The key to a happy, healthy cat is feeding the right type and right amount of food specific to their specific age and lifestyle. It’s also a legal requirement that owners provide an appropriate diet for their pet.
What is a balanced diet?
A balanced diet varies on their breed, age, condition and lifestyle, but always needs to contain the right mix of nutrients and should be a good quality, meat-based food.
The best way to ensure that your cat gets a balanced diet is by giving them complete commercial foods like Webbox. We do an enormous amount of research and development over years to provide optimum nutrition.
It’s important to consider the cat’s stage of life when choosing the right food. This means feeding them the right food at different ages, as their needs change. Webbox has complete foods for the individual needs of kittens, adult cats and seniors – plus those with specific dietary requirements.
- THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP – always ensure your cat has access to fresh, clean water.
- Always read the feeding guides carefully on the packaging.
- Weigh out the correct amount. Overfeeding can lead to obesity and health issues.
- After you’ve weighed out the daily amounts, it’s up to you and your cat how much you space out meal times, but always try to cater to their preferences.
- Dry food often comes in resealable packaging – otherwise store in an airtight container after opening.
- Wet food should be replaced at least twice a day and dry food daily.
- Lots of cats enjoy treats, but always be responsible and adjust meal amounts as necessary.
- Be sure to keep food and water bowls clean, periodically replacing plastic bowls.
- Keep food and water away from littler trays.
- Your vet is always the best source of feeding and nutrition advice. If in doubt, ask!
- It’s best not to feed your cat cow’s milk, as some are intolerant to the lactose in it.
Overfeeding or giving cats inappropriate food can have serious consequences. 25% of cats are overweight and obesity is linked to several major conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and heart conditions. These can seriously affect your cat’s quality of life and shorten their lifespan. You can find out more about feline obesity here.