Food and Nutrition

Feeding Adult Cats
The amount of food that cats need varies widely between individuals and is influenced by the cat's size, activity and condition. Feeding guides appropriate for the cat’s weight and lifestyle should help provide the correct quantity of food for your cat. Scientific studies have shown, that when allowed continuous access to food, cats tend to adopt a pattern of small, frequent meals throughout the whole 24-hour period. However, in practice cats readily adapt to different feeding schedules imposed by their owners and are commonly fed 2 meals per day.

Cats have very decided tastes in food and can be downright fussy - and unlike dogs, cats may refuse food that they don't like, almost to the point of starvation.

Fresh drinking water must be available at all times, particularly if your cat is eating dry food. Try to monitor how much your cat is drinking and seek prompt medical attention if there are sudden changes in water intake, as these could signify the onset of a number of medical conditions. Bear in mind that cats may choose to drink from other sources than their water bowl, including outdoor puddles, taps or even the toilet.

Although many cats will regulate their food intake well, a certain number of cats will overeat. If your cat is overweight, you may have to restrict the quantity of food given at any one meal. Also, you should stop giving titbits and cut out any between-meal treats. Make sure the neighbours are not feeding her without your knowledge! Inactive housebound cats are more prone to become overweight than active animals who race around outdoors – playing with your cat can significantly increase her activity level and will help to keep her slim and fit!

If your cat is noticeably overweight, consult your veterinarian who can suggest a special weight loss programme including a low calorie diet, which allows a gradual, controlled weight reduction under close supervision. Never put your cat on a severely restricted diet, as this can potentially be harmful and may even be fatal to some cats.
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