The rules for feeding cats living indoors are based on an understanding of their physiological and behavioral characteristics. What features are typical for domestic cats and what kind of care do they need?
What are the needs of cats living at home?
Such a cat is limited in movement and spends most of its time sleeping and eating. Her inactive lifestyle is reflected in many physiological processes in the body. Low activity can lead to disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, deterioration in stool quality and the appearance of a sharp, unpleasant odor from the tray.
In addition, domestic cats are more prone to overweight and obesity. Therefore, the caloric content of the diet of such a pet should be reduced, and its composition should include a prebiotic that contributes to the normal functioning of the intestine. So, PRO PLAN® Housecat dry food contains chicory root, a source of natural inulin prebiotic. The high fiber content in this food helps the cat’s natural excretion of hair lumps from the intestines and gives it a feeling of fullness, despite the reduced calorie content. A great addition to your dry diet is the PRO PLAN® NUTRISAVOUR® Housecat wet food.
How to feed a castrated or sterilized pet?
If your pet has been neutered or sterilized, you need to pay special attention to its diet and the amount of fluid consumed. The ancestors of cats, the inhabitants of the desert, adapted to manage a small amount of water to ensure their metabolic needs. This “addiction” of cats can negatively affect the health of the urinary system, especially in castrated and sterilized pets. Make sure your cat always has fresh, clean drinking water in the public domain.
Domestic cats should consume at least 30 ml of liquid per 1 kg of weight (for example, if a cat weighs 3 kg, it should consume about 90-100 ml of liquid per day). Failure to comply with these standards and a lack of moisture increases the risk of diseases of the urinary system.
What are the benefits of combined nutrition?
The most progressive approach to feeding castrated and sterilized cats is considered to be a combined type of feeding, involving daily feeding of both dry and wet food. This diet helps maintain appetite and increases the level of moisture required to maintain a healthy urinary system. In addition, in wet food there are fewer calories, therefore, selected in the right proportion to dry food, it helps maintain your pet’s optimal weight. Wet food in the form of tender slices of different tastes and textures PRO PLAN® NUTRISAVOUR® Sterilised will provide a variety of nutrition, and due to its balanced composition will help maintain the health of the urinary system.
What if your cat is selective in food?
If your cat reacts negatively to the food offered, she often has stool disorders and the veterinarian fails to make any diagnosis, possibly your pet has sensitive digestion. In this case, he also needs a special feeding regimen. For the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders, animals with sensitive digestion should be protected from excessive diversity in the diet, and the feed should be easily digestible and contain a limited number of protein sources. PRO PLAN® Delicate Dry Food and PRO PLAN® NUTRISAVOUR Delicate Wet Food for Sensitive Digestion Cats contain extremely high quality and carefully selected protein sources to minimize the risk of food allergies in cats. The high content of prebiotics and fiber in these feeds promotes healthy digestion and maintaining good stool quality, and the exceptional taste characteristics of PRO PLAN® Delicate feeds will not leave indifferent even the most fastidious cat.