Today I have summarized a list of common questions people ask about their cat as regards cat food and relevant answers to the questions
Question 1. Should I feed my cat canned or dry cat food?
Answer: Ancestrally, cats were desert animals, thus they can stay for days without feeling thirsty which could lead to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Canned cat foods are 75% hydrated compared to the 10% of dry cat food, thus I recommend canned cat food but if you want to go for dry cat food, always ensure your cat remains hydrated.
Question 2. How many times should I feed my cat a day?
Answer: from the age of six months cats should be fed at least twice a day which is also applicable to senior cats.
Question 3. How much calories should I feed my cat?
Answer: Some authorities recommend about thirty calories per pound of body weight, with that formula you will get about 240 calories per day for an average 8 pound cat.
An average healthy cat should be around 10 to 12 pound.
Question 4. How do I know the best cat food for my cat?
Answer: First you need to know how to understand the ingredients listed on the back of the bag.
The firs the bag.
The first ingredients are the most important as these are what the food will mostly be made of. Association Of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO) states that ingredients in a pet food must be labeled according to weight, from most to least, this means that no matter how many ingredients listed on the bag of the cat food, the first three ingredients is what it is primarily made of. If they are good, then the rest will be inevitably good. The first ingredient should always be meat, meat protein.Here is where it gets tricky, if a food starts with meat but next ingredients are corn, rice and wheat, there is actually more grain in the food than meat.The meat may weigh more than corn, rice or wheat separately, but it does not weigh more than all these ingredients together.
Another thing to watch out for, is if a grain (wheat, rice, or corn) appears in a food more than once in different forms. For instance wheat, wheat middlings, wheat gluten or rice, brewer’s rice and rice and rice hills. This is called ingredient splitting. So when picking a bag of food for your cat take a look at the first ingredients they’are the most important. They should be a meat, a meat meal and carb.
Question 5. Is it good to feed my cat raw meat?
Answer: Yes it is advisable to feed your cat raw meat, remember cats are strict carnivorous animals, cats have a short acidic intestinal tracts, so they are not nearly as affected by bacteria as humans are. In order to be extra safe you should bake the meat in an oven for 2 minutes to kill all the bacteria.
Question 6: What are the foods that I should not feed my cat?
Answer: Below is the list of foods you should never feed your cat;
Onion: Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which could lead to the destruction of red blood cells and anemia, both uncooked and cooked onions are toxic to cats.
Uncooked eggs: Contains an enzyme called avidin, which reduces the assimilation of biotin (a B vitamin).
Sugary foods: Sugary foods are not good for cats at all, this can lead to overweight, dental problems, and no doubt diabetes mellitus.
Milk: Some adult cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Raw Fish: raw fish contains a compound that breaks down thiamine, an important B1 vitamin for cats that, when missing, can cause serious neurological problems in your cat
Tuna: A diet rich in tuna can not only cause mercury poisoning in your cat (just like people) but can also leave them malnourished because it doesn’t contain all of the important vitamins and minerals your cat needs.
Question 7. What is the best cat food for a pregnant or a nursing cat?
Answer: It is extremely important to feed your pregnant or nursing cat a food that provides the increased nutrition she needs. I recommend feeding Kitten Food formulas as soon as you discover your cat is pregnant. These formulas are rich in essential nutrients and support development of the kittens during pregnancy, increased energy from calories for the growth of kittens and milk production for the mother. It’s always best to talk to your veterinarian about a food recommendation for your pregnant or nursing cat.
Question 8. What should I feed my kitten?
Answer: selecting a diet for your cute little furry one.
Kittens have nutritional wants that are totally different from the adult ones, they need more nutrients and calories than their adult counterpart. it’s recommended that kittens be fed with kittens food till they’re up to 1 year.
According to U.S Food and Drug Administration, kitten food should contain a minimum of 22 percent protein and 8 percent fat. Foods that is specially formulated with a high level of protein and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron should also be present because they help build strong bones and teeth.
Question 9. My cat has food allergies, what should I do?
Answer: Cats can actually get allergies which is a common problem, Cats can be allergic to the food they eat, there are many things you could do to control or manage this, if your cat has allergy one of the simplest things to do is to change the food, in order to see if that would help control the problem. Nowadays there are many pet food available on the market, basically there are two main categories of limited allergy or hypoallergenic food, which is the noval protein category and the hydrolyzed protein foods.
Question 10. How do I choose a diet for my diabetic cat?
Answer: Start looking into or may be cooking or preparing a home made cat food. Diabetic cats cant produce the insulin they need to utilize the glucose so if you feed a meal and couple it with an insulin injection,you’ll definetly achieve better or feed a cat food that has less than 10% calories and avoid grain.
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