino acid taurine, for example, is found only in animal tissue. Lack of taurine can lead a cat to heart problems, blindness, and even death.Their digestive system is designed to assimilate meat and gets the best nutrients from it. In general, it is recommended that 50% of the cat diet must contain protein and most of it must come from meat and its derivatives.
Consumption of liquid
Next to the bowl of food, fresh water should always be there. Some cats love to drink tap water. Cats that eat dry food usually drink a lot of water, cats on natural foods and canned food can not drink at all. Be sure to check the consumption of liquid – if the cat has started drinking more or stopped drinking at all, you should show it to the doctor. Although your cat may coexist beautifully in your home with your other cats, eating for a cat is a special time. Cats are solitary hunters and predators. They want to hunt and eat alone without other cats around. The feeding place should be clean, convenient to the cat, it should be at a distance from the cat’s toilet.
Foods your cat should never eat
There are some foods that are dangerous for cats. You should keep them out of their reach.
- Onions, garlic can cause damage to your cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia.
- Just like humans, consumption of raw eggs or raw meat can lead to salmonella
- Chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, high body temperature, muscle tremors, abnormal heart rhythm, abdominal discomfort, increased thirst.
- Milk should not be fed to cats as a treat or a substitute for water.Cats do not possess significant amounts of lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk. Feeding milk and milk-based products to cats can actually cause them to vomit or have diarrhea.
- Even a small amount of grapes and raisins can cause your cat to become ill — they can even lead to rapid development of kidney failure. Other signs that can appear within 24 hours include lethargy, diarrhea, reduced appetite, decreased urination and abdominal pain.