March is National Nutrition Month in the United States, a time for us all to take a closer look at the foods we eat on a daily basis and how we can improve our overall diet. As a cat owner, it's also your responsibility to make sure that your feline is receiving optimal nutrition, and this month is the perfect time to start. If your feline has become a bit tubby over the winter or doesn't seem to have the same spunk that he used to, you may need to examine what he's eating on a regular basis. Keep the following tips in mind to improve your furry friend's quality of life and increase his longevity.
1. Food labels. The next time you're at the pet store and examining the ingredients in your feline's food, keep in mind that cats are carnivores and shouldn't be eating the corn, grain and carb-filled foods that are very common. Look into products that are made with mostly natural ingredients and are free of preservatives and fillers. Going for an even split between a nutritious dry food and a tasty wet food can help your cat receive well-rounded nutrition.
2. Treats. The occasional treat is alright for your furry friend, but you should really search for a product that will add to his overall nutrition instead of just giving him junk food. If you can't find healthy cat treats at your local pet store, consider looking up all-natural pet stores and holistic vets. These locales will give you great advice to find natural cat treats that can improve animal wellness and prevent any weight gain.
3. Multiple cats. If one of your felines is in need of weight loss more than others, it can be difficult to feed one feline a specific diet while keeping the other one at bay. According to CatChannel.com, while you could decide to place the food in a separate area of the house or on a counter top where the other feline can't get it, it may be better just to separate the cats during mealtime. This will prevent your tubby kitty from dipping into extra food and it can help you be diligent about his diet.
Pet nutrition is one of the most important aspects of cat wellness, so use National Nutrition Month as your motivation to improve your feline's overall well-being.