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Feeding Your Cat

Is your feline buddy finicky? Or will she steal your pizza when your back is turned, and yell at you when you’re late with her third breakfast? Just like any other pet, kitties need proper nutrition to stay healthy. A Leesburg, VA vet discusses feeding Fluffy in this article.

Portion Sizes

Is Fluffy, well, not just fluffy? Serving sizes may have something to do with that. Giving your pet just ten calories too much each day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a little furball! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Snacks

Just like any other pet, cats love a special snack. Just stick with safe options. Plain, canned tuna or chicken in water is fine. You can also give your kitty canned crabmeat or crab, or some shredded deli meat. Fluffy can also have cooked, unseasoned meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat.

Bowls

Does your kitty tend to drop her food onto the floor and then eat it? You may want to give your furball a different bowl. Cats don’t like the feel of their whiskers touching the sides of a dish. Opt for something wider and shallower, and see if that makes a difference.

Dangerous Foods

Cats are usually pretty good about avoiding dangerous foods, but will sometimes eat things when coaxed to. Never give your feline friend anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as are chocolate; caffeine; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; mushrooms; pitted fruit, especially avocado; and anything that contains xylitol. Also, despite common misconceptions, dairy is also unsuitable. In fact, many kitties are lactose intolerant!

Choosing Brands

Picking the right cat food can be a challenge, especially when every company is trying to make their product look like it’s the best. Get into the habit of reading labels. Opt for brands that list meat, fish, and poultry most often. Avoid things with labels that read like science experiments. Ask your vet for more information.

Changing Foods

Cats have sensitive tummies, and can get upset stomachs from too much variety. Always make changes to your furry friend’s diet slowly, over the course of several days.

Please contact us, your local Leesburg, VA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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