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Cat nutritional needs, important because if obese felines depopulate in cartoons, in reality they suffer. Knowing the cat's nutritional needs means learning to take care of our 4-legged friend correctly, perhaps spoiling him every now and then, but without affecting his health.
Usually the trend is that of give cats too much to eat, especially if they live with us in the house and don't have much chance to move. I'm sedentary animals, or almost, and even a little lazy, they risk becoming balls of lard. To date most of our domestic cats are overweight.
Average cat nutritional needs
The nutritional requirements of the adult cat today it is about 40 grams of wet food per kilo of weight, namely canned cat food. The one prepared by us can be compared to the one in the package, prior check with the vet about the ingredients we use: 40 grams of pure sausage is not exactly like a 40 gram can.
A 4 kg cat, therefore, must eat 4 x 40 = 160 grams of wet food every day, possibly divided into several snacks. To calculate the cat nutritional needs in dry food, divide the total by 3, therefore 160: 3 = 53 grams abundant, because dry food is more concentrated, being dehydrated.
These numbers are those of average cat nutritional requirement, they can give us an indication to leave by not going at random but it is very important to then observe how the animal's body reacts to understand how his metabolism works, also with respect to his lifestyle.
Small cat nutritional requirements
The small cat nutritional requirement is high, compared to its weight, better to raise to 50 grams for each kg of cat, but without exaggerating because it must grow in strength but not already become too big before it even reaches its adult size.
The problem with the little ones is that they tend to gorge themselves, for this, in addition to trying to educate them from time to time, there are bowls designed ad hoc to prevent them from doing so. On Amazon, for example, you can buy one non-slip and gorging bowl at 50 euros, also suitable for puppies, eco friendly and very resistant.
Senior cat nutritional requirements
It often happens that with advancing age, the cat is getting fat visibly, because the metabolism slows down in old age, as it also happens to us humans. If fatty food could also be disposed of when young, it is now more harmful, and physical activity becomes scarce. Better then review the evaluation of the cat's nutritional needs and provide either by decreasing the doses, or by changing the ingredients of the food but not at the expense of quality.
It is less frequent, but it can also happen that the elderly cat loses weight even though he always eats the same: at this point it is better to take him to the vet to see if he is sick, in the meantime be careful so that he does not lose weight.
Nutritional requirements for cats in pregnancy
It always applies, but more than ever for a pregnant cat: nutrition must be especially based on proteins of animal origin, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and perfectly balanced mineral salts. A lot of meat, therefore, and also a lot of fish, even offal is fine but without overdoing the liver because it contains too much vitamin A. Milk is to be avoided, as we have explained in the dedicated article, better to give the cat the cheese, in small pieces.
To satisfy the nutritional needs of cats in pregnancy we never give him dog food and even low quality food, we do not change type or brand without consulting the vet and we avoid egg white, because it contains avidin which blocks the absorption of biotin, a B vitamin. even the bones are dangerous and fish bones, onion and garlic, chocolate and an excess of sugar.
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