|There is more to feeding your cat than just putting some dry or wet food in their bowls / Photo by: Jaromir Chalabala via Shutterstock|
There is more to feeding your cat than just putting some dry or wet food in their bowls. Our feline friends have specific dietary needs, which can be compromised if the pet owner is not committed to making sure that the cat has their ideal amount of food every feeding time. Unfortunately, pet owners may not be aware that they are committing feeding mistakes that can cause health problems and weight loss in their cat.
Taking care of a pet is a responsibility. It involves making sure that they are well-fed and they have everything that they need. Most of the time, pet owners rely on the suggestion of their friends who have pets as well, but non-professional advice doesn't always work, and there are few things that owners could be doing improperly when it comes to the diet of their pet. This is why you should always consult a trusted veterinarian if you are trying out new food to give to your feline friend.
Keep an Eye on the Serving Size
According to Sara Ochoa, a small animal and exotic pet veterinarian with DogLab, a company that does dog product testing and reviews, she mentioned in an article published in Insider, a lifestyle magazine, that the feeding instructions placed on packages of commercial pet food might have you serving your animals more calories than what they need.
“Do not follow the feeding instructions on the bag,” she said. Ochoa added that the manufacturer’s suggested serving size is usually too much for pets, and it is better to keep your pet on the thinner side because overweight or obese animals are always at risk of developing more health problems, which can become worse if left untreated.
If you notice that your pet is a little bit “chunky,” you could consult your trusted veterinarian who will help you to develop a healthy weight-loss program for the animal. The veterinarian will also recommend a healthier portion size of food for your pet. They will also let you know when to limit giving treats.
Avoid Giving Cats Dog Treats
There are households where dogs and cats live together, and to save on pet food, owners tend to give their cats some of their dogs’ treats. However, CatsFunn, a website that provides articles about our feline friends, mentioned that giving them your dogs’ food might bring serious health problems for cats.
It explained that dog foods contain less protein and fat. An occasional nibble of dog food won’t hurt cats, but long-term feeding them can cause serious health problems since cats have different nutritional needs from dogs and they can become malnourished if they are fed with a diet that is designed for canines.
The Nest, an online resource for articles about design, traveling, and pets, stated that most dog foods lack taurine, an important nutrient that when lacking or given in small quantities, can result in blindness, heart problems, and deafness in cats. The improper balance of vitamins might also cause lethargy, seizures, poor posture, poor coat condition, and impaired reproduction.
|There are households where dogs and cats live together, and to save on pet food, owners tend to give their cats some of their dogs’ treats / Photo by: Petr Salinger via Shutterstock|
Don’t Give Them Too Much Tuna
Most pop culture references about cats show that their favorite and necessary food is tuna. However, this food should be given in a controlled amount because if cats eat it all the time, the animal might actually become malnourished. This is because tuna doesn’t contain enough Vitamin E, so your cat might end up with a health problem known as a steatotic or yellow fat disease characterized by an accumulation of fat in the liver.
Because of the strong scent of tuna, cats usually end up getting addicted to it. Veterinarians call this attraction as a tuna junkie. This issue could get worse if the cat tends to avoid eating anything besides tuna, and additionally, too much of this can give the cat mercury poisoning.
Avoid Giving Them Scraps From the Table
“Every treat, dental chew, and food scraps counts when it comes to your pet’s daily calorie count. These calories add up fast, especially for small dogs,” Antje Joslin, a veterinarian for Dogtopia, a provider of dog daycare in North America, said in an interview. This is why scraps from the table don't offer or provide your cat with a balanced and necessary diet that they need.
The spices and fats that human foods contain might be too much for them. If they eat more than 10% of scraps, your pet can have dietary deficiencies. The cat might also develop behavior issues such as stealing food or too much begging. The table scraps could also contain bones that could splinter and damage the cat’s throat and esophagus.
Always remember that once you take an animal into your home, it means that you are also taking responsibility for their welfare. You must avoid making them obese or underweight. Obesity is an epidemic for pets and people alike, and this can cause serious health problems. It is okay to give them treats and their favorite foods once in a while, but make sure that these contain healthy ingredients that can promote a healthier coat and overall well-being.
|The spices and fats that human foods contain might be too much for them. If they eat more than 10% of scraps, your pet can have dietary deficiencies / Photo by: Ratchanee Sawasdijira via Shutterstock|