Cats are always hungry, as is the case with dogs. Only the cats are quieter, and sometimes they eat without even noticing. This insatiable appetite could lead us to feed them more than they should, and that is why many obese cats are seen. To avoid these cases, we must know how to properly carry out the feeding of cats.
Cat feeding: what do they eat?
Although cats can eat carbohydrates and vitamins, they will always prefer proteins and fats. The myth that surrounds them that they only eat fish is uncertain: cats love meat! Also, the fish, but if we give them a choice, it is not very clear where they would choose.
The food that has always been recommended for cats is a specialized feed that provides the nutrients they need for the day. Pressed dry food has been the queen of feline feeding for years, but with the latest scientific advances, the diet is accepted, as in the case of other pets.
Both types of food are valid, and could even be alternated, as long as it is done in the right way. However, you will be the one to decide which one to choose, always keeping in mind the needs and type of life of your cat.
Feeding the cats, how?
Whether you decide on one or another type of diet, proteins must form 35% of the total. If you opt for feed, diabetic specials have a much higher percentage of these than normal feed.
In the case of the diet, you will have to divide the food into three parts: one of almost 40% and two of 30%. In the first case, they will be proteins; the second part hydrates; and the third, vitamins found in vegetables or fruit.
Although cats love fat, they must comply with what is normally provided by proteins and hydrates, as this could cause health problems such as obesity, for example.
Cat feeding: when and how much?
Years ago it was said that dogs had to eat three times a day. Then, after an increase in canine obesity, the amount was reduced to once or twice. But what about the cats?
Due to the insatiable appetite, they seem to have, it is best to divide the food intake several times a day. This does not mean that we have to prime our pet, but that the amount of recommended daily food will have to be distributed several times.
This step will only be a ‘psychological deception’ that will make the animal believe that it is eating all day, when in fact it does not feed more than it should. Manufacturers think mark correctly the amount the animal must eat.
If you decide to feed your cat with the raw diet, it is best to consult your veterinarian what foods you can eat, how much and how to prepare them. You have to keep in mind that although this type of diet is called ‘raw’, cats should not eat food without cooking.
Whatever food we have decided to include in the diet of our pet should be cooked as recommended by the veterinarian, and of course without condiments or salt. Although many decide to give processed foods such as ham or tuna to cats, they have oils, fats, sugars and other components that are not beneficial for the animal.
If you follow these practical tips, you will have a healthy cat, since good food will have greatly influenced it. Remember that we are what we eat; Your cat too.