The important event in your cat's day -- FEEDING

Start by Reading the Label

Everyone is more conscious these days of ingredient labels because we know that nutrition is so important to leading a healthy lifestyle. Thatís why you should read the label on your cat's food carefully. It provides a guaranteed analysis of key nutrients including minimum fat and protein and the maximum fiber and moisture. The label should state whether your cat food is formulated for growing cats, adult cats, aging cats, or for all life stages. The label also should indicate if the cat food has undergone actual feeding studies.

Where, When and How much to Feed

Place your catís food bowl and water dish away from foot traffic and noise, but in a place that is comfortable and easy for him to reach. Once you have chosen a suitable place, donít change the location unless absolutely necessary. Newspapers or a plastic mat under the dish makes cleanup easier. Above all, always keep clean, fresh water available at all times. This is critical to your cat's health.

Establish a routine so that your cat is fed at the same time each day. Use your catís name when feeding him. This can help to reinforce his name while associating you with a pleasant activity. If you are feeding a dry cat food, you can put out a whole daysí supply in the morning (very convenient if you are a working person) or feed half in the morning and half at night. Another advantage of to this type of cat food is that it can help keep your catís teeth clean and gums healthy.

For a proper feeding program, you can follow the feeding instructions on the cat food package or use the following:

Feeding Suggestion Chart

Age: 4-6 weeks; Daily Amount, Ĺ to 1 oz. (1/4 to 1/3 cup; Frequency; 3 to 4 times a day.

Age 7 weeks Ė 6 months; Daily Amount, 1 to 3 oz. (1/3 to 1 cup; Frequency; 3 to 4 times per day.

Age 7 months Ė 1 year; Daily Amount, 3 oz. (about 1 cup); Frequency; 2 times per day or dry in dish, always.

Feeding Doníts

Never feed your cat with another pet's food. Cats have unique nutritional needs that only cat food can provide.

Never feed bones from chicken, pork or fish to your cat. These can splinter and lodge in his throat or pierce the stomach walls and intestinal tract.

Donít feed your cat milk. He doesnít need it and it may cause diarrhea.

Never feed your cat any food containing chocolate or onions. These can be toxic to your cat and should be stored and disposed of in a place your cat canít reach. Ask your veterinarian about additional foods that might be harmful to your cat.

Avoid the temptation to spoil your cat with table scraps. This too can produce a finicky eater who learns to refuse his usual cat food in favor of those high-calorie tidbits.

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