3 mistakes to avoid while feeding your cat
For many people, cats are the perfect pet. Living with a cat is similar to living with a human roommate. Cats are easy to care for. You don’t have to run, bathe, or groom them like dogs.
However, cats are pretty special when it comes to food. If there is one thing you should do for your cat, make sure that you are feeding her food that meets her particular nutritional needs. This is important to ensure your furry buddy can maintain his energy levels, physical health, and healthy weight. Poor diet leads to shorter lifespan, decreased quality of life and more health problems.
Whether you have had your cat for years or are planning on adopting it, make sure to avoid the following mistakes while feeding your cat.
1. Feed your cat waste from your table
Many pet owners find that feeding their pet leftovers from the table is an easy solution to providing their pets with food. However, it is important to remember that, unlike dogs, cats have a narrow range of foods. While dogs can tolerate and even enjoy many of the foods that humans eat, many cats cannot. You probably won’t get all of the nutrients you need from your table trash.
A cat’s diet should prioritize protein. Too many low-quality carbohydrates can lead to health problems like weight gain and diabetes. Be careful not to feed your cat raw scraps of food such as raw turkey or chicken. Raw food can contain pathogens such as Salmonella, E. Coli, and even M. tuberculosis, which can cause tuberculosis in your cat.
2. Feed your cat dog food
Another common mistake, especially among dog and cat owners, is giving them the same food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs. Dog food and cat food have differences in the amino acids and vitamins available. Cats fed dog food often suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
It is best to buy cat-specific food for your cat. Check that the food you have purchased is safe for your cat. You can read reviews online, research various products, or speak to your veterinarian if you would like more information on a product.
3. Overfeeding your cat
According to a recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity, at least 60% of cats in America are obese. Nationwide insurance company claims that 20% of pet health problems reported in 2017 were related to obesity.
You can save your pet’s life and your wallet by giving your cat just the right amount of food. Read the grocery service recommendations to learn how much to serve your cat. Keep an eye on your cat to see if she is gaining weight. Increasing their level of activity can also help control their weight.
If you are unsure of what to feed your cat, speak to your veterinarian. Follow their recommendations to make sure your cat has a healthy and balanced diet.
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