Tips for Feeding Fluffy

Does your kitty wake you up when she wants breakfast right meow? Does she rub against your legs when she’s hungry, or come running if you pop a can open? Fluffy takes her 13 daily meals very seriously … and so should you. After all, proper nutrition is very important, both for cats and people! A Chesapeake, VA vet discusses feeding your feline friend in this article.

Read Labels

It isn’t always easy picking out the right brand of cat food. Every company uses slick marketing tactics to make their products look great. Get into the habit of reading labels. This can be complicated, but in a nutshell, you want to go with brands that list meat, fish, or poultry first and most often. It’s also best to stick with foods that use ingredients you can actually identify.

Make Changes Slowly

Kitties have quite sensitive tummies. If you change Fluffy’s food, do it slowly, over the course of several days.

Portion Control

Did you know that feeding Fluffy just ten calories extra each day can cause her to gain a pound a year? That’s a lot for a cat! Pay attention to serving sizes.

Offer Safe Treats

Treats are actually quite beneficial for kitties. Just stick with healthy options. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken is fine. Fluffy can also have store-bought treats or canned, boneless chicken or fish.

Don’t Fall For The Meow

Many of our feline patients have their owners firmly wrapped around their paws. Is Fluffy is getting pudgy, but turning into a little drama queen when she spots the bottom of her food bowl? You may have a furry little diva on your hands! Follow your vet’s recommendations, not your pet’s ‘meowpulation’ tactics.

Use Whisker-Friendly Bowls

Does your cat take food out of her dish and eat off the floor? Whisker fatigue may be to blame. Fluffy’s little kitty antennas are very sensitive. This can make it unpleasant for her when they touch the sides of her bowl. Opt for a shallower bowl or plate.

Water, Water Everywhere

Make sure your furry pal always has fresh water. Many cats prefer to drink running water. You may want to get your kitty a fountain, and see how she likes it.

Do you have questions about your pet’s diet or care? Contact us, your Chesapeake, VA vet clinic, today. We are here to help!

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