It is essential to provide a balanced diet for your cat to ensure they stay fit and healthy. It is important not to let your cat eat dog food as their nutritional requirements are different. Cats need more protein in their diets than many other animals and unbalanced diets can cause medical problems. Therefore, it is recommended to stick to a reputable cat food, which includes all of the vital nutrients that cats need.
We recommend Hill’s Vet Essentials cat foods, as their formulations are constantly updated to ensure the optimum health of your cat. Hill’s diets are fixed in the formulation, which means that ingredients do not vary, whereas some other pet foods may have different ingredients, and this can cause digestive upset. Hill’s Vet Essentials cover all conceivable medical problems by providing prescription diets. If your pet is already accustomed to Hill’s food, the change to one of the prescription diets is simple.
The quantity of food your cat needs will depend on their life stage, activity level and general health. How often you feed your cat will also depend on their life stage. For example, kittens have smaller stomachs and therefore should be fed little and often.
However, it is advisable to still feed adult cats several small meals a day instead of one big bowl of food to avoid lack of activity causing boredom. Hill’s Vet Essentials instructs how much your cat will need per day; it is then to be divided into the chosen number of meals. By weighing the food you will ensure that you do not under/overfeed your cat.
Cats will not eat their food if certain factors are not right, such as the location of their food. They do not like to eat or drink near their litter tray, so it is important to place the bowls in a separate location. Most cats will not eat near other cats, so in a multi-cat household offer their food bowls in separate areas to avoid competition. Cats are very fussy when it comes to eating and this could be related to something so simple as the wrong type of bowl. Most cats prefer to eat and drink from ceramic or metal bowls instead of plastic as they are sensitive to taste and plastic taints the water. Water is essential as most cats are lactose intolerant and therefore should not be given cow’s milk. Formulated cat milk can be given, but it advisable to only give in occasional small amounts. Milk should never be given instead of water and it is vital that they are provided with fresh water daily.
If you are interested in trying the recommended Hill’s Vet Essential cat foods, please speak to one of our nurses who will help to set up a plan for your feline friend. To see all our contact details, please click here.