As anyone who has taken a stroll down the pet food isle may have noticed, there is an almost overwhelming number of cat food choices. We recommend choosing a high quality brand and then a variety that is appropriate for your cat, whether it be kitten, senior, hairball or weight control, etc. Do not feed your cat any type of dog food as the nutritional needs are completely different. Also the fact that cats are obligate carnivores means that they cannot do well for any length of time on a strict vegetarian diet.
Most high quality brands will print feeding recommendations on the bag. Every cat’s energy needs are different, but these recommendations provide a good starting point. We do not recommend leaving out a large bowl full of food each day. Most cats will overindulge with this method. If your cat prefers wet and dry food, then you will have to feed less than recommended for both foods to account for the calories in the other type of food. If you are having difficulty keeping your pet at a healthy weight, then it would be a good idea to schedule an appointment to set up an individualized weight loss plan for your pet.
If you are looking for a good treat for your cat then look for low calorie options. You can also take some of your cat’s daily kibble allowance to use as a treat. This will reduce the size of the main meal, but is a good healthy alternative to treats. Finally, you can show your pet how much you really care when they are begging for food by giving them love, attention and some healthy exercise instead of treats. We think most pets would agree that time with their favorite person is far better than a treat that is gone in a swallow.