Tips for Preparing a Standard Diet
Freshand water are critical part of any animal's diet. You should always provide fresh water at all times. The choice of will be up to you. However, you still need to decide on the best , and know how to store and prepare the meals.
Choosing Pre-made Cat: Many vets recommend pre-made dry and canned for cats and there are a variety of brands and flavors to choose from when you are investigating. Look for dry cat foods that have human grade ingredients as well as organic ingredients and no byproducts or meat fillers. Canned cat should have similar ingredients. Watch out for salt and other additives.
The most important thing is that your cat enjoys her. If she doesn't find it appetizing, she may not get the nutrition that she needs.
Storing: When buyingin bags don't buy more than your cat needs for two weeks or so. Buying enough to last six months can be a liability. Once the isn't fresh anymore vitamin and other nutrients start breaking down with exposure to air. Use all by the "best if used by" date.
Storeaway from warm moist areas like stoves, hot-water pipes and heating ducts. Moisture and heat will cause to rapidly lose its quality. Finding a cool dry place to keep your cat's is a must. Store kibble in air-tight, plastic or metal containers. If you leave in paper bags it is susceptible to insect and rodent infestation. When you open a can of cat , but don't feed the entire can, be sure to store the open can in the refrigerator sealed with a plastic lid or plastic wrap.
Throw away anythat smells rancid or has mold on it. Never feed your cat anything that seems spoiled.
Free-Feeding or Rationing: Whatever you choose to feed your cat, you'll want to decide how much and how often to feed. Leaving out dryfor your cat at all times works well for some cats, especially if they get a small meal of canned twice a day. Often cats won't overfeed on dry when they know the more enjoyable meal is coming later. However, if your cat is overweight, you'll want to be mindful of what you feed. A heavy cat might be more likely to overeat if is left out on a continual basis.
Follow the directions on the can or bag of catfor feeding, taking into consideration your cat's age and weight. Also watch your cat for excessive weight gain or weight loss and adjust her diet accordingly.
Adding Extra to a Kibble Diet: If your are feeding a kibble diet and want to add a little extra for your cat, here's a few ways to make a better meal.
Steamed or pureed vegetables
- Fish Oil
- Digestive enzymes
Healthy table scraps on occasion can be a nice addition when preparing your cat's kibble or canned, but never give the following to your cat.
- Coffee Grounds
- Macadamia Nuts
- Fatty Foods