When living with your feline friend, you may face a lot of issues establishing a balance between your work and home. With them at home, you may require extensive amounts of time to pay the right amount of attention and take the best possible care. Along your journey of establishing a balance, at times, your cat may face compromises.
And while these are doable in terms of attention and playtime, these short spells of imbalances are highly intolerable in terms of diet. Any shortfalls in diet can cost you your furry pal’s life!
So, here we have compiled the top six tips to improve your cat’s diet.
Plan the Diet
The first thing that you ought to do when improving your cat’s diet is to prepare a complete balance-diet chart for the week. We recommend preparing a generic balanced diet for the month and doing your groceries accordingly. However, to keep intrigued and entertained, make slight changes every week.
It’s best to include foods with high-protein and high-moisture, such as cooked beef, chicken, turkey, etc. Depending on your cat’s age, gender, breed, and health specifics (i.e., any allergies or so), ensure that you include appropriate shares of all types of foodstuffs.
Opt for Canned Food Instead of Dry Food
Canned foods are relatively healthier and moister as compared to dry food. The latter contains more dry content, i.e., carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Although these are necessary for your cat’s healthy growth, they are of little benefit without water.
Another difference between canned food and dry food is the manufacturing process. Canned food contains fresh & frozen foods. The protein source comes from grains. Being canned, these are also free of pathogens and germs.
Include CBD Cat Treats
Another great way of improving your cat’s diet is to include CBD cat treats. These treats make effective use of Cannabidiol from the hemp plant. You can have your cat avail these in the form of chews, crackers, etc.
The consumption of CBD treats promises relief from pain and inflammation. It brings about a soothing effect for your feline friend’s nervous system without intoxication. Plus, it relieves anxiety and boosts the cognitive thinking skills of your cat friend.
Be Wary of Toxic Foodstuffs
Often, when our cats wish to join us for lunch or dinner, we can’t resist their cuteness and welcome them with open arms. They’re eager to taste our food, and we let them. However, this could prove to be of immense danger to your cat. Some of the toxic foodstuffs you should look out for are:
- Raw Fish
- Raw or uncooked meat
- Raw eggs
- Grapes or Raisins
- Dairy products
- A few vegetables and Herbs, including garlic, shallots, onions, etc.
Take Care of Hydration
Some cats are too lazy to go to the water bowl and drink. Some won’t drink from the same bowl of water as yesterday. And some have a natural repulsion to H2O.
However, hydrating your cat is utterly necessary for their health. If you notice them panting, refusing to eat, or with sunken eyes, you should persuade them to drink water. You may do so by placing a bowl of clean and fresh water on their favorite spot. Choose their favorite bowl as the water bowl. Maximize hydrated foodstuffs in the diet.
Feed with Proper Frequency
Again, this is an important factor that most cat owners tend to neglect. Even if you have two cats of varying ages, it doesn’t mean you can feed both with the same feed. Study their anatomy and consult your vet for a proper recommendation about their specific needs. Serving them three meals a day would do fine, but you ought to know the frequency of particular foodstuffs in those three times.
Lastly, as you incorporate these tips into your cat’s diet routine, ensure that you monitor the changes in their behavior and health closely. Note that a few changes may take an ugly turn before they truly benefit your cat. It’s something more like diet change impacting the mood and sleep cycle. It’s nothing to worry about. However, if you notice your cat vomiting or demonstrating disturbing health changes such as excessive shedding, visit your vet at your earliest convenience.