most common mistakes Feed cats and how to avoid them – We are many who make mistakes unconsciously when it comes to feeding the cat: here is what should be done and what is better to avoid in the kitty diet.
Feeding the cat correctly is one of the most important activities we can do to guarantee health and well-being to our domestic feline: just think that over half of the house cats worldwide are overweight, with all the pathologies and health problems attached to this increasingly widespread condition.
Feeding the cat in the right way is fundamental, but there are still too many mistakes that the majority of those who have chosen to adopt a cat make, obviously unwittingly, but because they are convinced that they are doing the good of their pets.
The feeding errors in cats they are not only closely related to the food we choose to put in the bowl: we often err on other equally important, but unexpected aspects.
Feeding the cat: an unexpected mistake to avoid
Most people choose to feed the cat in a bowl, often leaving dry or wet cat food available for the whole day. The basic idea is that cats can regulate themselves, without eating all at once but consuming only what they need at the moment (which is also true).
The problem lies in the fact that this way the cat eats its meals “unnaturally” and often exaggerating in quantities: with the gruel at his complete disposal, it is possible that kitty feels in a certain sense authorized to do nothing to get what he needs as he would in nature and therefore tends to eat without making the right amount of physical exercise. Hence the growing number of overweight or even obese cats.
Practically, cats are born as predatory animals that have to hunt to eat: life in the apartment, with a bowl always available or even with meals given at set times, is in a sense too sedentary compared to what it should be. A cat that needs to get dinner is forced to jump, chase, wander around in search of prey: a house cat, however, does not need it.
How to feed the cat by activating its hunter part
Although there is no need to hunt around the house to find food, there are a few small tricks that can help us awaken the predatory instinct of the cat: just think of the toys in the shape of a mouse in which to hide the croquettes. To eat, the cat will have to manipulate the fake prey: in this way, feeding the cat will be a fun way to stimulate his hunting instincts.
To make it even more fun and stimulating, you can buy various toys and divide the cat’s daily food ration into equal parts, in each of them. Hiding i toys full of kibble around the house, the cat will have to hunt his baby food by finding the croquettes and trying to get them out of the small vending machine. Another useful idea is the labyrinth bowl: a simple and cheap way to make your kitty’s meals more stimulating.