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Ten Common Mistakes When Feeding Cats

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6. Over-Supplementation

If you’re feeding a well-balanced, good quality diet you shouldn’t have to supplement your cat’s food. Unless your veterinarian advises otherwise, don’t add extra supplements to the food because you can increase them to toxic levels. If you’re doing a homemade diet for your cat, make sure you are following a veterinarian-approved recipe so you can add appropriate supplements if needed.

7. Feeding Your Cat a Vegetarian Diet

Cats are obligate carnivores and must get their vitamin A from meat sources. A diet lacking proper amounts of meat will lead to serious deficiencies and possibly death. If you are a vegetarian, you must not include your cat in that way of life or he will suffer. There is no compromising on this. Cats need meat. Period.

8. Allowing Your Cat to Become Obese

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the pet world. We are simply killing our cats with food. We feed too much and don’t provide enough opportunities for activity. Many cats don’t have anything to do other than waddle from the sofa to the food bowl.

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Feeding guidelines on food packaging are very general and may not apply to YOUR particular cat. Consult your veterinarian about how much food your kitty should receive on a daily basis. Obesity can also be caused by offering too many treats or by giving your cat the wrong type of food.

If you’re concerned about your cat’s weight, talk to your veterinarian. Cats can’t go on rapid weight loss plans because it’s dangerous to their health. Weight reduction must be done gradually — and trust me, your cat will appreciate it if the food supply isn’t suddenly reduced. When you put your cat on a weight reduction plan, increase the amount of exercise he gets. Very often, just an increase in doing daily play sessions can have a big effect on obesity.

9. Inappropriate Stage of Life Feeding

Pet food labels include information regarding stage of life. Kitten food, for example, contains more protein and fat than adult cat food and is appropriate for the first year of life. Some foods are labeled for senior cats, young cats, inactive cats, etc. There are also therapeutic diets for specific health concerns. Feed the appropriate food for your cat’s stage of life. If you have any questions, consult with your veterinarian. If you’re feeding raw food or doing a homemade diet, seek advice from your veterinarian or veterinary nutrition expert in order to ensure your cat is being given a safe and appropriate diet.

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  1. AND REMEMBER – CATS NEED PROTEIN! so stop feeding them the grain based food, switch to a grain free (esp wheat and corn free) MEAT _BASED cat food without food coloring.

    Your cats will be slimmer, healthier, and happier. And be less susceptible to diseases like diabetes and cancer.

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