Make sure Kitty gets a well-balanced diet suitable to her age. There are cat foods for kittens, for senior cats and for indoor cats. Consult your vet.
Dry cat food may seem the easiest solution because it helps keep Kitty's teeth and gums healthy -- but it's not good to feed Kitty only dry food. Dry cat food is high in carbohydrates, and has been linked to urinary problems, excess weight and diabetes. Be careful: Cats may become finicky and refuse anything else.
Kitties can get addicted to tuna, too. Too much tuna or other fish can cause a Vitamin E deficiency.
Giving Kitty table scraps might encourage finicky eating resulting in her refusing to eat cat food. Cat treats are fine in moderation. Milk gives some cats diarrhea, and they don't really need it. Many cats love a little cheese or yogurt.
Here are some things everyone in the family should know about feeding Kitty:
- Have a regular, quiet place to feed her.
- Keep fresh water near her dish.
- Feed Kitty around the same times every day.
- Have a special dish and place for each cat in your home.
- Call Kitty by name when feeding.
- If she needs special pampering, feed baby food meats such as turkey.
- If you need to change Kitty's diet, do so gradually. Start by feeding more of the old food and less of the new, until you're feeding just the new food.
Keep reading to learn how to tell if Kitty isn't well.