Feeding your cat
Most cats don't have a problem tucking in to their meals, but some take a bit of coaxing to keep a healthy diet. Follow these tips when it comes to meal time and your cat will be tucking in every day.
Use tinned and dried food
Both tinned and dried food will give your cat the nourishment they need, but dried food also helps to clean their teeth.
Give two meals a day
Feed your cat twice a day. Dried food can be left down all day so your cat can eat when she pleases. Kittens and older cats need smaller but more frequent meals.
Your cat will let you know which brand and flavours they like best, and often won’t touch anything else! Try not to change your cat's diet frequently as this can cause diarrhoea.
Ensure food and water bowls are placed well away from the litter tray. Food bowls, including those which are only used for dried food, should be cleaned daily. Cats are fastidious creatures and some won't eat from used bowls.
Provide easily accessible water
Clean, fresh water should always be accessible – never give your cat milk as this could upset her stomach. Water should be contained in a ceramic or metal bowl. It is advisable to have a second water bowl, placed away from the food bowls, under a desk or bed.
Stimulate your cat
You could use meal times to provide your cat with stimulation by hiding food portions or putting food in an activity ball.
Know what they can't eat
Not all everyday foods and items are safe if your cat comes into contact with them. Learn which seven items are particularly dangerous to your cat.