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Tips for Feeding Fluffy

Good nutrition is an important part of any pet care routine. This is one topic that can be a bit confusing to people with cats. In the wild, our feline friends eat small animals. The modern housecat, however, is somewhat more civilized, and usually eats store-bought food. But what is the best food for your kitty? Here, a Green Bay, WI vet offers some tips on feeding Fluffy.

Portion Sizes

Did you know that giving your cat even ten calories too many each day can make her gain a pound a year? That’s a lot for a kitty! Pay attention to your pet’s serving sizes. If you know your furry pal has eaten exactly what she was supposed to, you’ll also be less likely to fall for her theatrics. Cats are very good at getting us to spoil them! However, if Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, that cute meow could be a blatant lie!

Canned or Dry?

One choice that all cat owners must make is whether to feed canned food, dry food, or both. Kibble and wet food both have specific pros and cons. Kibble is cheaper and lasts longer, but it also often contains a lot of carb-heavy fillers. Canned food is messier and more expensive, but often has more moisture content and higher-quality ingredients. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Bowls

Choosing the right bowl is also important. If your kitty tends to take her food out of the bowl and eat off the floor, try using a wider bowl or even a plate. Fluffy may dislike the feeling of her whiskers touching the side of a bowl while she eats.

Make Changes Slowly

Sales can be great, but avoid changing your feline friend’s food randomly. Changes should always be made slowly. Otherwise, Fluffy may end up with an upset stomach.

Labels

Reading labels can be confusing at first, but it’s worth the effort. Look for products that list meat, fish, or poultry as the first and most numerous ingredients. Try to avoid anything with an ingredient list you can’t identify or pronounce. It’s also worth your while to do some research on label requirements. For example: something that says ‘chicken flavor’ for example, may only need to contain trace amounts of chicken.

Please call us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, for your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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