So how much food does your cat need? Recommendations range between 24 to 35 calories a day per pound, to keep cats at a normal, healthy weight. Cat's six months to one year, should be fed twice per day. Adult cats, one year and older, can be fed once or twice per day, in most cases. 

Good quality dry food, that has a good quality protein, then your indoor cat needs only approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup of food each day. Most high-quality foods have approximately 500 calories per 8 ounce cup of food.

Can my cat eat dog food?

Cat food

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The occasional bite of dog food shouldn't harm your cat. Dog food doesn't have the protein, vitamins, and fatty acids that are required to keep your cat healthy. Your cat can become severely malnourished if they eat dog food as their regular diet.

Is it OK to feed my cat tuna?

Photo by Zeeshan Qureshi 

Let's face it, most cat's LOVE tuna! Cats can even be addicted to tuna, whether it's packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won't hurt. A steady diet of tuna can lead to malnutrition because it won't have all the nutrients your cat needs. Too much tuna can even cause mercury poisoning.

Will feeding my cat raw fish make them sick?

Raw fish isn't a diet they would normally have unless exposed through us humans. Raw fish may contain parasites and contains an enzyme called Thiaminase which counteracts Thiamine (a B Vitamin) and can lead to a Thiamine deficiency. This can cause serious health conditions in your beloved cat companion.

Treats, treats, and more cat treats! 

Cat Playing with cat treat dispenser

Treats aren’t a replacement for a well-balanced diet. They are very desirable but they don’t contain the necessary nutrients your cat needs. If you feed treats too often then your kitty companion won’t want his regular food. Treats are powerful tools for use in training and behavior modification. You can break a treat up into several pieces to reduce the calorie intake and help them last a bit longer.

 

Featured Image Photo by Michael Illuchine

 

  

Written By Jan,

Blog Writer/Social Media Manager at Cattoyz.com