Wet vs Dry Cat Food

With so many sources, legitimate or less so, telling us what and how to feed our pets, the perfect feeding regime for your cat has lately transformed into an overly complicated bachelor thesis instead of a routine task. In the past, feeding your cat seemed a much simpler and easier activity and, even now, owners are tempted to keep old practices alive, but for those who prefer commercialized products it is hard to decide what to buy.

There are many healthy foods humans can consume that your cat should avoid at all costs, leaving most of us with little to no alternative than sticking to pet shop and veterinary approved cat food. There are several brands on the market, so picking just one will always be hard to do, but if we take into consideration that there are mainly just two types of food promoted by each brand, it won’t be so difficult to decide. In the end, it all comes down to “wet” or “dry” cat food.

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Wet vs Dry Cat Food – Which is the Best Choice?

Most cats seem to be more attracted to consuming wet food, which is more similar to how food used to be when they lived in the wild, after all. The perks with this type of cat food are also closely related to maintaining a good health condition for your pet. Many cats do not drink as much water as they should and wet food ensures that they are hydrated, not only well fed. It is also easier for pets that have missing teeth or jaw problems to consume wet food than dry food.

On the other hand, wet food may be more expensive than dry food and it is bought in smaller amounts at a time. Storing it in the fridge might ensure it is edible and fresh for a longer period of time, but try to avoid doing this too often since some cats hate eating cold meat or cold products in general. It is best to serve them food at room temperature.

On this note, if you do decide to give your cat wet food, be careful when buying canned wet food. The bigger the quantity, the harder it will be to ensure fresh food for your cat! As with humans, canned foods are better eaten as soon as you open the can and storing it for too long is not recommended, even if you improvise something to cover the can after having already opened it.

Dry food might not be as appealing to your cat as other types of food, but it is generally easy to store and presents less risks in ending up spoiled or inedible for your pet. There is however the issue of lower levels of animal based proteins which are found in dry kibble. This is important for your pet’s development and should be a priority when choosing the type of foods you provide them.

In the end, it’s best to balance out the two! Find a brand of cat food within a price range you can afford and make sure to offer your cat a diverse meal every day!

 

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs in Cats

Cats groom themselves often to keep themselves clean and we love them for it! But, for some cats, the process of grooming their coats often leads to hairballs forming. These are not always cause for alarm, but it is true that they are an inconvenient for your cat and that they can lead to health issues that are best avoided!

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Some cat breeds are more prone to developing hairballs than others because of their dense or long fur. In their case, hairballs are common consequences of constant grooming. Help your cat out by brushing and combing its coat at least once a day! This will lessen your pet’s intake of fur, yet maintain its coat clean and looking fabulous and can even end up as a pleasant activity for you to share together and strengthen your friendship!

There are also instances in which the reasons might not be as natural: excessive shedding and compulsive grooming are two often encountered situations that lead to hairballs forming. It is best to take your cat to the vet, who can prescribe something for its condition. Excessive shedding can be an underlining sign of sickness and should not be ignored! As for an alternative for pets suffering from compulsive grooming, redirecting their attention towards other activities in order to minimize the bad habit is the best manner in which you can solve the problem. Distract your cat’s attention with a new toy or different playful activities and it will eventually lessen the time your cat spends grooming itself.

A change of diet would also benefit cats that are troubled by constant hairballs. Specialists believe that consuming wet food is better than feeding your cat dry kibble, because cats are carnivores who naturally thrive on a high protein diet instead of a carbohydrates based one. After all, cats are not genetically inclined to eat grain based foods, so it is best to feed them low quantities of carbohydrates!

As an addition to wet food, seek products based on fibers that are commercialized for the purpose of preventing and treating hairballs. Many brands offer treats for cats which contain higher quantities of protein than their regular food. This is believed to stimulate transit and therefore make it easier for cats to naturally eliminate the hair they ingest while grooming. However, one must remember that these products do not show results in all cats and that there is also medication a veterinarian can prescribe for such issues. Generally, these consist of laxatives that will ease the elimination of ingested hair and prevent hairballs from forming. It is important not to attempt feeding your cat human medication and to always solicit a vet’s advice before deciding on any course of action!

If your cat frequently suffers from hairballs, your vet will likely recommend you include hairball ‘treats’ regularly in your cat’s diet – these are widely available in petshops or online. A popular such product in Purina ONE Hairball Formula.

595054-26530-28Whether you decide to take your cat for a specialized check-up or you prefer to try other methods, make sure to always monitor your cat in such situations! Vomiting hairballs every once in a blue moon is a natural phenomenon for a cat and should not worry you over much!

Products Mentioned in the Article:

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  2. Purina One Hairball Formula 

 

How To Get A Lazy Cat Active

Does your cat laze around the house all day long without showing interest in any physical activity? Do you feel like old habits and interests no longer present any significance to your pet?

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Is your cat a lazy boy?

There are various aspects that should be taken into consideration before attempting to raise your cat’s activity levels. First of all, you should take into consideration that there are certain breeds that are simply not as interested in playing and running around as others might be.

It is important to document yourself a bit on this matter before deciding what to do next! If your cat’s breed falls into the more “static” category, you should take extra care with what and how much you feed it or it might end up overweight. This could also lead to specific health issues, so it’s one of the most important things you should worry about.

If, however this is not the case for the breed you have, do not despair! There is nothing wrong with your cat other than it might be bored or uninterested in his current options. So, if you want to get your fur ball up and running, start by gifting your cat with some new toys. This might not garner as much interest as you actively participating in the playing process would, so sacrifice a bit of your time to tempt your cat into chewing, chasing and scratching its new acquisitions.

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Cats sure LOVE napping!

Cats love taking naps! It’s not strange to find your cat sleeping for long periods of time during the day. You should remind yourself that cats are nocturnal animals and that they are more active during the night than during day hours. However, adding vertical space and scratching posts might garner more interest from your cat and you might soon notice your furry friend climbing and jumping around again. These are, after all, general activities these animals are familiar with in the outside world.

On this note, most cats are renowned hunters and having only “static” toys around the house might not be as engaging as they’d like. Why not use battery-operated toys to attract their attention? They are especially useful for owners who find it difficult to spare more time playing with their pets. There are even battery-operated toys which have a timer, making the whole process so much easier for you and more entertaining for your pets. Hunting and pouncing around.

Bringing a new cat into your household is a great option for those who can afford caring for more than one pet. If the new addition to the family is a kitten, you can rest assured that having an active and curious playmate around will easily mobilize your cat. Even an adult cat is a great incentive to any pet as it might be more tempting to run and play games when you have a partner in crime.

In the end, it all depends on choosing the method that fits you best and actively participating in the process of making your cat happy!
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