Feeding your cat well is essential to maintain his good health and lifestyle. He needs food that meets his nutritional needs and respects his eating habits. In cats, eating is a pleasant and rewarding ritual moment that does not have a social factor like in dogs. When and how to feed your cat? Find out the answer in this purring article!
When to feed your cat?
The cat enjoys making several small meals during the day. There is no need to establish regular hours like a dog, as tomcats eat 10 to 16 small meals of a few kibbles on a 24-hour cycle. So it’s more of a snack bar that needs self-service food.
However, since not all cats know how to ration, it is advisable to spread the ration throughout the day. Indeed, self-service does not imply that the cat must eat at will, otherwise he can quickly become obese. Prepare his daily ration based on the manufacturer’s instructions and give it in several instalments. This distributed distribution helps the animal to become self-sufficient and well regulated.
However, be careful not to fall into the opposite excess! Rationing your pet too much can stress him out and cause him to crave food every time for fear of shortage. Trust him to learn to ration himself from an early age. And choose a quality food, less fat and better balanced than the low prices! Your cat will need to eat less to be satisfied, while eating better.
How to feed your cat?
Your cat needs well-balanced food rations. On average, he needs 40 to 50 grams of food per kilo of body weight. However, this data may vary depending on the type of food chosen and the brand.
What food? What food?
The cat’s ideal food consists of 50% boiled meat or fish, 20% cereals, 20% cooked green vegetables and 10% vitamin supplements and oils. To respect this balance, several solutions are available to you:
- Homemade food: it’s ideal, but you’ll quickly find that preparing a complete and balanced diet for your cat every day takes time and energy! You may get tired of it very quickly. If you can’t devote your time to it, simply avoid it and rely on a ready-made, high-quality diet, as you may not be able to provide it with what it needs.
- Kibbles: simple, practical, easy to give – especially if you use a vending machine – they have everything right. However, it is important to choose a quality brand to cover your nutritional needs and respect your health every day.
- Paste: it is advisable not to overuse it, but it is practical for older cats who have difficulty chewing, to moisturize a cat who drinks little or to give a drug discreetly. However, here again, think quality!
The cat appreciates regularity. If he likes to eat, he especially likes to eat the same thing. Variety is not his strong suit. So if you want to please him, respect his transit and avoid changing his menus regularly; you could displease him, disturb him and especially cause him digestive problems.
If you need to change your diet, such as from pâtée to kibble or to a higher quality brand of kibble, it is not advisable to make abrupt changes. The cat needs to be gently accustomed to the new and gradually to the new. Otherwise, you may be refused because he does not recognize his usual diet, or digestive disorders, because his body must get used to another formula. To do this, mix the two brands at 50/50, then reduce the gap until only the new formula is given.
Do not serve him a diet that is too hot or too cold, he appreciates temperate food. If you serve him food (in a reasonable amount), make sure he eats it relatively quickly; if he doesn’t finish it, throw the rest away after 3 hours so he doesn’t leave it lying around in the heat.
Water is essential for cats. It is an animal that drinks little, so it is necessary to provide it in its diet, either by choosing food (from time to time and reasonably), or by making its own meals.
On the other hand, never give your food leftovers to your pet. The cat does not have the same needs as you and a human diet is generally too salty and unbalanced to meet the expectations of its body.
Where to feed your cat?
The location of your cat’s bowl is very important for her balance. It is essential to place it in a quiet and clean space… and especially far from the litter box! Many owners tend to gather the bowls and “toilets” in a small space, but this is a mistake, because the cat is very sensitive to odours. In fact, would you enjoy eating in your toilet yourself? Also remember to wash his bowls very regularly.
To please your pet and encourage him to exercise, place his bowl high; indeed, the cat likes to look for and consume his food while dominating his little world.
Finally, you should know that contrary to popular belief, your cat does not cuddle you just to have something to eat! The tomcat is routine and cuddling is part of his day. In addition, your caresses release her endorphins, which are hormones of happiness, which gives her an appetite! No wonder then that he comes to you for hugs at about the same time and that these moments of tenderness precede his meals!