Cats are very opinionated about food, and from a young age need to be exposed to different types so they can form their preferences early on. If you have a kitten, it’s important to start exposing them to both wet, dry, and semi-dry foods. Whether your cat is a picky eater or a little pudgy, she will definitely let you know how she feels about what you put in her bowl, so start the good habits early!
Choose Balanced Food
It’s been a big fad to eliminate grains and carbs from cat food, however they aren’t necessarily bad. Carbs can make dry food more valuable while still allowing your cat to get the protein and fat it needs. As long as there aren’t too many carbs, they are okay. Vegetarian diets are not recommended for your beloved companion, as it doesn’t allow for specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary to their diet. Here's a cat food you can try.
How Much Food, & How Often?
When cats are first born, they will be eating at least 3 times a day. As they get older, around 4 months, is when you switch to twice a day. Your cat should be getting around a 200 calorie diet, depending on how active she is and how much she weighs. Cats tend to nibble on their food throughout the day, but a good rule of thumb is to feed in the morning and at night. Here's a simple way to make sure your cat's food bowls are easily accessible.
Although homemade food may seem like a healthy alternative to store-bought cat food, it’s always a good idea to consult a nutritionist first, to ensure your cat is receiving the proper nutrients. A balanced diet is crucial to a cat’s health, and wet and dry food are already formulated to give your cat just that. If you decide to go homemade, make sure you include fully cooked proteins like chicken and fish.