Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cat's Eating Habits

Cats love their meat. In fact, these furry carnivores must eat animal tissue to maintain their long-term health. Cats require high amounts of amino acids, "building blocks" that prevent disease. Vegetarian diets, therefore, are out of the question for cats.
Kittens (cats less than a year old) need food specially designed for their young systems- with an increased level of the necessary proteins for growing muscles and bones.

Many cats enjoy raiding a dog's food bowl. But cats are not small dogs and do not receive proper nutrition from dog food products. That means meal swapping is not allowed: Cats should eat only cat food. When choosing a food, cat owners should look for one that contains proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Extra vitamin and mineral supplements are not only unnecessary but potentially harmful. Supplements can unbalance a complete and balanced cat food.

Cats are efficient eaters. They eat to satisfy their need for energy then stop eating when that energy demand is met. So cats tend to eat small but frequent meals. Owners can usually leave food out and not worry about a cat overeating. But while most cats naturally regulate their eating habits, some do indulge. Since obesity is the most common feline nutritional problem, if your cat needs to lose five or more pounds, visit the veterinarian before you begin a weight loss program.
Many cats eat in cycles, a trait passed down from their wild ancestors that ate depending on the success of the hunt. Do not mistake these peaks and valleys for dissatisfaction with the food. Switching brands frequently can reinforce bad habits and create finicky eaters.

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