The cat’s meal is an important moment for the well-being and health of the animal. It should not be given in any haphazard manner and must follow strict rules.
1. Self-service kibbles
Yes, not too much anyway! The cat is an animal that likes to snack throughout the day and night and knows how to self-regulate. He is hungry, he eats. It’s that simple. It is therefore recommended to always leave food available.
Single and fixed meals (for example morning and evening) can become a source of stress for the cat and even promote weight gain . He will tend to stuff himself and make reservations, knowing that the next meal will not be right away. Indeed, the cat has the habit of eating 10 to 16 meals a day with only a few kibbles at a time. No need to go against his nature!
A word of advice: do not feed your cat as soon as you wake up . You might give him the bad habit of getting out of bed when Mister is hungry …
2. A well placed bowl
The location of the cat’s bowl is very important for its well-being. It is obvious that the bowl should not be placed in the same room as its litter . Would you like it if your toilet was in your kitchen?
The ideal is to set up your dining place in a quiet, clean and elevated place . And do not forget to regularly clean its bowls , because the cat’s smell is particularly sharp.
3. Ban table scraps and sweets
Animals are not table bins. Like dogs, cats are particularly sensitive to the odors that emanate from our plates. But don’t give in ! If everyone has their own food, there is a reason.
If your cat gets into the habit of eating like you, he may get fat, have digestive problems, spend his time asking for food or even no longer want to touch his bowl. In addition, certain foods can be particularly dangerous for his health .
4. No sudden variations in diet
If your cat is used to eating only kibble and you suddenly decide to give him food or to change the brand of kibble, choose a smooth transition . So, for a week, gradually incorporate the new food into the bowl. In fact, too sudden a change in diet can have an impact on the digestive system of the cat and on its behavior.
The ideal is to favor a diet based on dry croquettes and wet foods (boxes, meats). Indeed, the cat hydrates mainly through its food, hence the importance of offering him wet food every day.
5. Don’t leave food in the air for too long
Cats feel the slightest change in their food. If the food has been in contact with the air for more than 3 hours , they will certainly not want to touch it. Indeed, it does not please anyone to eat a rancid food … So think of cleaning the remains regularly.
6. Serve warm
The mash should be served lukewarm, otherwise the cat will not want to touch it. If food comes out of the refrigerator or microwave, it is therefore advisable to wait until it returns to normal temperature .
7. Favor grain-free croquettes
Cereal-free kibbles contain more protein and are therefore closer to the cat’s natural nutritional needs . Indeed, our feline friends are pure carnivores and they require a diet that is as similar as possible to what they could find in nature.