Your comprehensive guide to eating and feeding cats

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Your comprehensive guide to eating and feeding cats


Its scientific name is (Felis catus), and it belongs to carnivorous animals, and the feline family

Cat length

 The average length of male cats is 71 cm, while females are 50 cm long

Cat weight

 The average weight of cats ranges between 2.7-4.5 kg
Cat characteristics

Cats are characterized by the flexibility of their bodies, long tails, and claws that they can pull out when they need them
The average lifespan of a cat

The average lifespan of cats is up to 15 years

Basic foods for cats

A group of nutrients must be available in the basic foods for cats, and the following are mentioned


 Cats require a high amount of protein in their diet, and it can be obtained from meat. It is also important for heart health, vision, and the reproductive system


 Since cats are carnivores, they are not considered among the animals that need carbohydrates a lot, and they get sugar from protein breakdown processes


Fat is a good source of energy for cats, provides fat-soluble vitamins, and is a source of fatty acids, which are important for enhancing the palatability of food, maintaining animal health, and healthy skin

 Food not suitable for cats

Here are some foods that are not suitable for cats


Eating tuna from time to time will not harm the cat, but a steady diet of it can lead to malnutrition, as it does not contain all the nutrients that the cat needs, and its frequent intake may cause mercury poisoning

     Milk and other dairy products

Most cats are lactose intolerant, as their digestive system cannot process artificial dairy products, and they can cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea

     Garlic onions

 Onions in all its forms can break down the red blood cells of cats, leading to anemia, and garlic, which is five times more powerful than onions, can cause major and life-threatening health problems

 Other information about eating cats

Kitten food

Mother's milk is the only good source of food for kittens during the first period of her life, and it is also important to maintain a high-quality diet for the mother during lactation to help her kittens grow up healthy

 The number of times you feed the cats

The number and quantity of cat meals depends on the age and health of the cat. Small cat meals are more than adult cat meals, while large cats need between one and two meals

Ways to feed cats

Here are some ways to feed cats

     Meal feeding

  By offering your cat food only at specific meal times during the day, both canned and dry food can be fed in this way

     Mixed feeding

And it is by providing canned food twice a day, while dry foods are available throughout the day.

     Free cat food

by making her food available at all times, and only dry foods can be fed in this way, as wet food should not be left out all day

 Tips when feeding cats

Here are some tips when feeding cats

     Do not change the diet too much, as changing the cat's diet may cause an upset stomach
     Always provide drinking water, as water must always be available, and it must be placed in a container made of ceramic or metal
     Stimulate your cat, you can use meal times to stimulate the cat, and this can be done by hiding parts of the food from the cat so that it can find it on its own, for example

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