Cat nutrition 2.0: Common mistakes you should avoid

There are many elements that go in keeping a feline healthy and perhaps the most crucial one is; food. Knowing what mistakes not to make is the key. Listed are some mistakes that should be avoided.

Written by Vidhi Malla | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2015 5:08:28 pm

cat-main There are many elements that go in keeping a feline healthy and perhaps the most crucial one is; food (Source: Thinkstock Images)

There are many elements that go in keeping a feline healthy and perhaps the most crucial one is; food. Knowing what mistakes not to make is the key. Listed are some mistakes that should be avoided:

Don’t substitute love with food: Ask your vet how much to feed your cat and never replace love with food. The most common mistake that pet owners do is to over-feed their felines leading to obesity. Obese cats are neither cute nor healthy and can suffer from a number of issues including arthritis and diabetes.

Vegan cats: No! Cats are strict carnivores and turning them into vegetarians or vegans is like committing a sin. Cats need meat to thrive and lack of essential nutrients like amino acid taurine can lead to blindness and heart problems in cats. While some of the nutrients may be provided in artificially made food items, it is extremely tough to be sure of the right nutritional amount.

Water is essential: It is a myth that cats do not need water. Water is vital for cats as it is for dogs and humans being. A lot of people believe that wet food is enough to meet a cat’s water needs, which is untrue. Cats need to have sources of fresh water and you can add some catnip to it to encourage them to drink more.

Garlic: No! Garlic does not work. It does not work in either dogs or cats. Garlic works if you are cooking Italian cuisine but keep your feline away from this stinky food.

Dry vs. wet food: Cats need water and since they have low thirst drive, giving only dry food can impact water balance in their body. Since cats produce high concentrated urine naturally; insufficient water can actually cause urinary tract infection.

The best way to know if your cat is on the right health track is to check with your vet and take his advice.

A serious water deficiency can have critical repercussions for pets, causing serious illness or death.

Although wet foods can go far toward meeting your feline friend’s water needs, cats should also have several sources of fresh water available through the house, say the pros. “Pay attention to where the cat likes to be so that there’s water there,” Case suggests.

“And be aware that some cats prefer running water; others can detect the taste of chlorine in tap water so you might want to buy bottled water for them.”
Here’s a tasty tip to help encourage your cat to drink more, offered inThe Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats:

“The nutrients cats need that come from meat, can be provided in the food synthetically,” Case says. “But you have to be very careful, and aware of the cat’s nutritional idiosyncrasies.” Because most of us aren’t quite sure of our own nutritional needs, it can be next to impossible to guess the needs of our cats.

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