Benefits The right choice for cat food
Pleasing Your Cat’s Palate
When choosing a cat food, check that the label says it meets the standards set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That ensures that the food meets at least the minimum nutritional needs of your cat.
You can ignore terms like “gourmet,” “premium,” “super-premium,” and “natural,” which have no standard definition.
You can ask your vet what type of food (wet or dry) they recommend for your cat.
Once you’ve made your choice, let your cat do a taste test. If your cat likes the food and doesn’t have any gastrointestinal upsets (such as diarrhea) afterward, you’ve chosen well.
However, if your cat doesn’t like the food, you need to be prepared to offer options. Cats often will go on hunger strikes rather than eat something they don’t like, says Murray, and such strikes are dangerous.
“A cat that won’t eat can suffer from liver failure and get fatally ill,” she says. “They can get themselves into big trouble.”
If you do need to switch from one food to another, introduce the new food gradually, in small amounts over a week. This helps prevent your cat from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.
Feeding Time, Portion Size, and Snacks
How much food will your cat need? It depends on some factors you might not expect.
For example, is your cat an indoor or outdoor animal? Has your cat been spayed or neutered? Both affect your cat’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to seek advice from your vet, who will determine your cat’s ideal weight and daily calorie count.