Do’s and Dont’s in Feeding Your Cat

By  //  March 17, 2020

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When it comes to your pet, you might not always follow or even know the best ways to feed your pet. Many owners feed their pets like any other pet, or even feed them like humans and give them food not meant for them.

Cats are different from other animals and need the proper food care specific to them. 

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to feeding your feline friend.

Cat specific food

It is important to know that your cat has very specific needs and requirements when it comes to the nutrients they need in their food.

Even as they age, those requirements change from growing kittens to full adult cats. When it comes to feeding for your new friend, you should speak to breeders and vets that have extensive knowledge of the care for your pet. There are many brands and types of food, including wet and dry, that will be good for your cat.

Structure

When it comes to feeding and the food for your furry friend, understand that structure is key and organization is important. You want to make sure their food and water is in a place that is far from their litter box.

This is because cats are very clean creatures that truly take care of themselves. They don’t want to eat near where they do their business.

Keep their food separate and keep their anxiety levels down. In addition to where you feed your pet, you also want to keep in mind when you feed them. 

Cats need structure, and as independent as they seem, having them trained is very possible and in fact recommended. Setting up a time for when to feed them will help both you and them to get familiar with a routine.

Some advice of when to feed them is after they have played, letting them expend their energy and experience catching their prey, but before going to bed.

This will translate to them being satisfied, tired and ready for bed when you are and not up and about all night keeping you awake.

Not human

Cat’s are different from humans. You wouldn’t feed your children cat food so you should not be feeding them human food. Cats have a very different immune and digestive system and their food is made tailored specifically for them.

Feeding them your foods can be dangerous as many cats have restrictions on foods that won’t be digested properly or can be harmful to them.  

Some of these harmful foods to cats include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Onions and Garlic

Milk is also another food that adult cats should not be consuming, as cats are lactose-intolerant, giving them stomach and digestive problems. Giving them milk is permitted as kittens as they are unable to consume solid foods in their early and growing stages. But as soon as they are old enough, it is best to transition them away from milk.

If your cat developed a taste for milk, they may still consume it in very small amounts but if avoidable, should not be given to them. Monitor your pet’s reaction if you do give them milk and adjust accordingly.

Not dog

Dog food is another food you should not be giving to cats. Cats need certain nutrients in their foods in order to be healthy and active throughout their lives, and dog food has certain deficiencies when it comes to certain vitamin requirements for cats.

Be mindful when feeding your pets, especially when you live in a home with more than one furry friend under your roof.

Overfeeding

It is easy to get into the habit of feeding your pets treats, especially if they respond to food for good behavior. But you want to make sure you don’t get into this habit as that can create responses you don’t want to trigger in your pet.

You might cause pet aggression when it comes to feeding and their food.

When you own cats, they sometimes are passive and lazy, especially being cooped up indoors all day. Encourage exercise, but also make sure you take responsibility to not overfeed them and keep them in shape.

Do not disturb

Cats don’t want to be played with or picked up when eating. Make sure to give them their space while they are munching down. Face it, you wouldn’t want to be bothered while eating either.

Your pets are like you, they have different personalities and are not the same as others. Your cats are not going to behave all the same and many even have different tastes.

Take their preferences into consideration when feeding them as they can be quite communicative. Let them eat in peace, and they’ll be ready to give you their attention after.

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