Monday, November 29, 2010
How to Give a Cat Feed
There are at least two different ways / methods of feeding the cats, namely:
* Food is always available at the cat food dish. So when the cat wants to eat, food is available in its place. This method is good for a small cat (kitten) or cat that is still in its infancy. Be careful because there is the likelihood of overweight / obesity / overweight.
* Feeding is done in 2 or 3 times a day. Usually the food given in the morning and afternoon. This method is good for adult cats who have regular diet. Please note the amount of food provided, as shall be in accordance with their daily needs.
NB: water for drinking cats should always be available at all times.
Nutritional needs of cats
Diet cat is unique and different from the dog (do not feed the cats with food for dogs / dog food). Make sure you provide food for cats contain a number of vitamins and nutrients. Do not be tempted by low prices, because cheap does not mean good. Get used to examine the content of food, usually printed on the packaging. Here are some references for the cat's nutritional needs:
* high protein content, at least 25%. The higher the ingredient is usually better.
* Low-fat, fat digestion efficiency in cats is very low.
* Low pH (high acid degree).
* Low magnesium. High content of magnesium can cause interference in the urinary tract.
* Arachidonic acid (arachidonic acid)
* Vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, B12, Niacin, Thiamin)
Type of food: wet (canned) or dry
1. dry food (dry food)
Dry food is usually good for a cat. Giving a good dry food for dental health, more durable and generally more nutritious because it contains many extra nutrients.
2. wet food (canned / wet food)
wet food / canned less well provided for the long term. These foods are usually more of a "junk food? for cats. In addition to poor dental health, because it often causes plaque and tartar and nutrient content are less complete. Cats are usually given wet food is usually rather difficult to switch to another type of food especially dry food.
Needs Food By Age & Condition
1. Kitten aged <1 year (kitten). Kittens can begin to be given food at the age of 3-4 weeks. Food provided is usually soaked in warm water to taste, crushed and pulverized. For the first time the kittens still need to be taught, fed with a dropper or apply a small portion of food in the mouth, then hold the plate of food to see if it will eat its own. Give special food for kittens (kitten) because it is usually a higher protein content and contains many nutrients needed for growth. Up to the age of 2-3 months the number / proportion of water in foods can be reduced gradually until the cat can eat dry food completely. 2.Kucing adults> 1 year (adult)
Adult cats weighing about 4-5 kg at least require energy from food is 300 calories. Provide adequate food and balanced nutrition, there are usually written "Complete? or "Balanced? on food packaging. Try not rabid cat / fed with the same brand continuously. Occasionally need to change brands of food for digestion trained on various types of food. Note also the pH and mineral content makananagar avoid urinary tract disorders.
3.Kucing pregnant & breastfeeding
At the time of pregnant and breast-feeding mother cats need food with high protein content. When bunting is usually given to kitten food because of higher protein content. Calcium supplements may be given to the mother who breastfeed their children.
Adult cats weighing around 5 kg needs about 300 calories of food energy. Note the calorie content in food packaging, determine the amount of food to meet calorie needs for one day, then divide that amount in accordance with the frequency of meals (2 or 3 times a day).
As another benchmark that can be used, calculated from the weight of the cat. Usually every day cats eat about 2% of their body weight. So when the cat's weight 5 kg, the food takes about 2% x 5 Kg which is about 100 grams / day.