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More Tips on Feeding Your Cat

Cat Crazy Newsletter

Tuesday March 25, 2008     

Last week I talked to you about the pros and cons of dry vs. canned foods. Today I wanted to give you a few more tips on my favorite approach to feeding cats. 

Cats naturally are nibblers. If given the opportunity they prefer to have frequent small meals throughout the day. The problem with dry food (especially those that keep the bowl full) is that it is hard to know if/when/what a cat is eating – especially if it is full and ESPECIALLY if you have more than one cat. This is important because cats are very good at hiding when they are ill and one of the first signs they will show is lack of an appetite

So… I think the ideal is this. (This works great if you have more than one cat and they are able to maintain a fairly ideal body weight.)

Leave dry food down and feed a small amount of canned or pouched food twice a day. This allows the cat to nibble and also give you the ability to assess your cat’s behavior, energy level, interest and appetite during the moist food feedings. If you have a cat that normally comes RUNNING for the canned or pouch food and one day is under the table with no interest – there is a problem.

If you only had dry food down, it make take you two more days to notice that your cat is not acting right.

Of course, it really helps if your cat likes his food. There are a number of excellent high quality cat foods in the market. Hills Science Diet has recently introduced a new product in the market that contains fish, chicken and beef in every bite.

Go to: HillsPet.com/ChunksOfGravy to learn more about this new product.

Remember, good quality food will make your cat healthy from the inside out. Low quality food (or too much food) will have a negative effect on a cat’s quality of life.  Always feed high quality foods and treats.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

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March 25, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health, Feline Nutrition, Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need lots of protein from meat, not carbs from grains. The first ingredient in most dry commercial cat food is corn, which is high in carbs. A steady high-carb diet can lead to feline obesity, feline diabetes, and other health problems.

    Comment by Darlene Norris | December 15, 2008 | Reply


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