Your cat is family, and it’s natural to want nothing but the best for him or her. Yet, even kitty caretakers with the best of intentions can make mistakes during mealtimes. It’s always a good idea to ask your veterinarian for advice on feeding your kitty properly. This is especially true if your cat is entering a different stage of life, has been diagnosed with a medical condition, or appears a bit pudgy.
Mistake: Overfeeding Your Cat
One of the most commonly made mistakes is feeding cats too much. It’s an easy mistake to make, since cats are very good at begging for treats and extra kibble. But unfortunately, overfeeding can have dire consequences. Cats with obesity are more susceptible to developing arthritis, diabetes, urinary tract disease, and even breathing problems. Since every cat has different caloric needs (based on body weight and activity level), it’s always best to defer to your veterinarian’s guidance on proper portions.
Mistake: Overlooking the Importance of Water
You may already know that it’s important to empty, wash, and refill your cat’s water bowl every day. But are you paying attention to how much your cat actually drinks? Many cats are finicky drinkers, and if they don’t get enough water, they could develop serious health problems. If your cat doesn’t seem to be drinking enough, consider investing in a pet water fountain. Many cats prefer to drink moving water. You could also try offering various brands of bottled water if your cat doesn’t seem to like the taste of tap water.
Mistake: Feeding a Vegetarian Diet
Unfortunately, attempting to force furry friends to become vegetarians or vegans seems to be a recent trend. Know that cats are obligate carnivores. This means they absolutely must eat a diet that consists primarily of meat. If forced to become a vegetarian, a cat will develop health problems related to taurine deficiency. These can include blindness, heart problems, and death.
If you have a question about feeding your cat or dog, Horizon Animal Hospital is here to help. Our friendly veterinary staff in Scottsdale can provide complete preventive, therapeutic, and surgical care for your furry friend. Give us a call at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment.