Cats are animals that tend to be overweight; for this reason, you must keep in mind the quality of the food and the portions you serve. Here are some tips on how to feed your cat according to their needs and their age.
Cat food is formulated with high levels of essential proteins for proper growth, as well as high levels of magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, and phosphorus that will help them build strong, healthy bones and teeth.
The first decision you should make when you have a kitten (baby cat) is to pick between feeding them dry or wet food. Your cat will get used to the type of food you choose, and so you should refrain from switching it up on them.
Here is some vital information that you know about dry food:
– Diets that are based on dry food are easier to measure and have a longer shelf life once you open the food container.
-This type of diet will make your cat’s teeth stronger and will help to eliminate bacterial build up as they grow old.
– Small croquettes are easy to chew and swallow.
-It is easier for you to give an exact amount and do not overfeed
Here is some vital information that you know about wet food:
-Some kittens prefer the smell and texture of wet food, making their experience a bit better.
-It is practical as it comes in portions, which will make it easier for you to maintain your veterinarian’s recommended diet.
-Wet food’s texture means that your cat will also start to drink more fluids than normal.
An important fact is that cats are animals of customs, and establishing a daily routine in their diet will be much better than having different schedules every day. This routine can be achieved by feeding your kitten from a very young age, in the same place, and at the same time, so that they can get used to the feeding schedule you picked. Make sure that the location where you feed it is far from its sandbox and its gym (if you have one).
Try to choose a surface that is easy to clean and free of odors. Keep the bowl clean by wiping it before each meal. Cats are animals with high standards, and if you serve them food under dirty conditions, they will not eat. Some kittens prefer to eat on a flat plate or saucer; this means they are more likely to finish all of their food.
If you have more than one cat, try to keep their bowls away to avoid confrontations. As we mentioned earlier, cats are animals with a strong character, and you don’t need fights at home.
How to serve and store food?
When you go to feed a kitten, try to serve the wet food at room temperature, so its smell will be more attractive and much easier to digest. This means that you should take the food out of the refrigerator approximately 1 hour before serving it, or you should use the microwave to warm it up.
NOTE: Never feed your cat, hot food.
Do not leave wet food outside as it spoils quickly and can get filled with bacteria, which would affect your cat’s health. Once you open it, it should be consumed within the next 24 hours, even when it has been stored in the fridge.
Dry food, on the other hand, can instead be left out all day, and nothing will happen to it. Store it in a dry and clean environment. We recommend storing it in an airtight container or box that can be closed to maintain texture and taste.
How much should you give your cat?
Here are some tips on meal portions:
-Four meals a day is ideal once your kitten begins weaning. If you can’t feed it this number of times, three is good enough. However, you must remember that if you are not going to be home most of the day serving them, dry food is the best option. The reason is that dry food won’t get damaged should your cat not eat it right away!
-As they grow, you can decrease their diet to 3 times per day. Once your cat is 6 months old, you can feed them twice a day. It is important not to make sudden changes!
-Always read the instructions on the food label, but keep in mind that the label is just a guide. We also recommend that you take your kitten from a very young age to the vet. That way, the veterinarian can give you recommendations on the diet you wish to pursue.
NOTE: As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, cats usually suffer from obesity. For this reason, we recommend that you put them on an exercise plan as well. Buy them a gym or toys that promote physical activity. A balance between diet and exercise will improve their health in the long run.
Now, if you have a new cat and want them to grow healthy and strong, we invite you to follow the steps in this blog. Never forget to visit your trusted veterinarian. In Walkie Paws, we make your pet feel at home. We offer care services, boarding, walks to the park, and more. If you wish to learn more tips on how to care for your pets, we invite you to sign up for our blog!