Is it a good thing or a bad thing to feed cats table scraps? I guess it depends on who you ask and whether you are considering their health or their behavior. The most basic and complete answer is no, it’s not a good thing.
A cat’s body functions differently from a persons. A human liver is pretty efficient at processing fat. A cat’s, however, is not. When a cat stops eating, the body begins to send fat cells to the liver. Because the cat’s liver cannot process these fat cells a disease called hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) can result.
Diabetic cats should be fed their prescribed diet only, without additional treats or food changes. Once a diabetic cat is regulated on a particular food, changing that food can completely change their insulin requirements- so it is important that any management program ensure that the diet a diabetic cat is the only one that is fed.
What’s in a name? When it comes to cat food, quite a bit. If a food is named specifically for it’s main ingredient, such as “Chicken Cat Food”, the named ingredient, chicken, must make up at least 70% of the total weight of the food.
In normal cats, a mix of wet and dry food may provide a sensible “middle ground” between convenience, expense, and health. In the end, if you are concerned about the use of dry cat food, or have any other nutritional questions, your veterinarian will be the best resource.
Catnip has a strong reputation for a plant. Considered the standard marijuana for cats, there is of course a natural controversy that stems from it use. So, what is catnip? After all, if we’re going to argue its use or disuse so vehemently, we should in fact understand it and its actual affect on kittens and cats before taking sides.
You want to avoid fillers, so if you see the words “animal by-products” “bone meal” or “animal digest” on the ingredient list, you should choose a different food. Preservatives should also be avoided, so do not select foods that contain BHT, BHA or propyl gallate.
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