Feeding your pet cats with a hearty meal is essential. Felines are carnivores. They eat meat to survive and maintain optimal health. Furry pals need well-formulated raw, grain-free and home-cooked food preparation.
Refrain from giving dry food items rich in carbohydrates to your cats. This type of food can also make your pets messy. Most felines don’t chew the dry food they eat. They only like swallowing large pieces of kibble. Dry food also leaves residue in your pet’s mouth. This later on develops into plaque and tartar in their teeth.
Aside from good grooming, your pets need whole, real and natural foods to keep it healthy and fit. These include vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, and other fiber in their daily diet.
Like preparing human food, keeping things in moderation is important. Your cats need to have balanced nutrition in their food intake. Consulting your veterinarian is helpful to know how to feed your pets the proper way. Be careful when introducing new food to your pets. Some felines may have allergies to certain foods.
A lot of grains is not advised for your carnivore. In minimal proportions, grains can be part of their diet. Most cat foods only have grains as a binding ingredient with low whole grain content. Whole grain flour, brown rice, quinoa, and oats in small amounts add flavor to the felines’ diet.
Along with vegetables, fruit can help keep your cats in digesting their food. Melons, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon are better choices for cats. Cats like melons because of the water content and not the sugar component. Studies claim cats like other carnivores can’t taste sweet food. They are carbohydrate blind. Cats also like bananas because of the fat content. Let your pets eat these fruits in moderation. Cats being carnivores in nature should have a meat-based diet. Too much eating of non-meat foods can lead to diarrhea.
Although cats like a protein-based diet, you can also include vegetables in their daily meal. Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals. The fiber content helps the cats’ digestive system to remove toxins in their body. Give your pets cooked carrots, broccoli, asparagus, winter squash, green bean, and chopped greens.
Cooked eggs can be simple treats for your felines. These have high protein content, B vitamins, phosphorus, and selenium. Giving raw eggs to cats exposes them to the risk of having salmonella and other diseases. You also have to check whether your pet cats are allergic to eggs. Observe your kitty pals after putting cooked eggs into their diet. Check for any possible symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.
Adult cats like cheese which has lower lactose content compared to milk. Cheese products in small quantities provide calcium and protein to your pets’ diet.
As carnivores, cooked meat is the best meal for cats. Too much fat can lead to digestive problems. Feed the cats with lean meat, chicken and turkey.
Red meat is fine but it should be in small quantities. Adding natural protein with vitamins and minerals is also good for your cat. Combine this to the cooked meat.
Fish is the most popular cat food ingredient. You can feed your cats with the same fish you eat. Tuna, swordfish, and salmon, which can have high mercury content are not good for the cats. You can give these in small amounts. It is better to feed smaller varieties of fish. You can choose from mackerel, catfish, whitefish, cod, trout, halibut, and perch. Fish are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids and B vitamins. These promote healthy skin and improved heart and brain functions.
Foods to avoid
Many human foods are suitable to your feline friends. They are safe and healthy. But not all that you eat are good for their well-being. Some can choke them. Others may be hazardous to their health when eaten. Others can cause them digestive problems or even death. Below is a list of food not suitable for cats.
Chocolate, coffee and caffeinated items
Access to these food can be toxic to the cats. They can experience vomiting, panting, diarrhea and excessive thirst. They can also have frequent urination, abnormal heart rate, hyperactivity, and tremors. The worst scenarios are experiencing seizures or coma. If you observe any of these symptoms, consult your vet at once.
Cats have a greater hypersensitivity to alcohol than humans. Alcohol poisoning in felines includes vomiting, diarrhea, and involuntary body movements. This includes shortness of breath and shaking. Extreme cases involve coma or death. Call your vet immediately if you have seen any of these symptoms.
Avocados are good for human consumption. But they are not recommended for cats. They can cause short-term vomiting and diarrhea. These can also lead to fluid retention in the heart when this fruit is served. This may eventually lead to the pets’ death.
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
Don’t let your pet cats eat gum, candy, or prepared sweets which contains xylitol. This artificial sweetener can increase your pets’ insulin. This can lead in the long-term health issues.
Grapes and raisins
It is good to feed your cats a few grapes. But regular consumption of this fruit may result to kidney failure in cats. If your pets suffer from several health issues, refrain from feeding them grapes.
Eating macadamia nuts can cause your pets to become ill. They can get depressed, vomit, and experience shaking and fever. These symptoms begin 12 hours after eating the nuts. This may last for the next 12 to 48 hours.
Onions, garlic, and chives
You can feed onions, garlic, and chives to your pet cats. But large amounts and regular feeding may damage their red blood cells. Add these spices in limited amounts to your felines’ daily meal.
Giving small amounts of liver to your pets is fine. A diet with high liver content can cause your pets Vitamin A toxicity. It can also lead to osteoporosis, bone deformity, and even death.