Tips for Feeding Fluffy

Is your feline pal finicky? Or will she gobble up anything you put in her plate? Proper nutrition is very important to your pet’s health and well-being. However, feeding Fluffy does require a bit more than just filling her bowl with kibble. Here, a Lafayette, LA vet discusses kitty nutrition.

Labels

It isn’t always easy to pick the best brand of food, especially with so many companies using slick marketing techniques and declaring their product superior. Get into the habit of reading labels. Choose brands that lists meat as the first and most numerous ingredient. Be careful of tricky wording here: for example, something that is labeled ‘chicken flavor’ may only need to contain trace amounts of chicken. Ask your vet for more information.

Wet Food Vs. Kibble

Canned and dry food both have their own pros and cons. Dry food keeps longer, and is also cheaper. However, many types of kibble, especially lower-quality brands, contain lots of carb-heavy fillers, like wheat, which aren’t really the best things for cats. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Portion Sizes

Portion sizes are very important when it comes to feeding Fluffy. Even giving your kitty just ten calories too many each day can cause her to pack on extra pounds! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Sanitation

Be sure to keep your pet’s dishes clean! Wash Fluffy’s dishes daily to keep grime and bacteria from building up. Some of our feline buddies take food out of their bowls and eat off the floor. Putting a tray or place mat under your cats’ dishes can make it easier for you to clean up after her. You may also want to try putting your kitty’s food in a small plate instead of a bowl. It’s possible that cats do this because they don’t like the feeling of their whiskers touching the bowl’s edges.

Treats

Like most of our animal companions, kitties love snacks. While many people think of milk as the ultimate cat treat, it actually isn’t the best thing for Fluffy. In fact, many of our feline friends are lactose-intolerant. However, Fluffy can have some canned tuna in water; shredded deli meat; sodium-free broth; or cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken without the skin, bones, or fat. Store-bought treats are also fine.

Please contact us, your Lafayette, LA vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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