Proper feeding is unquestionably one of the most important factors in raising and maintaining a healthy cat. Be sure that the foods you choose to feed your cat are 100% nutritionally complete for the particular stage of your cat’s life. A good quality cat food will supply all the protein, minerals, and vitamins needed.
Cats should not be fed human food, dog food, or guesswork diets. Cats are unique pets that require specific nutrients in balanced amounts, in other words, a diet that is scientifically formulated for the cat. The best way to provide a nutritionally complete, proper diet for your cat is to feed it a regular diet of quality commercial cat food which is backed by years of extensive knowledge in feline nutrition. Pet foods are one area where you usually get what you pay for! We urge you to use Science Dietfoods. See PREMIUM PET FOODS for more information.
Young kittens should be fed frequently, at least four times/day. Because a kitten is growing rapidly, it will need a diet specially formulated for this life stage, with extra protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. Science Diet Feline Growth food fits these requirements.
After the cat reaches adulthood, you should start feeding a maintenance formula. These foods will keep your cat healthy and happy while preventing obesity and excess amounts of other nutrients that may be harmful to vital internal organs. Science Diet Feline Maintenance is ideal for most young adult cats.
It is best to maintain consistency in the diet. Cats do not need a variety of foods, unless you have taught them to expect that. It is important to preserve routine feeding in a cat. Always feed at the same time and in the same place. There should always be fresh water available for your cat. Change the water
HELPFUL HINTS FOR FEEDING YOUR CAT:
• Feed a diet that is 100% complete and balanced for the cat’s particular life stage: pediatric, adulthood, and senior cat.
• Provide plenty of fresh drinking water for your cat at all times.
• Do not substitute milk for water, or milk for a meal of solid food. Milk will cause diarrhea in cats.
• Do not feed your cat table scraps. This is not a complete and balanced diet, and can lead to nutritional excesses or deficiencies and future health problems.
• Do not feed your cat raw fish because it contains thiaminase, an enzyme that destroys Vitamin B1.
• Do not feed your cat any food that may contain small sharp bones (such as chicken bones). These bones may splinter and cause choking or digestive problems.
• Avoid feeding raw meats because of the possibility of parasitic or bacterial infections.
• Excessive raw egg whites in the diet may lead to certain vitamin deficiencies.
• Avoid supplements not recommended by your veterinarian. Quality commercial cat foods contain everything the pet needs in most cases. Indiscriminate supplementation can create nutritional excesses that can be harmful