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Kitty Nutrition

There are many different aspects to a good cat care regimen. To keep Fluffy happy and healthy, you’ll need to offer her a safe, comfy environment; a clean litterbox; and regular veterinary care. Good food is also a must. Read on for some great tips from a local Green Bay, WI vet about feeding your cat.

Fluffy’s Past

Your cute little pet is a predator by nature. Cats evolved as carnivores, and ate raw, fresh meat in the wild. However, many pet foods include things like grain and vegetables. These things aren’t toxic to cats, but they aren’t really Fluffy’s ideal diet. Since our feline friends are meat eaters, their diets should be mostly meat-based.

Reading Labels

Choosing the right brand of pet food isn’t always easy. Pretty packaging and catchy slogans can make almost any brand look great. Therefore, it’s important to read labels. Pet food manufacturers list the ingredients in descending portions, meaning that the first ingredient listed compromises the biggest percentage of the recipe. Choose something that lists meat, fish, or poultry as the first and the most numerous ingredient. Another thing to look for is taurine, which is an amino acid cats need to stay healthy.

Life Stages

Your furry pal’s exact menu should change as she ages. A kitten won’t have the same nutritional requirements as a senior cat. Feed your kitty an age-appropriate food.

Changing

It’s fine to try different flavors of the same food. However, if you are going to change brands, you’ll need to do so slowly, over the course of several days. Otherwise, your feline buddy could get an upset tummy!

Canned or Kibble

One choice you’ll have to make as a pet parent is whether to give Fluffy canned food or kibble. Both types of food have their own pros and cons. Canned food has a higher moisture content, and often contains better quality ingredients. However, it is more expensive, and will spoil pretty quickly once opened. Kibble is cheaper and lasts longer, but doesn’t contain as much moisture. Also, many types of kibble—especially lower-quality brands—contain lots of fillers, such as corn and wheat. They can also be higher in carbs, which may cause or contribute to weight gain. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, with any questions about your cat’s diet. We are here to help!

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