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Nutrition and Food For Your Cat

May 29th, 2012 2:03 am

As a cat ages, it becomes more prone to disease and health problems. Supervise a senior cat’s diet and modify it as and when required; this can improve its overall health. However, there is no standard when it comes to feeding geriatric cats. There are a number of factors you may have to consider while deciding what to feed a geriatric cat. Here’s a look.

Taste

As a cat ages, its bodily response towards taste deteriorates. This is the primary reason why a geriatric cat might not find a particular food tasty, even if a younger counterpart finds so. So, feed a geriatric cat food that has strong aroma. To make a particular food’s taste come alive, warm it a little. However, don’t heat the food more than your cat’s body temperature.

Digestibility

Another factor that is of primary importance while deciding what to feed a geriatric cat is digestibility. If a geriatric cat finds it difficult to digest a particular food, in time it will be averse to it. To make sure your cat can digest its food well, provide food that can be easily chewed as well as swallowed.

Nutrition

Just as factors like taste and digestibility are important, so is nutrition. The immune response in cats slows down as they get older. To make sure the immune response in your geriatric cat does not deteriorate rapidly, provide kitty a nutrient-rich diet. Potassium, taurine and protein, among other nutrients, play an important role in a geriatric cat’s diet.

Water intake

The other factor that deserves notice when you are feeding a geriatric cat is the water intake. Just as the taste response in a cat lessens as it grows older, so does the thirst response. So, don’t be surprised to find kitty show no interest in its bowl of water. However, this means only that you will have to take greater effort to feed a geriatric cat more water. You must remember that chronic dehydration can actually worsen a disease that your cat may already be suffering from.

Why You Should Not Food Your Pet Table Scraps

May 29th, 2012 2:01 am

When you have pets at home, especially dogs and cats, you can be really tempted to feed them with leftovers from your meal. But veterinarians and other animal experts frown upon doing this.

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What you can give your cat off the table: Some table scraps aren’t harmful or toxic for your cat. Steak, chicken and carrots are three table scraps that are completely OK for cats. In fact, the first two are a better protein source for your cat than commercially available cat food. However, make sure these do not have any preservatives added.

What not to give your cat off the table: The list of things that you cannot give your cat from the table is much longer. Salts, fats, sugar, greasy food, salty food, sweet food, chocolate, caffeine, and food with seasonings are all harmful for your cat. Food with onion and garlic can also be toxic for cats as they cause a type of anemia in them. Avocado, raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure in cats. Tomatoes, something that is common in human diet, are also harmful for cats. Avoid giving anything that contains these ingredients to your cat.

Also, other reasons not to feed cats table scraps include:

The cat might get used to begging for food and beg for food every time you and your family sit down to eat

The cat might get satiated with table scraps and refuse to eat its own, nutritious food

The cat can become malnourished if it eats only table scraps

Human food might be tastier for the cat and it might refuse to eat cat food

With all these reasons in mind, it is safe to say that feeding cats table scraps should be avoided.

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