Cats aren’t picky eaters, and most can get along just fine with run-of-the-mill cat food. However, certain practices and brands of cat food can bring about problems that can affect your feline friend in the long run.
The Wrong Kind of Food
Be meticulous when choosing what cat food product to bring home, maybe even ask your vet for some advice. Most cats will be fine with almost any type of cat food, but there are some exceptions.
Some cats, particularly old ones, could develop urinary problems because of the high sodium content of some cat food brands.
Also, keep in mind that your cat is an obligate carnivore — that means meat is an essential part of its dietary needs. Mix in a bit of wet food every meal — as little as 2–3 spoons of wet food per serving of dry food is enough.
Too Much Food
Feed your cat once in the morning and once at night. If they don’t finish the food you gave, then you probably gave too much.
A normal cat needs less than a cup of dry food a day, so half a cup in the morning and half a cup at night should be enough. Scooping huge amounts of cat food and giving cats free reign to eat as much as it wants is one of the top contributors to feline obesity.
Not Enough Water
If your cat’s diet consists primarily of dry cat food, you need to provide your cat with a lot of water. Change the water bowl twice a day, in time with your cat’s feeding schedule. Some cats are finicky drinkers, in which case, you might need to buy one of those fountain-type water bowls.
Your cat might seem independent, but they still rely on you to make the important decisions — especially for their food and health.