Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing your cat to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our cats as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your cat's age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your cat table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, onions and garlic could be dangerous to cats. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic. Check with your veterinarian if your cat has ingested anything questionable.
Growing kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior cat may need a different amount of calories than a healthy adult, along with differing protein and fiber content, depending on body condition as he or she ages. Many older pets may continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your cat.