These simple rules are very important for keeping your pet healthy. Keep in mind that cats are talented handlers, they are happy to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with you and with each member of your family, both together and separately.
As the animal grows, it becomes more or less part of the general diet, of course, if you don’t give the kitten dangerous food, but when the animal grows, this approach to diet will lead to obesity and related health problems. Therefore, from the moment a small kitten appears in your house, suppress the desire in you and your loved ones to treat your cat with something delicious each time you go to the kitchen, especially if it is delicious in the list of products categorically contraindicated for cats.
Yes, it is very difficult to resist a cat who looks at you with the appearance “I am very hungry and unhappy, give me what you eat”, but show willpower for the health of the cat itself.
In fact, these are the feeding rules that should be followed
- If your pet is healthy and not neutered, you feed it with dry food, then the best will be the so-called “free food”, just make sure there is always food in the bowl. Recommendations for feeding cats with ready-to-eat food can be found here. But for castrated animals, this approach is not suitable because it can lead to obesity. In case the animal is sterilized, it is necessary to measure the daily standard of food and divide it into three parts and give the cat food three times a day accordingly.
- Kittens from 3 months to one year old, pregnant and lactating kittens must be fed up to 5 times a day. Adult animals are fed 2 to 3 times a day. The number of meals and the size of the food must correspond to the age and health of the animal.
- If the cat is healthy and its diet is properly selected and well balanced, the animal eats exactly as much food as it needs at a time. Food should be given at a rate of 30 to 60 g per 1 kg of animal weight.
- The food should be at room temperature. Do not give cats frozen food or food directly from the refrigerator.
- The food is prepared and fed in crushed form, if it is a natural food. Recommendations for the diet and the mixture recipe for natural food can be found here.
- Cat food is given at the same time in a strictly designated place in a clean container.
- Cats eat cat food. The food on your cat table is not only inappropriate, it is harmful to them.
- Leftover food is removed 30 minutes after the cat has eaten, again it is natural food. Dry food can be left.
- The amount of liquid an animal eats dry food drinks should be three times the amount of food it consumes. If a cat eats natural food or wet food, the amount of water it drinks should be 20 to 30 ml per 1 kg of cat weight, since natural food and wet food contain liquid.
- Water for the cat must be available at all times. Choose a large bowl of water for the cat’s mustache to enter. When the mustache touches the edges of the cat’s bowl, it becomes nervous. If the cat drinks little, change the bowl to a larger bowl, move it away from the tray and the food bowl. Some cats like to drink running water, others prefer to get up. It is not uncommon for cats to drink water from large flower pots and ignore their bowl of water. Watch your pet, cats are very intelligent, so it is likely that your cat has found a source of water that suits him perfectly.
- Feed your cat natural food or ready-to-use dry or wet food. There is an opinion that it is impossible to mix with each other. Unfortunately, there is no research to confirm or refute it.
- If an animal vomits undigested food a few minutes after eating, it is a sign of overeating. The amount of food should be reduced. However, be careful, this can sometimes be a sign of an infectious disease. If there are other alarming symptoms described in the article “How to determine if a cat is sick”, or if the reduction in the amount of food has not helped, immediately show your cat to a veterinarian!