Feeding cats shouldn’t be complicated but as owners and caregivers we often struggle with adjusting our cat’s feeding schedule and diet. What works for a kitten may not work for the adult cat and what we try for the group may not work for each individual. Success depends on treating and feeding cats like cats.
- Cats are obligate carnivores. They require an animal protein based diet to thrive.
- We would rather your cat eat canned food instead of kibble. Natural prey is mostly water, high protein, and low in carbohydrates. Canned food is also mostly water, high protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Ideal canned food has less than 10% carbohydrates and greater than 40% protein. Individual varieties or flavors of the same brand can vary significantly in composition. Use this chart to help you make good choices.
- Cats should be required to work for their food. Hunting burns calories, stimulates the mind and provides exercise. Food puzzles like the NoBowl system is a great way to mimic the thrill of the hunt for your cat. Get creative here and have fun challenging your cat (look on Pinterest for DIY feeding puzzles).
- Introduce variety into your kitten’s diet. Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplementation, treats for administering medication and diets with various textures and flavors can be offered to help keep kitty from becoming a finicky adult.
- Diet can be used as adjunctive treatment of diabetes, kidney disease, urinary tract disease or interstitial cystitis, arthritis, obesity and other inflammatory conditions of the skin and GI tract.
We are happy to answer your questions or provide additional information.
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