Feeding an adult cat

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As your cat reaches maturity at about 12 months, it’s time to settle into a regular feeding routine.

The diet of an adult cat

For a healthy pet, your cat’s diet needs to include the right balance of the six major nutrient groups; proteins, fats and oils, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and water.

Any good quality manufactured pet food should provide your cat with this basic nutritional balance. Many are also designed to more accurately fit your cat’s specific needs. For example, if your cat is relatively inactive and indoors, you might consider feeding her a special ‘light’ formula to avoid weight gain.

Unless your cat’s circumstances change dramatically, you can continue to follow the same adult feeding routine until your cat reaches seniority.

What to feed?

You can feed your cat wet or dry food, or a mixture of both, depending on their preference. For example, some cats like to be fed wet food in the morning but snack on dry food during the day.

If you choose a dry food, expect your cat to chew it more actively, eat it over a longer period of time and drink more water. Dry food stays fresh all day so leave it out for your cat to snack on. Unlike dogs, cats prefer to crunch on their dry food and generally find it less attractive when soaked.

Alternatively, if you feed your cat moist food, expect them to eat more in one sitting and drink less. Don’t leave wet food out for longer than 24 hours.

Serve all food at room temperature to ensure your cat can taste and smell it properly. You may need to warm up any food stored in the fridge for up to two hours. It’s possible to microwave foods for a short time but be careful of hot spots. Generally, avoid serving food that is too hot or too cold… to continue reading this article from Purina, click here.

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