Choosing a Cat/Kitten
Collars & Tags
The Problem Cat
British Blue Cats
Cats are quite fussy eaters and will not
eat food that has been left down a long time and has dried out. You should
always provide food in a clean bowl for each meal and ensure that fresh
water is given each day and is always available.
Cats, like us, also need a variety of food - do not give them the same cat
food meal after meal. Vary the flavours you give and the brands you use. Cat
food comes in so many different flavours and portion sizes that you can
quite easily vary the diet for each meal.
I do not agree with only feeding a cat on dried food, though some people
will only feed their cats in this way. I am also a great believer in giving
cats 'normal' food that we eat and not just tinned cat food.
Although our cats are fed on tinned cat food we also provide an extra meal
in the evening that does not have a label of "cat food". We feed
them a variety of meats including chicken, pork, beef and other foods such
as rice, vegetables and small amounts of cheese (adults only).
You should be careful what you give to kittens, as some food will upset
their digestive systems. This could result in sickness and diarrhoea.
They should not be given any dairy products (milk, cheese and cream) until
they are older (6 months) and even then you should only ever feed them with
special cat milk and not cow's milk.
We found that our cats loved mashed potato but it didn't agree with one of
them and made them sick so we have stopped giving them potatoes of any kind.
How many meals a day?
Cats are not greedy like some animals such as dogs - they will only eat what
they need and will not eat food just for the sake of eating. We usually find
that at least some of the food we leave for them in the morning is still
there that same evening. We always leave a bowl of dried food down as well
so if they do eat all the cat meat, there is still some food available if
they are hungry.