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10 Tips For Feeding Your Feline
Posted on : 07/13/2015 02:04:15 PM

To keep her healthy and energetic, it’s critical to feed your adult cat the right balance of nutritious food. The quantity of food your cat needs is based on her size and energy output.


1. Taurine

All cats must have taurine, an amino acid critical to healthy heart function. Most mammals have the ability to synthesize taurine from other amino acids, but cats cannot. Taurine is only found in animal-based protein, so your cat needs a diet containing meat to fulfill her nutritional requirements.

2. Protein

Just as eggs are healthy for humans, they’re also great for cats because they’re rich in protein. Scrambled or hard-boiled, eggs make an excellent, nutritious treat for your kitty.

3. Coping With Temperature Changes

Coping with extremely hot or cold weather can increase your cat’s energy needs. Check with your veterinarian to see if he recommends increasing your pet’s diet to adjust for changes in temperatures.

4. Feed Twice Daily

Generally, cats should be fed twice per day, with controlled portion sizes. The easiest way to do this is to halve the amount suggested on the pet food label, giving half to your cat in the morning, and the second half in the evening.

5. Encourage A Speedy Recovery

If your cat is recovering from an illness or injury, she may have higher than normal nutritional requirements to fight infection and heal. Talk with your vet about adjusting her diet until she fully recovers.

6. Plenty Of Water

Your cat needs easy access to fresh, clean, cool water - and her water bowls should be cleaned every day.

7. Give Treats Sparingly

We all enjoy giving treats to our cats, but it’s important to do so in moderation. Treats should comprise no more than five percent of her diet.

8. On The Show Circuit

Your cat’s energy requirements can easily increase by 20 percent while on the show circuit. It’s particularly important to ensure that she is getting sufficient energy from her food, since any nutritional deficiencies may be reflected in her coat quality.

9. Don’t Overfeed

Obesity is the most frequently seen nutritional disease in cats. The condition is associated with numerous health issues, including diabetes, arthritis, and urinary tract disease. Generally speaking, adult cats need between 25 and 35 calories per day, per pound, to maintain a normal, healthy weight.

10. Avoid Milk. Surprised?

Cats might like milk, but it isn’t good for them. Cats don’t have much lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose in milk. Giving them dairy products frequently leads to vomiting and diarrhea.

Keep your adult cat healthy, energetic, and happy with a nutritious, balanced diet.


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