Nutrition is essential for the good health and long life of every creature. Cats are not an exception. Young cats are especially pliable to nutritional imbalances and feeding errors. The feeding habits of the cat established after weaning are very important for its future health status. Here are some tips about feeding your cat.
1. Provide your cat with varied food. You can mix some of the new food with the old for 3-5 days in order to make gradual changes.
2. Milk is a food, not a drink. The only drink that cats use is water. Milk is a good source of calcium and phosphorus which make bones and teeth stronger. It also provides many vitamins and minerals. However, you should keep in mind that many cats cannot digest milk as they grow older.
3. Cats should be fed in quiet parts of the house where no one will bother them because they feel vulnerable while they eat.
4. If you have more cats, you should provide each of them with a separate food bowl and you shouldn’t keep them close to each other while they are eating, because cats compete for their food and feel uncomfortable if they are too close to one another.
5. It is recommended that you don’t feed your cat from plastic bowl. Provide ceramic or stainless steel bowls because plastic dishes may give shelter to bacteria. Moreover, some cats may develop allergies to plastic and may get pimples on their chins.
6. Older cats would like you to raise their food and water bowl a few inches off the floor because this will make it easier on their backs and necks.
7. You should observe your pet closely after you give it new food. Any changes in the coat, appetite, weight or mood may indicate a problem. If you have any questions about the dietary plant of your cat, consult your vet for advices.