- Even though cat owners love their pets, they still sometimes make mistakes when it comes to feeding!
- The most common mistakes involve overfeeding, nutritional deficiencies, and/or offering foods they shouldn’t be eating.
- Prior to getting a cat, always consult a veterinarian to discuss their specific dietary needs.
While it’s not the hardest or most daunting task of being a pet owner, particularly when it comes to cats, feeding is an important responsibility. How often, the amount, and what we feed our cat has a major impact on their overall health. This is why it’s so vital that we understand our cats dietary needs and a surprising amount of pet owners don’t!
Whether they are a picky eater or known to eat everything in sight, there are a few important rules to follow when it comes to feeding your cat. Even for longtime feline lovers, some of these might actually come as a surprise. Let’s take a look…
Too Much Food
One of the main reasons people like having cats is because they tend to be a little more independent than other animals. As a result, owners might enjoy leaving their cats food out and encourage a graze all day approach to feeding. This is actually a big ‘no no.’ Even if your cat does not appear to be overweight, leaving a full bowl of food out all day is one of the most common mistakes cat owners make.
If you’re leaving their food out because they are a picky eater and you’re worried they won’t eat otherwise, Fetch by WebMD reassures that even the choosiest of cats will eventually eat if their food is out only at certain times. The healthiest approach to take when feeding a cat is to start with less than the daily amount suggested on the bag or can. Aim for meals (preferably two or three a day), not a buffet. This will help get them on a schedule and you’ll get a good idea of how much or little they are actually eating.