A healthy, balanced diet is essential for your cat’s health. It’s not that we’re intentionally overfeeding our cats, it’s that our kitties, who are mostly indoors, are little couch potatoes now, and their nutritional needs are much lower. Although a pudgy kitty may look cute, obesity in cats is associated with diabetes, arthritis, urinary tract disease and fatty infiltration of the liver.
Cats need meat in their diets. This means they need food especially formulated for cats.
What and how much to feed become the important questions.
Dry cat foods are convenient for pet owners. They stay fresh, are economical and help clean your cat’s teeth. The chief concern is that cats on dry foods never consume enough water.
Canned cat food has increased moisture content, making it a good source of water. It also tastes good and there are a variety of flavors which is helpful if your cat is a finicky eater. It has been found that canned food is a valuable component in weight loss programs.
An average sized adult cat weighing nine pounds should consume about 240 kilocalories a day. That’s roughly a ½ cup of dry food or 1 to 1 ½ cans of canned per day.
A combination of canned and dry food is a wise way to feed your cat. Offer them canned food twice daily. Cats like to eat throughout the day so I suggest dry food be available in multiple small meals. Give them about twenty minutes at a feeding.
Feeding your cat properly will help them live a long, trim life.