Cats have strong preferences for specific foods and often refuse to eat anything else unless enticed. Cats’ selective feeding is an evolutionary adaptation that keeps them from ingesting deadly plants and animals, despite popular belief to the contrary. Your cat learned early on that only certain things were okay to eat when she was a kitten, and she has now internalized that belief.
This is why adult cats may have certain dietary preferences for a particular type of protein, a certain mouthfeel, and a certain cat food variety. Knowing your cat’s preferences for protein sources, food kinds, wet/dry food, and texture may simplify feeding time.
Changing your cat’s diet or expanding its food selection gradually is the best way to achieve nutritional or health-related goals. Due to the importance of moisture consumption to cats’ long-term health, it is recommended to include at least some moisture-rich foods in your cat’s diet. Certain felines may have special dietary requirements, such as a desire to switch between food types or avoid a particular protein.
Select an Appropriate Diet for Your Cat’s Age
Be careful to give your cat food suitable for its age. Changes in nutritional requirements occur with maturation:
- Kittens younger than six weeks old should either be breastfed or bottle-fed with a feline milk replacer.
- Give kittens food when they are around 6-8 weeks old. Kittens frequently fare better when introduced to wet/canned food than dry kibble since they lack permanent teeth and may struggle to chew the latter.
- You should give cats aged 1-7 a food formulated for adult cats.
- You should feed senior cats (age seven and up) a special diet designed for their changing nutritional needs.
Choosing the Right Cat Food
Your cat’s dietary needs depend on various circumstances. If you need assistance, your veterinarian is an excellent source of information and advice.
Factors to Consider
- Age: When it comes to your cat’s life, do you have a kitten or an adult? Animals that are still growing have higher nutritional needs, such as energy and calcium. It is recommended to consult a vet about what to feed an older cat, as there are no universally accepted formulation recommendations for senior or geriatric diets.
- Lifestyle and the decision to spay or neuter: Cats who are kept inside after being spayed or neutered can become less active and overweight. As spayed and neutered cats are more likely to develop cystitis and lower urinary tract illness, their diets often contain fewer calories to help them maintain a healthy weight.
- Health: Chronic renal disease, which is relatively frequent in senior cats, is only one medical issue that a properly prepared diet can help. Your vet is the best person to advise and discuss specialized diets for your pet.
What to Avoid
Most commercial cat feeds have been created to provide feline friends with a healthy and secure diet. It would help if you didn’t feed your cat anything like chocolate, avocado, xylitol, onions, or grapes since they might harm their health. If you’re still unclear, it’s best to consult with your vet about the cat food in question. They’ll be able to provide more specific guidance and verify which options are safe for your pet.
To Sum Up.
The issue of pet nutrition is now trending, and pet owners all over the world are making tremendous efforts to provide their feline friends with the best possible diet. If you want your new cats to be healthy and happy, educating yourself as much as possible on their dietary needs is in your best interest.