7 Reasons Why Feeding Your Cat Correctly Is More Complicated Than You Think

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4. Mealtime

The Cornell Feline Health Center maintains that feeding frequency depends largely on a cat’s age, health, and own preference. While kittens may require more food, more often, to sustain their growth, adult cats can live on two feedings a day.

According to Animal Planet, leaving a bowl of food out for your cat to “free-feed” is one way to promote overeating. Keeping the feedings regular and measured out can help prevent obesity or health issues from a lack of nutrition.

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3. Water

Cats may need less water per pound of body weight than other pets to survive, but it is still a vital need in their diets.

According to Dr. Jennifer Coates at PetMD, cats get their daily water requirements either by drinking it or eating wet food, as most canned varieties are between 68 and 78 percent water.


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For a 10-pound adult cat, spayed or neutered, Coates recommends an average of 261 milliliters or about 3/4 to 1-1/4 cup of water a day.

2. Foods to avoid

Apart from some cheap and nutritionally devoid dry foods, a number of other ingredients can cause your cat problems. Fish, for example, while being a favorite of cartoon cats for decades, oftentimes is laden with heavy metals and other harmful impurities from the ocean.

As WebMD reports, while kittens are quite cute lapping up a saucer of milk, adult cats just don’t have the stomachs to handle the lactose. And just like with dogs, grapes, raisins, caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate are also on the list of dietary no-nos.

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1. Treats

Treats are great for behavioral training, the Humane Society maintains, but give your furry friend too many and you may find it meowing for more when they’re not necessary. Feed them as needed, and sparingly, and your cat will be content.

And when it comes to picking out those treats, avoid additives like carrageenan, synthetic preservatives, BPA, artificial food dyes, grains and by-products, Why Cat Why recommends.

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