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Nutritional Care for Cats!by: Damien Foxworthy
If you a have become the proud owner of a cat or kitten, you really need to take proper care of him or her. It is up to you. After a routine veterinary check up, nutrition care is another crucial aspect of ongoing care. Maybe you havenít considered food supplements and you are wondering why they are necessary. If you check some important facts, you will be able to create the best diet.
How To Make Sure That Your Cat Gets the Right Nutrition She NeedsBy: Gary T
If you have a new kitten, you may be tempted to just dump some cat food in a bowl and get on with your life. While that may be convenient to you, it could spell disaster to your feline friend. Certainly, you need to put in a little bit more effort to it. The truth is, in order to keep your kitty healthy, you will need to be sure that you meet all of her nutritional needs.
Just like any mammal baby, for the first few weeks of a cat's life, she received all of her nutrition from her mother. But as she approached four to six weeks of age, the breeder probably began supplementing the mother cat's milk with canned cat food or with hard kitten chow moistened with water. By eight weeks of age, she was weaned and eating a diet of kitty food.
You should be able to get some info on or even the remainder of the food your kitten was eating before you brought her home from the breeder. So you have an idea of what type of food she was eating then. You may want to mix some of the remaining food from the breeder with whatever new food you buy from now on. This will help your kitten adjust.
Note that your kitten needs to eat quite a bit of food because she is growing incredibly fast from the age of eight weeks to about six months. That means she will need to eat more than once a day. Having four small meals a day is best since kitten do not have very large stomachs, but need plenty of fuel. Water is also very important so you should give her an unlimited water supply.
After six months of age, your kitten's rate of growth slows down dramatically. She will become a bit less active too. At this time, you can reduce her feedings to two to three meals a day but remember not to change his food from kitten chow to adult food just yet. After all, she is still a growing cat.
On hitting the age of one, your cat can finally eat adult cat food. Adult cats usually eat only when they are hungry. So you can simply keep his dish filled with dry food. In the even that he overeats and starts to grow overweight, you will need to feed him twice a day instead. If you feed your cat canned food, you should still offer dry food as well, since canned food should not be left out for your cat to eat all day.
Make it a point to shop for kitty foods that have the protein source in the first few ingredients. Ensure that the food is well balanced. If your cat has health problems, such as hair balls or urinary tract infections, you should look for cat foods that help control these problems.
While it may be true that most cats prefer soft food, you can try giving them some dry food occasionally as these can help them maintain better dental health. If your cat refuses to eat dry food, you may want to have your dentist to check his teeth every year or so to be sure they are not too covered in tartar.
Does Your Cat's Food Contain Omega 3?By: Sandy Sachs
Cats too need omega 3 fatty acids. In fact they need them for most of the same reasons we need them. Getting enough omega 3 in their diet is good for their heart, nervous system, and joints. It also keeps their skin healthy and the coat shiny. It's always a pleasure to see an animal with a nice shiny coat and not scratching all the time; they appear a lot healthier. Too much scratching results in raw spots that can get infected.
I have researched quite a bit on omega 3. I know that you won't find it in dog food, dogs don't eat fish, but cats do. Don't you think they would have omega 3 in their diet? Check again. Your cat's food would be complete only if it contains omega 3 in the form of salmon, tuna, halibut, or any other oily fish.
Have cats gotten away from fish? I checked out my cats food, there is a little fish in it, not the oily kind. No omega 3. He has chicken, beef, turkey, but no omega 3 fatty acids. I browsed through the shelves at the super market. Most of the food cats eat don't contain just fish. If the food does contain fish, it isn't always the oily type.
I tried feeding my cat salmon. He stuck up his nose and walked away. I tried giving him shark once too. Don't know if it's high in the omega 3's or not, but he walked away from that one too. My cat preferred to have roast beef or fried chicken than fish.
What was the option left for me? Cats are stubborn. They want what they want. Sorta like a small child. Ever try to give one a pill? Or spray them with flea spray? Not a good experience.
I have found where you can purchase omega 3 in an oily form for cats. Each capsule contains 223 mg of omega 3 in it. The capsules are made out of fish oil. The other day I gave him a capsule. I squeeze the fish oil out of the capsule onto his food once a day. He doesn't like fish, but putting this on a can of beef in gravy makes it palatable for him.
If you serve your cats the omega 3 in their diet, it is sure to strengthen their immune system. With a regular dosage of omega 3, hopefully my cat will lead many more years of a healthy life.
Check your cat's food and see if it has any or enough omega 3 in it. You may be surprised.
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