Sharing is caring, but this could be lethal sometimes, especially when it comes to your loving cat. Your cat needs a different diet than you, owing to the very apparent difference in biology. As it’s an animal, there are some foods which can deface their health. Now, the question arises what diet or what food is the best for your cat?
The right ‘amount’ of food given to a cat also plays a crucial part in your cat’s diet and nutrition. Food provided to the cat should depend on factors such as age, weight, and your cat’s behaviour. The food given to the cat further depends on its growing stages; as a kitten (newborn), its mother’s milk and liquid diet are efficient, but as the cat grows old, the nourishment supplies should gradually increase.
Regular Human food
This might be astonishing, but yes, you can give human food to your cat, but only in limited options and quantity. As the cat is a carnivorous animal, it needs the right amount of protein, amino acid, fatty acid, vitamins, minerals, and water. This can be summed up as boiled meat and fish, milk, yoghurt, mash vegetables, the mixture of these foods, rice and cooked chicken, etc.
Let’s look into the food that is devastating for your cat.
- Chocolates- Chocolates contain few chemicals which may lead to a cat falling sick in ways such as fever and vomiting
- Garlic and Onion- This can potentially cause amnesia in your cat
- Raw meat- Uncooked meat contain dangerous elements, like worms or parasites, that can lead to your cat falling seriously ill
What is canned cat food?
Food especially curetted for your favourite food’s taste buds and nutrition is packed in cans after going through an elaborate process of adding preservatives.
How to buy the proper cat food?
As we have discussed above, a balanced diet while buying cat food is a primary goal, and you need to have an eye on all elements such as proteins, calcium, fatty acids, etc. You need to study the can for stated ingredients before making the purchase.
There are two variants in canned cat food: Wet canned cat food and dry, canned cat food. Dry, canned cat food is cheaper than wet canned cat food. Choosing one depends on your cat and you. As cats need a lot of care in their food, you must study your cat’s characteristics while buying one. You purchase canned cat food online or in-store.
Here are some tips to keep your cat healthy
Considering broadly, diet trends are similar in the animal kingdom, yet distinct concerning particular needs. Here are some tips that might guide you and help you choose the ‘purr’-fect food for your Meow-buddy next time-
We humans need the right amount of food in the correct quantity, the same as with cats. Your cat must have all the nutrients required; for this, you need to pay attention to your cat, such as its fur, behaviour, how often it falls sick, and other factors
Careful with homemade food–
You can also give your homemade cat food but be cautious with the quantity of the food. And picture out the nutrients the food you are providing to your cat
The correct quantity-
Giving the right amount of food to your cat is essential according to age. As an adult (1-7 years), your cat needs more nutrients as it is pretty active and its metabolism is fast. Feed the right amount of food according to your cat’s behaviour and weight, as well
Avoid Toxic food-
Your cat may eat some of the toxic food, which can prove lethal. Hence keep such kinds of food out of its reach as your cat’s health should be your prime motive
We all want what is best for our fur babies. Besides keeping the above in mind, regular visits to the Vet are essential, and consultations are highly recommended before making any sudden dietary changes. If you see your cat acting weird, do not self-medicate with medicines, supplements, or nutritional changes but immediately consult a veterinary doctor.