How owners feed their cats is as critical as what they feed them. Felines may seem like picky eaters, but the truth is that they have quite distinctive eating habits. Not knowing about them could lead to miscommunication between owner and cat. If your cat is not eating, what can you do to change the situation?
Cats are inclined to overeat and will not stop because they feel full. However, it can lead to digestive complications. Cat owners worldwide know that when a feline eats too much or too quickly, it may vomit within minutes. Very few nutrients are absorbed in the short interval between eating and throwing up.
After such an episode, a cat is unlikely to feel like eating and winds up not getting its daily recommended amounts of nutrients. Cats are also inclined to dehydrate as they do not drink enough water, preferring to consume this life-giving substance as part of their food.
A cat’s digestive system copes better with food when eaten in smaller, more frequent meals. If you are not at home during the day, there is no need to worry. Look at your pet store for an automated cat food dispenser. Program it to serve portions of food two or three times each day. This will improve your kitty’s digestive capabilities and nutrient absorption and take cleaning up vomit off your agenda.
A cat’s diet provides it with the nutrients it needs, such as protein, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals. Each plays a role in ensuring your cat’s immune system functions optimally. Aside from getting the necessary nutrition from their meals you can also add nutritious edibles to their daily eating routine. There are multiple brands such as PetNaturals, My Lucky Pats, and ScruffyPaws that offer products for instant immune boosting properties containing L-lysine, which is an essential component for sustaining your cat’s health. If your cat is not eating, what can you do to change the situation?
Cats need to hunt for prey as this is programmed into their DNA. When all they need to do is approach a bowl and start eating, their need for predatory behavior is not satisfied. If this happens, felines are inclined to begin hunting, not to eat their prey, but merely to enjoy the stalking and capture of small animals. Most cat owners know the sickening sensation of having their kitty present them with a special ‘gift’: a dead bird or mouse.
With a puzzle feeder, your cat needs to put some effort into earning its dinner, which will satisfy its need to hunt. Using a puzzle feeder encourages physical activity and problem-solving skills, both of which your cat needs.
There is no need to go to great expense buying puzzle feeders as most can be created with household objects. The idea is to change things up and present your cat with new challenges to access their food. If you keep using the same idea, your feline will get bored and stop engaging. Place a little food around your puzzle feeding structure to encourage your kitty to find the rest.
Play hide and seek
Cats need to do some physical and mental gymnastics every day, and feeding time is ideal for getting both done. Do not feed your cat in the same place each day. Instead, move the feeding bowl every so often.
This strategy forces the cat into hunting mode as it must find the food before eating it. Your kitty is likely to follow the aroma of their food to find its hiding place. Wet cat food tends to have the strongest smell and will attract your cat. Smelling out prey is another essential hunting function. By fulfilling a cat’s need to hunt, you reduce the likelihood of it seeking natural prey. Cats that have everything provided for them with little effort on their part will continue this predatory behavior to satisfy their instincts.
Making food hard to get to is the perfect way to challenge a hungry cat. Felines express their predatory instincts through play. That is why they love toys that they can pounce on and shake between their teeth. Letting your cat play these games will also make them less likely to hunt and kill real prey.
Integrate feeding into your cat’s playtime by using some purchased or improvised toys to feed it. For example, if your cat likes pouncing on a ball, roll one across the room to where the food is. To the cat, that food is their reward for making a ‘kill’ with the ball. Alternatively, stuff food into a rubber toy and watch your cat’s efforts to get it out.
Textures and flavors
As mentioned before, cats need variety as too much routine can make them bored. This also applies to what you feed them. Cat food comes in three types: dry, semi-moist, and wet.
It may take some experimenting, but your cat might prefer combinations of these types. Alternatively, it might like getting different types of food, meaning dry food today, semi-moist tomorrow, and wet the day after. The varying textures and flavors might appeal to your cat’s palate and get that kitty to eat a healthy, balanced diet.