How to Care for Your Cat:
Food and Water
• Most cats can be given unlimited food, all day. But if your cat is over-weight, feed him twice every day. If kittens aren’t given unlimited food, feed them four times every day, then three times as they get older.
• Well-known brands of cat food, such as Pedigree and Purina, will give your cat the balanced nutrition she needs. This is especially important for the health of kittens less than one year old, who should get kitten food (not food for adult cats). If you give canned cat food, also give some dry cat food to keep her teeth clean.
• If you feed people-food to your cat, remember that cats need much more protein than people do (and more than dogs do). For good cat health, give her lots of extra lentils and meat. Do not force your cat to be vegetarian; they are meat-eaters by nature and need to eat meat. Also give her a mix of vegetables. Rice has almost no nutritional value.
• Some supermarkets sell frozen meat for pets at low prices. You can also buy chicken heads and feet inexpensively. Cook these before feeding them to your cat, so he doesn’t get parasites.
• Do not give cats chocolate or milk.
• Do not give lots of tuna fish, raw egg, or onions.
• Avoid too much salt, fat, and sugar.
• Do not give your cat animal bones, especially chicken bones, because these break into sharp pieces that can get stuck in her throat.
• If you want to give your cat treats, buy treats that are made for cats.
• Your cat should always have access to clean water. Don’t give him anything else to drink, including milk. Put water in the shade. Give new water at least twice every day.
• Do not put new food onto old food, or add new water to old water. Empty the containers before adding more.
• Throw away wet or cooked food that has been out for more than 12 hours.
• Feed the cat at regular times. Routine is extremely important to a cat. Any change to the cat food or the his feeding routine should be done slowly.
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