Feeding cats can seem complicated and require a level of expertise, but there are some essential rules that every owner needs to know. Gaye Flagg shares them here in this concise guide for new cat owners.

Written by Gaye Flagg

Ask any vet and they will tell you that much like in humans, obesity is a huge issue with cats. There is a very simple formula for making absolutely certain your cat stays within normal weight range - Feed her less! You owe it to your cat to provide the best nutrition possible. If you ate junky, fattening foods all day long, would you expect to stay healthy? Of course you wouldn't! Then why would you expect it of your cat?

If you are providing an inexpensive grocery-store brand, consider making the switch to a higher-quality brand. Pet store chains and Mom & Pop stores all carry reputable brands that are formulated for every imaginable situation. There are weight-loss formulas, indoor-only types and others for certain health conditions such as chronic urinary tract issues. Discuss with your vet what type of food would be best for your cat's specific needs and then gradually make the switch.

Treats are exactly that - Treats. They are not a regular part of your cat's diet and should be given sparingly. A few more rules -
  • Provide the best food possible that you can afford to
  • Discuss food types and your cat's individual needs with your vet
  • Switch foods gradually
If you stick to these rules, your cat will be doing just fine. If you want to educate yourself even more about feline nutrition, we have a huge selection of guides and articles right here on the site -
How To Choose The Right Food For Your Cat
How To Choose The Best Dry Cat Food
A Scientific Take On Cat Nutrition By Dr Rachel Boltz
How Much Food Should I Feed My Cat
By Products In Cat Food 5 Facts You Need To Know

You can find even more articles in our Cat Food & Feeding articles section. If you still have any questions, post them in the cat nutrition forum and our members will try and help you out!

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