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What should you feed your cat

I'll take that taste test now
I'll take that taste test now
Karla Kirby

Cats are first and foremost classic carnivores. That's the most important thing to keep in mind when mulling over what to feed your feline. When it comes to nutrition, felines are extremely nonflexible, and all owners must be fully aware of that. Cats need to eat plenty of meat for protein and also for fat.

If we ate like cats we'd have heart disease by our twenty-first birthday. They are not at all like humans or even dogs when it comes to nutrition.

Dog food can be fatal to cats over time because it doesn't come close to meeting their nutritional needs and it's often full of carbohydrates, which cats cannot process very well.

Cats develop severe obesity problems from consuming carbohydrates, which can lead to diabetes; a cat’s system is simply not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided altogether.

When choosing a cat food, make sure that the label says it meets the standards set by the AAFCO. That ensures that the food meets at least the minimum nutritional needs of your feline.

You can ignore terms such as premium, gourmet, or even natural.

You may want to ask your veterinarian about what kind of food they recommend for your cat.

Once you've made your selection, let your cat do a taste test. If your cat likes the food and doesn't have any gastrointestinal upsets subsequently, you've chosen well.

However, if your cat doesn't like the food, you need to be ready to offer options. Cats often will go on hunger strikes rather than eat something they can’t stand; these strikes can be long and therefore dangerous.

A cat that won't eat can suffer from liver failure and get mortally ill. Don’t be stubborn or controlling and wait it out--it may become too late for repairs.

If you do need to switch from one food to another, introduce the new food slowly, in diminutive amounts over a week. This helps stop your cat from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty's stomach.

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