Cat Food Related Problems and Disorders

Cat food should be given after knowing what is being fed to the cat. Cats do not like all types of food. Some cats dislike dry food and some dislike canned/wet food. Some cats develop allergies from certain foods. Semi-wet cat food is good for cats in the long run. 

Cats are fussy eaters, specially household cats. They develop liking or disliking for some specific food and later on they refuse to eat everything else which is very important for their health. Just as there are chances that a cat might overeat, similarly, there are chances that the cat may refuse to eat the food that is served and thus lose weight. In each case there are specific steps that the owner can take in order to improve the cat’s health.

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Finicky Cats

Cats are well known for being selective and choosy about their food. Cat owners often have to throw away food just because their cat would simply refuse to eat it. In such a case there are many different actions that the owner can take: It might be the case that the cat does not like the taste of the particular feline food served to it or is bored of it. In order to avoid such a situation two types/flavors of food should always be served to the cat. This can be done by putting two food bowls at the same place with different  food in each. The flavor/ type of cat food should be changed when the owner observes that the cat has stopped eating that particular food. The problem might be that the food bowl is not cleaned regularly. Bowls should be cleaned at least once a day. Sometimes cats like extra attention; owners should stand next to the cat while it’s feeding or even try feeding with hand. In this case, even tempting with home cooked treats might work like small piece of chicken or lamb etc.

In multiple cat household, the reason for not eating food could be that the cat is extremely territorial and does not like sharing. The cat’s food bowl should be moved some distance away from other cats’ and then gentle words should be used by the owner to woo the cat into eating. Cats which are fussy eaters are more likely to be older cats. Veterinarian must be consulted if an old cat does not eat an entire day; adult cat does not eat for two days and if a kitten misses even one meal.

Obese Cats

About 25% of domestic indoor cats suffer from obesity. A cat is said to be overweight if it has around 30% more weight than a normal cat. Owners can easily find out if their cat is overweight if:

  1. The cat has a hanging stomach; most cats tend to gain weight mainly on the stomach region.
  2. Second check is if the ribs cannot be felt when the owner touches the rib cage.
  3. Thirdly if the cat has developed a double chin which gives a puffy appearance to the face.

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Precautionary Measures for Obesity

The best way to prevent overweight problems in cats is through precautionary measures.

  • If food is served all day long, it should now be served at intervals.
  • Owners should avoid giving high calorie treats to the cat in the middle of the day.
  • Kibbles that are easily chew-able and digestible should be fed to the cat.
  • Food that contains sodium nitrate should especially be avoided.
  • Low quality food and food with artificial preservatives should be switched to high quality fresh food.

 

Updated: 31/01/2017 — 12:31 am
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