Feeding Fluffy

Does your kitty get a bit overdramatic when she spots the bottom of her food bowl? If so, you’re not alone! Cats can be pretty theatrical about food. You can’t really blame them for that: after all, proper nutrition is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. Feeding Fluffy isn’t rocket science, but there are some things to keep in mind. An Aurora, CO vet offers a few tips on this below.

Canned Over Kibble

Wet and dry foods both have their own pros and cons. However, kibble has less moisture and water content, and can be quite high in carbs. As a general rule of thumb, canned food, or a combination of wet and dry, is superior to just kibble. However, every cat is different, so ask your vet for more information.

Read Labels

Get into the habit of reading labels. Meat, fish, or poultry should be listed first, and more often than anything else. Avoid foods with a lot of carb-heavy fillers, like corn and wheat. Your vet can give you more advice on this.

Purrsonalized Menu

Fluffy’s dietary needs will change over time. They may also be affected by any health issues she develops. A kitten, an arthritic senior cat, and an obese indoor kitty will all have different nutritional requirements. Ask your vet for specific information.

Don’t Fall For Meowpulation

If your furball goes into hysterics if she doesn’t get a fourth breakfast, but is getting a bit round, you may need to steel yourself: that plaintive meow could be a lie.

Offer Lots Of Water

Make sure Fluffy always has fresh, clean H20. Your feline pal may appreciate a kitty fountain.

Make Changes Slowly

Try to avoid changing Fluffy’s food too often. If you do need to make adjustments, do so slowly, and start by mixing the two foods.

Don’t Overdo It With Treats

Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard. Pamper Fluffy with toys, catnip, and affection instead of food. When you do give her treats, opt for store-bought ones or things you know are safe, like canned tuna or plain, cooked fish or chicken without the skin, bones, or fat.

Consult Your Vet

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask your vet for specific tips. That’s what we’re here for!

Do you have questions or concerns about your feline friend’s diet? Contact us, your Aurora, CO animal hospital, today!

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