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Cats: Obligate Carnivores

Cats are what are known as obligate carnivores. An obligate carnivore is one that must eat meat. You cannot just turn them out to graze in a pasture. The digestive tract of cats has been shortened and optimised to digest proteins from meat. They simply don’t have the dental or digestive apparatus to process plant materials.

cat hunting

The Mystery of Cat Nibbling

It’s therefore surprising, given their physical inability to process plants, that you will still find cats nibbling on plants from time to time. There are many theories for why cats would nibble plants. They may be trying to balance an upset stomach or add missing vitamins and minerals. Perhaps they simply like the taste. Maybe it’s a combination of factors. The jury is still out on this matter.

Feeding Cats: Convenience and Quality

Fortunately, these days, we don’t have to go out and hunt for food to feed our cats. There are a large number of very good, nutritionally balanced foods available in pet stores to satisfy any cats’ tastes and our human wallets. Try to feed good quality food. It really does make a difference in the health and appearance of your pet. Pick one that your cat likes and stick with it. Cats don’t actually need a lot of variety. Changing their food constantly tends to just make them picky eaters.

Cat with toy mouse

Understanding Nutritional Requirements

Nutritional requirements for your pet will vary by age and size. What they need as a kitten will be very different than what they will need as an adult. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bag to avoid feeding too much or too little. The average adult cat will need about one cup of food a day. Cats appreciate consistency in their feeding schedules. Try to feed them at the same time each day. Loki has learnt that in the evenings when the dogs go make their last ‘weewee’ before bed that it is time for him to come inside for dinner.

Cautions and Considerations

Try not to feed your cat people food. Some things, such as chocolate and raw liver, are actually toxic to cats. Others cause digestive upset. Remove the bones from any cooked meat you might want to give to your cat. Poultry and pork bones in particular are given to splintering and can injure your cat. The occasional treat, however, shouldn’t do any harm. Loki simply loves his droë wors from time to time.

Making a Smooth Transition

When you need to switch from one type of food to the other, do so in a gradual process. Shifting gradually from one to the other over the course of a week will help prevent digestive upsets. You may need to switch foods because your store may stop carrying the brand you like or perhaps your kitten has grown old enough to graduate to adult food. Do the changeover slowly and your cat will thank you for it.

To Treat or Not to Treat

Feeding treats is something for you to decide if you want to do it. Some people are dead set against them. Others lavish treats on their pets at every opportunity. There are many good cat treats on the market today. Read the directions carefully. You don’t want to overindulge your cat and turn them into a furry beach ball with legs.

Cat eating treat

The Importance of Hydration

The only other thing that a cat requires is water. Do your best to keep a nice fresh supply of water available for your pet. With a little thought and planning, you can keep your pet healthy and happy for a long time to come.

Cat drinking water

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