When you’re responsible for taking care of a cat, then its diet is an important consideration. If your cat keeps throwing up, is gaining too much weight, losing weight unhealthily or shedding lots of fur, then the culprit could be what you’re feeding them.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the issues around a healthy diet for your cat to make sure you can feel confident you’re giving them the best care possible, as well as what to feed a cat with diarrhea and vomiting.
The Right Food for Their Age
Cats have different nutritional needs at different stages in their life. Kitten food doesn’t provide everything an adult cat needs, and senior years food isn’t appropriate for a kitten and so on. To make sure you’re supporting your cat’s health in the best way possible you need to be providing the right food for their age group – but also, you need to know when your cat moves between age groups.
If you’re not sure of the difference between a kitten and a cat, or when your cat will be going through this change in life stage, your vet can help!
Wet or Dry?
One of the big choices you have to make is whether you’re going to feed your cat on wet food, dry food or a mix.
Ultimately the answer comes down to preference – yours and your cat’s! If you can, see what your cat likes most. It can be stressful to put dinner or breakfast for a cat only to have it refused, as you worry about them getting all the nutrition they need.
Many cats prefer a mix – wet food at mealtimes with kibble to snack on throughout the day. If this sounds like your cat, then make sure you adjust the quantities to make sure you’re not overfeeding them!
Whatever you’re feeding your cat on, you need to look for assurance that it is nutritionally complete. That is, that it contains all of the nutrients your cat needs to be happy and healthy. If you’re not feeding your cat on nutritionally complete food you risk vitamin deficiencies and the attendant health problems, or you’ll need to give your cat supplements on a regular basis – something that’s convenient for neither you nor your cat.
If your cat is suffering an upset stomach then you might need to change how you feed them until they’re recovered, as it’s not healthy for cats to go without food. You need to find food that’s easy for them to digest and hold down – many owners opt for boiled chicken and rice. It’s not an ideal diet for every day, but for a short time while they’re ill, it’ll help keep them full and nourished.