Adult Cat Feeding Tips

July 30, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Food & Nutrition

Are you having adult cat? Are you feeding your kitty the same feed you have started at its young age? No! You should not feed the same stuff and quantity. Adult cat feeding requires extensive research before opting the same. Fat and protein levels should be at correct proportion while feeding adult cat in order to maintain healthy body condition.

The adult cat foods are available in two forms- Wet and Dry. The choice of wet or dry depends on your choice as well as by your kitties too. The main advantage of feeding dry feed to cat is that it removes the plaque from the teeth. Your cat will chew the feed for quite along period, which is good for health. Some of the cats always prefer wet food as it fresh and tasty for them. You should not serve your cat with food with extreme cool or hot.  Some times, you can provide wet food in the morning and dry food in the evening.

Some of the owners prefer to provide table waste or small quantity of food fed by hand as a token of affection to them. But it is not advisable as human foods are rich in calories as well as salt, which is injurious to health of the cat. Instead of feeding these stuffs, you can go for commercial treats. While offering commercial treats, try to reduce the main meal quantity. Even you can ask your vet what can be offered as feed for adult cats as a last resort.

Most of the cat owners trying to find out how much quantity should be given for feeding. The thumb rule is  a healthy, active 8-lb adult cat requires about 30 calories per pound per day. The cats prefer several small meals a day. But this is inconvenient to the owners. It is very easy to make the cats to adopt larger meals or two meals a day. As you know very well that they are natural grazers in reality, providing some dry food in between meals fits your kitty very well.

In addition to this, you should feed the adult cat in the same place and at the same times each day, which is some what away from noisy place of your home. The feeding place should be cleaned regularly or you can use a feeding mat. The food should be placed in a  metal or ceramic bowl.

Cat and Diabetes

July 21, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Cat also suffers from diabetes unlike human beings. Feline diabetes is of two types- Type-1-diabetes and Type-2-diabetes. Feline diabetes will occur in any age. When there is an insufficient production of insulin, it is termed as Type-1, whereas Type-2 occurs due to inability of the cat’s body to process insulin more effectively.

Apart from these two types of diabetes, cats may suffer from secondary feline diabetes(Type-3 diabetes), which may be caused by drugs or by some diseases such as chronic pancreatitis, and hormonal diseases that may injure the natural processing of insulin in the body.

How to find your cat is suffering from diabetes?

If your cat is showing frequent urination as well as thirst, it would be a preliminary symptom of diabetes. The diabetic cat may lose weight as their body is unable to process or handle glucose. Apart from this, feline diabetes affected cat may show general weakness, loss of ability and vomiting. Some of the affected cats may exhibit breathing abnormalities as well as poor skin and coat condition.

How to confirm your cat is suffering from feline diabetes?

When your cat exhibits any one of the symptoms discussed above, do subject your pet cat for lab analysis of blood and urine. It is necessary to perform both the tests because the stressed cat may show elevated blood sugar levels.

Is feline diabetes curable?

No!!! Just like that of human beings feline diabetes is incurable. But you can control the blood sugar level by adopting different techniques such as weight control and diet control. The obese cats may be fed with high fiber diet as well as complex carbohydrates. These type of diets will control the weight of the cat as well as blood sugar level.

There are few oral medications available over-the-counter at medical shop to counteract diabetes in cats. You can browse the net to get those details.

The blood glucose level of your cat should be monitored regularly in order to keep the things on check. In advance cases of feline diabetes, vet usually advises the pet cat owners to go for insulin injections. If the owner is giving insulin injection, the pet owner should be very careful as there is every possibility of over dosage of insulin.

Now, you can come to a conclusion that feline diabetes can be treated and no more should be considered as death sentence for your pet cat. Just working with your vet, you can simply prolong your cat’s life like anything.

How to make your cat to lose weight?

July 06, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Obese cats are really a problem maker for cat owners, because these cats are prone for skin problems, liver problems, orthopedic problems and diabetes. In short, we can say that cat health care for these pets are very challenging. Moreover, overweight cats face lives that are shorter and often uncomfortable. Don’t lose your heart! There are so many ways to make your cat to lose weight.

The first and foremost thing you should consider is DIET. In wild, the cats are true carnivores. They will satisfy their nutritional requirements by feeding on animal flesh as they are not in a position to synthesize the necessary amino acids and fatty acids from other food sources. Most of the dry foods available for cats from market are rich in carbohydrate and low in protein, which is not good for the cat health.

Diets rich in carbohydrates will lead to obesity because cats are unable to process carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrates will be stored as fats. A perfect feline diet should contain less than 10% carbohydrates. These carbohydrates should be highly digestible-potato and rice.

If you provide your cat with high protein diets, say more than 45%, there is every possibility of losing weight from your cat. Research studies confirm this fact.

The next best alternative is going for canned foods. Most of the canned foods are rich in protein and low carbohydrate. Ad libitum feeding is not advisable to cats because cats typically overeat when they have a constant supply of food.

The diet requirement for an averaged weighing adult cat should not be more than 160 to 200 kcal per day, divided into 2 to 4 feedings.

Exercising your cat daily will also help to lose few pounds. You can provide few playthings to mimic the natural living activity of the cats. Commonly available exercising tips include Multivet Slimcat Cat Toy Ball Feeder (Search Amazon), Fishing rod type toys etc. will keep your cat busy to shed their excess fat.