Cat Health The Importance of a Healthy Diet

As every owner knows, cats are particularly independent creatures and often like to choose for themselves exactly where they will sleep and decide precisely when they’re in the mood to socialize with their owners. They can also be fussy eaters, so it’s important that caring cat owners pay attention to their diet to ensure it is healthy, balanced, and includes the correct ingredients necessary to maintain the cat’s weight, energy levels, and general well-being.

Weight problems
There are certain conditions that a cat can develop if they become overweight, including lower urinary tract infections, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. A urinary tract infection will be uncomfortable and maybe painful and cause swelling of the abdomen. When this occurs, the vet is likely to prescribe antibiotics. Osteoarthritis is particularly common in obese cats, and the extra weight puts a strain on the muscles and joints. Diabetes manifests itself by increased appetite coupled with the loss of weight, frequent urination, and excessive thirst. A cat with diabetes has often prescribed a change of diet; some are also given insulin.

Helping prevent these conditions in cats is why regular exercise and the correct diet are so important. Pet owners take dogs to the park for a walk or a run, whereas cats can get their exercise at home and will enjoy a friendly play session. Sensible owners will take the time to make sure there are cat toys available so that their pet can have an energetic frolic or a lively game of chase on a regular basis.

Optimum diet
Always check labels when buying cat food and avoid brands that have a lot of additives, such as preservatives or artificial flavoring. Most cats are content with two daily portions of quality cat food that is nutritionally balanced, plus occasional cat treats. It is absolutely fine to offer treats from time to time as long as they are also rich in nutrients and not high in fat, though treats should be taken into account when deciding on the portion size of other meals. There is plenty of information on a good, wide-ranging cat treat menu at

Vitamins and supplements for cats
Giving pets supplements and vitamins is fashionable at present, but most cat experts agree that quality cat food should be sufficient to provide all the minerals and vitamins a cat needs. There are some instances where supplementing their diet may be recommended, however, such as when a cat is unwell. For instance, the small intestinal disease is a condition that can cause a cat’s inability to absorb the B vitamins cobalamine and folate, although the supplements required in this case would need to be given via injections, as oral supplements cannot be successfully absorbed.

Regular checks
The veterinarian who gives vaccinations to kittens and adult cats will usually be happy to advise pet owners on exercise and diet and even check that a cat is a suitable weight for its breed, age, and size. When checking at home, it’s best to stroke the cat’s body gently, ensuring that it’s possible to feel the ribs, although they should not be visible. A happy, healthy cat of normal weight is usually very content – and so is its owner.

“Disclaimer: This is a guest post. The owner of this blog (and post author) are not responsible for applying the advice stated above. Please consult your veterinarian before making changes to the care or feeding of your pets.”