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Why Low-Calorie Foods Are Best for Your Cat

 

Why Low-Calorie Foods Are Best for Your Cat

If you have a cat, you probably know all about the importance of keeping him or her healthy and happy—but what you may not know is that proper nutrition plays an important role in helping your cat maintain a healthy weight and feeling his or her best. That’s why I recommend feeding low-calorie foods to your kitty as often as possible. Here’s why low-calorie foods are best for your cat and what you can do to find the right option for him or her.


What’s the best diet for my cat?

Without regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, cats can easily become overweight. Once they start to gain weight, they can find it difficult to lose it again. Excess weight can shorten your cat’s life span and make them susceptible to heart problems and diabetes. If you want your cat to live as long as possible, keep an eye on their waistline and try to feed them a healthy diet containing fewer calories while also giving them plenty of chances to burn some extra energy throughout the day.


What should I feed my senior cat?

If your cat is a senior (older than seven years), consider switching to low-calorie foods. As cats age, they often start losing weight because their activity level diminishes, and many owners aren’t sure how to help them keep or regain their weight. A good diet for your senior cat might include lots of wet food (to encourage drinking) and vitamin supplements to help support overall health.


How should I switch my cat from wet food to dry food?

Transitioning from one diet to another is usually a difficult process, especially when you’re moving your cat from a wet food diet to dry kibble. You can make it easier on both of you by following these four steps


Do cats have different nutritional needs than dogs?

Cats are true carnivores, which means they should eat primarily animal proteins and fats. In comparison, dogs are omnivores that can process more plant-based sources of nutrients. For example, while cats need to consume vitamin C because they’re unable to produce it on their own, dogs have a much easier time manufacturing enough on their own. At the end of day though, most experts say cats require a diet with about 30 percent protein to maintain good health. You should talk to your vet about which pet food is best for your cat if you have any concerns.


What are good sources of fiber for cats?

Unlike humans, cats don’t consume a lot of carbohydrates on a regular basis. That means their diet is low in fiber, which plays an important role in digestive health. As with many other animals, however, cats can benefit from adding more fiber to their diets through their food and treats. If you want to provide more fiber to your cat—and do so safely—there are plenty of sources that provide your pet with nutrients she needs while still being tasty enough that she wants to eat them. For example, dandelion greens (also known as lion’s teeth) are higher in protein than most vegetables but also contain significant amounts of calcium, vitamin C and iron.


Should my cat eat treats?

Just like humans, treats can be enjoyed in moderation. As long as your cat isn’t overweight, it’s okay to give them a few kibbles throughout the day. When selecting snacks for your pet, remember that low-calorie foods are best. Carrots and celery are tasty options with plenty of vitamins, and some canned fish is also a great way to enrich your cat’s diet while ensuring they stay lean.

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