Your cat’s diet directly impacts their overall health. Keep your cat strong and healthy by learning about proper cat nutrition.
Just like humans, a cat’s diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a cat to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes, and arthritis.
Although we think of our cats as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your cat at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you provide a diet tailored to your pet’s breed, age, weight, and medical history.
Common Foods to Avoid
Think twice about feeding your cat table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic could be dangerous to your cat. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to cats. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adult cats. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats typically switch to an adult diet right until they are about one year old to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions. Talk to your veterinarian about when to switch your cat’s diet.
Selecting an adult cat food that will keep your cat healthy and energetic starts with knowing your cat’s lifestyle. Talk to your veterinarian to help guide you in choosing the best food for your cat.
Your senior cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older cats can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for less activity. Check with your veterinarian about which food and what amount is best for your cat.
Every cat ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your cat’s needs.