Cats are carnivores, meaning their natural diet consists only of meat. However, it's common to see outdoor cats eating grass and other plants, to help their digestion and the natural passing of hairballs.
Organic food is on-trend, even in the pet food market. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the frequently asked questions around organic food, such as what the term ‘Organic‘ actually means, and how organic cat food differs from other types of cat food. We’ll also examine the rules that affect how foods are classified as Organic, and whether Organic foods are really free from artificial hormones, antibiotics and growth enhancers.
It’s not just people who are becoming increasingly larger – our cats are suffering too! For this natural predator, normally so agile and flexible, being overweight can be just as dangerous as it is for humans. Too much feline flab overloads the joints, as well as disrupting the metabolism and creating a vicious circle: if you’re overweight you don’t want to move, and if you don’t move you gain more and more weight. But how exactly do you put your overweight cat on a “diet plan”?
Virtually all cat owners have come into contact with the term 'BARF', but many animal lovers are not really sure what to make of this unknown quantity. What actually is 'BARF', why is 'biologically appropriate raw food' meant to be so healthy for cats and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this feeding method?
Around two-thirds of all cat owners think that their pet suffers to a greater or lesser extent from a food intolerance that has an impact upon its general state of health and predominantly the quality of its skin and fur. However, only in around a quarter of cases does an intolerance towards a food or certain ingredient manifest itself in the form of repeated vomiting and/or diarrhoea. It's important to differentiate intolerance from a real allergy, i.e. a reaction triggered by the immune system.
- 10-12 Weeks: In the first weeks after your kitten comes home with you, you should start by using the food that the kitten is already used to. After a while, you can gradually start to mix in new food with the old food, increasing the proportion of new food every day until the kitten is used to it. Growing kittens have a greater vitamin and mineral requirement than adult cats so you should ensure that you are using a quality kitten food to meet these needs.
- Up to 4 months: Feed your kitten four meals per day, evenly spaced across the day. Keep the feeding times consistent, and make sure one of the mealtimes is before bedtime, so that your kitten does not wake up hungry during the night.
- 4 - 6 Months: From the fourth month onwards, reduce the number of mealtimes to 3 per day.
- From 7 months: From the seventh month onwards, it is worthwhile reducing your kitten’s mealtimes to 2 per day: one in the morning and one at night.
There can be many different causes for your beloved cat reacting sensitively to its favourite food, suddenly losing fur, breaking out in a rash, vomiting or its digestion going haywire. However, good advice doesn't necessarily have to be expensive! When it comes to nutrition for cats with allergies or food intolerances, the main priority is to avoid allergenic ingredients and specifically cater to the cat's special requirements.