What you feed your cat will have an effect on the way your cat feels, his/her energy levels, the way he/she grows and his/her overall health. Therefore it is very important your cat is fed correctly.
- Always have fresh, clean water available.
- Introduce any new food to your pet gradually over a week to avoid stomach upsets.
- Kittens and cats do not need to be fed milk – in fact it will usually cause stomach upsets. If you would like to give your cat milk, buy Whiskas Milk Plus from the supermarket (this has had the lactose removed and should not cause upset stomachs.)
- Buy the good quality cat food you can afford, but the food MUST include the words “complete and balanced” on the label.
- Do not feed your cat dog food. They have different nutritional needs than dogs, and feeding them just dog food can make them sick or even kill them.
- Raw meat such as gravy beef or plain cooked chicken or fish must not take up more than one third of your cat’s diet.
- Cats should not be fed bones. They can get stuck in the gut and cause a lot of problems. However, RAW chicken necks are a good treat for cats, which can help keep their teeth clean and gums healthy. Your pet may be fed these once a week.
- Steer clear of vitamins and calcium supplements, as long as your cat or kitten is being fed good quality food it does not need these, and they may actually cause the cat harm.
- Too much fish or liver in the diet can be harmful to your cat or kitten, so try to feed these only as a treat every couple of weeks if desired.