We all know how important a good nutrition is to maintain a good physical health.
Keeping this in mind, there are several steps to consider when picking out food for your cat.
1.Ask family, friends and search sites for reviews on different types of cat food.
There are several manufacturers of cat foods that have scientific studies that proof that their cat food has certain qualities. For example: food that has a specific shape that helps reduce plaque and therefore keeps your pets teeth cleaner and healthier. Once you have decided on which brands you think will qualify for your pet, move on to the next step.
2. What are you able and/or willing to spend?
Not all good brands have to be expensive, but once you’ve reached this point it’s good to realize how much money you are able and/or willing to spend on cat food. Please keep in mind that more expensive foods have better nutritional value and therefore your cat will be satisfied with smaller portions (making up for the price difference with cheaper cat food in the long run).
Once you have chosen a certain brand of food it’s a good idea to stick to that type of food. Switching food to often can be upsetting for the cats stomache and there’s a good chance that your cat won’t like just any type of food or flavour. Narrow down your choices once again and move on to step 3.
3.Try out different types of flavors
Just like people cats have a taste of their own. Once cat might go nuts over tuna flavored cat food, others won’t even get close to it. Chicken is one of the most recommended and easily available flavors in pretty much every cat food available. To find out what your cat likes you’d best go to your local pet store and ask for a small sachet of the food. They have these on hand so you can try out which flavor your cat likes without having to buy a large quantity of every flavor. Take them home and see which one your cat seems to like best.
4.Getting your cat used to the food
If you are getting a kitten you will probably receive a small amount of cat food that the kitten is used to, and you can either choose to keep feeding the kitten this food or blend in the new food gradually.
The same goes for older cats that have been on a steady diet of another type of cat food. Start with mixing in a cup and gradually keep mixing in more of the food until you have switched to the new food completely. Not doing so can result in diarrhea as the new food can upset your cats stomach and bowels.
Once you have taken all the above steps, reflect on the following topics:
Do I see improvement in my cats posture or fur?
Does my cat have healthier teeth and gums (the veterinarian can check this for you)?
Does my cat seem satisfied an happy?
If all three questions can be answered with a yes, than you have successfully switched cat food.