Furholics – Getting Your Cat’s Diet Right

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There are some foods that are good for cats and some that are not.
Today, We take a look at the pros and cons of each in order for you to ensure your cats are in good health and getting the right nutrition.
Why is packaged food preferable for your Cats ?
All cats don’t eat a variety of food to take care of all their nutritional needs. They have their preferences and tend to eat only that food that they develop a taste for. So, giving packaged food is a good idea sine it contains the right composition of minerals, fatty acids etc. Also, some food brands offer antihairball formulation options and are rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids which are essential in a cat’s diet.
Though cats need a lot of animal protein, the bacteria on raw meat like salmonella and E Colli can make your cat very sick, hence cooked meat is a much better choice.
Though cats are carnivores they can get some part of their nutritional requirements from carrots, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, cheese, yoghurt. A bit of banana and papaya is good for them. Watermelon contains Vitamin A and C and meets your cat’s needs to chew on greenery. Small treats of this can help in digestion. You must talk to your veterinarian to fix a good diet chart, especially if you are a cook-at-home parent.
Taurine is an essential component in a cats diet. Take your pick from shellfish and clams, hearts and liver in red meat and poultry and dish a tasty meal. Cheese is a great occassional treat long as your cat can digest it well. Taurine helps cats in normal vision, the heart functioning, digestion and more. If your cat has digestive problems, then there are things like cat cbd that is proven to help with this. CBD oil is pet safe and can help with many different health concerns, such as pain, anxiety, indigestion etc.

Bad Foods for Cats

Dog food as an occasional snack is fine. It contains lesser fatty acids so, as an everyday meal definitely no.

Liver is a treat to be given sometimes. Excess can cause vitamin A toxicity which is potentially fatal. Also, it can lead to deformed bones, osteoporosis.

Toxins in chocolate can cause arrhythmia, seizures, tremors and death. Methylxanthines, theobromine, and caffeine are a strict never!

Don’t even think about giving your kitty alcohol.

Cooked bones splinter easily and can cause the cat to choke. Be careful.

Keep onions and garlic away as the theosulphane and n-propyl disulphide are extremely dangerous to cats.

Grapes and raisins can lead to toxicity.

Human supplements, coffee, coconut milk are not to be given to cats.

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan