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Changing your cat’s diet

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Karla Kirby

When a feline is a year old he/she no longer requires the high levels of minerals, protein, and energy once needed as a rapidly growing kitten. At this stage of life, it is time to switch to a high-quality food that is exclusively balanced for the nutritional needs of adult cats. When selecting food, follow these steps.

Study the nutritional claims on cat food packages. Verify the label to make sure the food is fitting for the stage of your cat's life, be it kitten, adult or senior. Also, look for a declaration stating that the food meets the requirements of the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If your feline’s food doesn't have the AAFCOs nutritional claim on its label, there is no guarantee that he will get a complete and balanced diet.

Decide on premium food. Premium cat foods, which by and large use higher-quality and more easily digestible components, are more nutrient-dense than the less expensive brands. That means your feline will get the calories se/he needs by eating less food. As a consequence, the difference in actual cost of feeding kitty premium food instead of generic may be only a few cents a day.

Confer with your veterinarian. Since your cat's nutritional needs change as she/he grows older and certain medical conditions entail a special diet, always talk with your veterinarian about cat-feeding specifics, including not only what, but how much to feed your cat. Once you've selected a food, institute healthy feeding habits.

Always gauge the food you feed your cat. Begin with the portion recommended on the package, even if the serving size may not be superlative to keep your cat healthy. If she/he doesn't eat all of the food or begins to gain too much weight, reduce the portions; if she/he begins to look thin, enlarge the amount until kitty’s maintaining a healthy weight.

Form a cat feeding schedule. Nutritionally, one meal a day is fine for adult cats. If your cat seems hungry more often, try many smaller meals at established times. Don’t forget, more mealtimes should not mean more food. Divide the recommended serving size to generate several meals.

Try free-feeding for fit and trim cats. Leaving dry food accessible all day so your cat can munch on whenever he/she desires will work if kitty is at a healthy weight. If your cat is overweight, overeats or you can't figure out how much he/she is eating because other cats share his/her food, it's better not to leave food out.

Veto table scraps and put strict boundaries on treats. They are both thigh in calories and fat and they also can interfere with the accurate and absolute nutrition your cat is getting from his/her food.

Introduce new food slowly but surely. Whenever you want to start your cat on a new food, mix it in with the old. Start with a tiny amount of new food and increase the percentage over the next few days. Cats are more likely to agree to change if it happens bit by bit, and their digestive systems are less likely to be distressed.

Keep nice, fresh water in a very clean bowl accessible at all times. Cats need water to digest their food, help regulate their body temperature, and eliminate waste, amongst other things. Providing ample fresh water is particularly important if your cat only eats dry food or is inclined to urinary tract blockages.

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