How to wisely feed a cat lazy?
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On the packaging of each food there is a detailed instruction on the size of the daily dose for a cat. If we combine dry meals with wet meals, we have to proportionally select their appropriate portions. Why it might be beneficial? Well, dry food is 3 times more concentrated in a portion and should be given to the cat on average 3 times less than wet food. Meanwhile, the practice is reversed in most homes…
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Also remember that some innocent-looking snacks from our human fridge, such as. a slice of ham or cheese are not only caloric, but also harmful to the cat's kidneys. In addition to the fact that they contain ingredients (even natural) that can harm our cat, they also have the calorific value per serving as one sachet of wet food. So do an examination of conscience and double-check what the cat gets and what it should. A properly selected complete food, whether dry or wet, in measured portions is a safe and optimal choice.
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How to choose a cat bowl? The answer to this question is not so simple. The choice is huge, but metal and ceramic bowls are currently the most popular. No wonder - they are durable, easy to maintain and very effective. And they are usually neutral to the cat's nose - they do not change the smell of water and food. However, the material is not everything. How much food can fit inside also matters. Avoid both too small and too large containers. The cat bowl should be approx. 0.45l capacity (the one with water may be a bit larger to avoid spilling the liquid on the floor).Annoying bowl (click to view) When choosing a bowl, pay attention to whether it fulfills its functions and suits your cat. Every third cat is so sensitive to smells that it does not want to drink or eat from metal (and even plastic bowls with an intense smell). Bowls that are too deep cause the cat to nibble its whiskers on its edge while eating and drinking, which can upset it and even make it quit eating. Some cats like to take food out of the bowl with their paws and also drink from their paws - in such situations, as important as the bowl, the placemat under the bowl turns out to be.
Hunting for a meal
Currently, there are many interesting solutions for interactive cat feeding, which you can also read about here. In addition to choosing the right accessories, we should organize them in optimal points of our cat's territory. An interesting solution may be to hide several smaller food bowls at different points in the apartment, so that your cat has to jump on a cupboard / chair or in the bathtub to eat his portion. You can set up a slalom from rolls of toilet paper and guide your cat through it with a feather rod, and at the end of the challenge there should be a cat snack. Remember to exercise between meals as your motivation will be stronger and your activity will be safer.
Tendency to gain weight after sterilization
Within a month of the treatment, cats start to eat more and, if they have the opportunity to do so, gain weight. Unlimited access to food and its high fat content in a cat's diet may contribute to this occasion. The latest state of knowledge collected in "The position of the FEDIAF Scientific Council - Carbohydrates ", discusses this issue. That is why it is so important to provide a high level of protein in relation to a moderately low level of fat in post-treatment cat food. If our cat has a ravenous appetite and likes to eat more, we should give him moist meals that are larger in volume and not necessarily more caloric. See the table below with average values for the average daily portions of Sterilized foods, such as Purina® CatChow® Sterilized, Purina® ONE® Sterilized and Purina® Pro Plan® Sterilized.
An average, even not very mobile cat should not have a tendency to gain weight, as long as we follow the above recommendations and more or less (+/- 10-15%) of the food dosage (detailed recommendations can be found on the packaging of a specific food).
If your cat has been a lazy cat for a long time and suffers as a result of overweight or obesity - its daily calorie requirement will be almost half lower. Therefore, in order to lose it safely, it will be necessary to reach for a special veterinary diet Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diet Feline OM St / Ox Obesity Management, under the supervision of a veterinarian.