Cat food is all the same, right? Wrong. Just like dog food and treats are all different, so is the same for cat food. In fact, just go to a pet supply store and you’re going to be swimming in options. Which option is going to work best for you? What can you do to ensure that your cat is happy? Well, you can start by dismissing the lowest run of cat foods. These usually contain filler, ash, and lots of grain. While they may keep your cats alive, they will not help with their nutritional composition. There are a few things that you should consider for purchasing food for your pet, and it starts with their age.
The Age of Your Cat
First and foremost, make sure that you get age appropriate food. For kittens, there is special wet food that has a great deal of moisture in it. This will give them enough nutrition to thrive on. It will also have a lot more nutritional elements, and will be like a paste more than any other food items. This will help them develop, especially if you have a kitten that has not finished being weened. Older cats will need senior diet formulas or even sensitive stomach options. This is crucial. Older cats cannot digest regular cat foods, and could even loose teeth over time. Make sure that you monitor this and adjust accordingly.
When you have a cat that is throwing up from eating regular cat food, it’s time to check the ingredients. Look out for gluten, soy, ash, and more. You’re going to find that you will need to change things up to have natural, whole ingredients, without soy or gluten in the mix. This may seem insane to some, but it’s important. Cats can develop allergies the same way that some humans can. You don’t want to mess around with this, change things up slowly, and allow your pet to have a more “wholesome” diet plan.
Some cat foods are heavy in calories and can cause weight gain. Change things up with special diet food, timers, and if nothing helps, seek out a veterinarian that can assist with any issues. Weight problems can be difficult to manage for pets, especially when they aren’t keen to “exercise” programs like humans would be. A vet can prescribe special medication and even diet foods to help them manage weight and get back to that normal cat body.
Cat food may not seem that complex, and for the most part it’s not. However, you want to make sure that they have a balanced diet between wet food and dry food. Proper digestion, energy, weight gain, and balance all rely heavily on what cats eat. Feeding them the right things is just as important as eating fruits, vegetables, and whole foods for adult human beings. Keeping your cat health also means clearing up their litter box. Get an automated litter box for best results, and aside from that, always have fresh water available to your pet. You’ll see that this all works out quite well in the long term.