I want to make sure my cats live the longest best life ever. What are some things I can do to keep them healthy as ever? What store bought food is the best for cats? What type of feeding schedule is best for cats? I play with them every day and they eat a lot. I don’t know how to get them to stop eating so much, they aren’t fat because they exercise. They are quite healthy but I want to make sure they are even more healthy. How do I make sure they live a long life?
Great questions Cameron, having cats (plural) is just plain fun. They chase, play, pounce, yowl, sometimes fight, but mostly get along much like we do. This social play really goes a long way to keeping them active and getting exercise. Many cats can be fed all the time and they won’t get fat. The problem is some do. If you have one of these guys, then everyone has to pull for him and be on a feeding schedule. The more small meals a day the better, but twice a day will do and separating their feed bowls to different rooms will decrease competition, fast eating and vomiting.
A recent U.S. study found 35% of cats to be obese. If you have a fat cat studies suggest they won’t live as long as their leaner mate. Ever tried to get weight off a cat? Oh boy! It’s not easy. So the trick is to prevent it as a kitten. What you feed is everything as well as watching your cat’s body fat condition.
Nutrition and dental health care have done more to extend the life of cats than any other health advancement in the past 20 years. No two cats are alike and so diet recommendations need to be tailored especially of you have more than one.
The real enemy your cat faces is that it will hide a problem from you for a long time. This is where routine wellness exams, not more than one year apart, shine. We’ll give you a health report card and your cat will have its best chance of living a long and healthy life ‘cause they’re worth every 3 am hallway ruckus.