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Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they have different intestinal and digestive requirements in comparison to dogs, who are omnivores. Cats require more proteins and have difficulty making and processing certain types of necessary nutrients. All this should be taken into careful consideration before you go cat food shopping. Here are some big mistakes that you could be making, and how to avoid them.
- OverfeedingFeline obesity is a very serious issue on the rise. Most cats only need about 300 calories per day. Instead of leaving the food bowl out, stick to feeding her just 2 meals a day. Keep to schedule because cats are more comfortable if there’s a specific routine and this would make the transition from getting food at any time, to just two times a day easier. Although she’s really cute, refrain from giving her treats all the time. Stick to the occasional treat.
- Offering tuna and milkAlthough our cats seem to gobble down tuna and drink milk like it’s the last food left on Earth, their bodies can’t really handle it. Cats are actually lactose intolerant! Canned tuna also contains high levels of mercury and isn’t even a nutritionally compatible option for your kitty. If she gets hooked on tuna, she may even refuse to eat anything else, leading to more problems.
- Forgetting to clean her water bowlCats are really clean creatures. You can just see that from the way they groom themselves. They are less likely to drink water from their bowl if it has something in it or it has been sitting around for a while. Without enough water in their systems, they can easily develop a number of urinary infections such as stones, blockages, and crystals. Wash and clean her bowl on a daily basis to avoid all this.
- Letting food go badMost cat parents prefer dry food over wet food. Mostly because of its convenience. However, if you leave dry food sitting outside for a long time, it could lose some of its nutrients and go bad. Store food away from light, in a tight container. Always dispose of it once it has gone beyond the best before date. Also, instead of buying a large bag that repeatedly gets reopened, consider products like Fancy Feast Classic Broths Cat Food Pouches.
- Ignoring food allergiesJust like humans, cats are also prone to developing certain food allergies. They could be overly sensitive to certain types of carbohydrates, proteins, and fillers. If your cat is scratching herself obsessively, make an appointment with your vet immediately.
- Serving foods that are rawRaw food has a lot of bacteria and parasites in them. If you’ve got your mind made up on a raw diet, talk to your vet about viable options. Don’t just feed her anything raw – even if it comes out of a package.