Your cat is all that, and of course you’d love to keep him that way for another nine lives – or longer. Giving him a nutritious diet is the most pawsitive thing you can do, for a glossy coat, plenty of yarn-chasing, normal poo and overall great health. Me-wow!
Deciding what to feed Whiskers.
This will all depend on your cat’s:
Age & Life Stage
Keep kitty’s tummy from hissing by choosing a food that’s nutritionally-aimed at his age – Kitten, Adult or Senior will do.
Really fat cats and super skinny kitties need different healthy goodies, than cats who aren’t. So, get your paws on a food that suits Smokey’s needs, whether it’s for weight-control, maintenance or other.
If your clawed comrade has a medical condition like diabetes, allergies, cancer, or digestive difficulties, you’ll want to choose a food specified for his issue. Unsure? Get the long and short hair of it, from your vet.
Don’t scratch off that label – read it.
It’s always a good idea to read your kitty’s kibble label, with a cat’s eye on the following:
- The food should be complete and balanced for maintenance.
- The ingredients: It’s best to make sure some type of animal protein is the main or first ingredient. Think egg, chicken, chicken by-product meal, fish, lamb, poultry, poultry by-product, beef, and meat meal – all great sources of protein. After all, cats are carnivores. (Mew? Yes, you.) So, they need animal proteins and animal fats for a healthy digestive tract.
- Any foods with proteins that are hard to digest, such as cereal, soy, wheat and corn – scratch ’em. These mark the territory of a low-quality, dry food.
Wet or dry food? Mix it up.
Dry and wet foods each have their share of goodies for your peckish Persian, so it’s best to feed him a bit of both.
Dry food is famous for healthy teeth, as long as you bat any cheapo, cereal-based foods out of the trolley. A premium-quality cat food has the top-cat ingredients and is easy to digest. Great value, paws down.
Wet food (sachets/canned) adds a bit of variety to your cat’s picky palate, while allowing him to enjoy new, different textures (because even Japanese Bobtails like to get out a bit). Wet food may also come in handy for treating an illness during your cat’s eighth life or so.
Can’t decide on a menu? Just ask your vet.
How much food can a cat nip-nip?
In the wild, cats feast on several small, mice ala cart meals in a day – and many wannabe pet cats like to graze, as well. It’s not uncommon for pet-lovers to feed their kitties 1-2 wet meals (canned or sachet) per day, while leaving premium dry food for snacking.
For other cats, however, their bodies can’t keep up with their kibbles and bits, so measuring out their portions is important. Just use the package’s feeding instructions as your guide, and adjust the amount based on Simba’s weight gain or loss. If you have the time – of which your Burmese deserves every second, naturally – try dividing his food into several small meals over the day. Cats dig this.
The scoop on special diets.
Remember – if your furry friend has anything other than cat-scratch fever, including food allergies, kidney disease or lower urinary tract disease, he’ll probably need a special diet recommended by your vet. So, keep this on your Ragdoll-dar.
Good ol’ foods for senior cats.
It’s hard to imagine a cat slowing down for a milli-whisker, but many do, as they grow older. After the age of 11, your stalking Singapura will need more calories (Mew? Yes, you.). And the protein won’t be going down as well as it used to, so you’ll want to reduce that. Usually, the best nutritional plan for older cats involves a more energy-dense, highly digestable diet. To give your former tiger the right balance of healthy stuff he needs, try a premium food for Senior or Mature cats.
However…if you thought your Burmese was butting heads over food before, older cats are even better at it – especially if they have health problems. In this case, you may need to serve up energy-dense foods on a regular basis, to keep him in tip-top-cat shape. And be sure to take it easy on your oldie, with small meals that actually look appetising. Keep in mind our whiskered wonders don’t like cold food, though. So, if you can give him fresh meals from small cans/sachets, or keep the food out of the fridge for awhile before serving – purrfect.