How to Feed a Cat
by Sam Salvati - 11/5/19
Although we think of most animals as willing to eat anything placed in front of them, cats care about more than just the food they're eating. Similarly to restaurant critics, cats' perception of their food is affected by its presentation and its aura.
For cat parents, it matters how we feed our cats, not just what we feed them.
Typically, cat owners serve their pals two generous meals a day. This is not the best cat feeding schedule. You should instead focus on these main tips:
- Replace feeding bowls with interactive feeders to encourage "foraging" for food
- Utilize slow feed cat bowls
- Try serving smaller, but more frequent portions
- Designate a private eating area for your cat separate from other pets or distractions
Interactive feeders can simulate the hunting instinct that cats are naturally born with. They are also mentally and physically stimulating.
Slow feeders can limit weight gain by preventing the cat food from being eaten too quickly.
Smaller, more frequent servings can prevent obesity, which can cause serious, life-threatening issues in your feline friend that require veterinary aid. It's recommended that you even measure your cat's food in order to satisfy your cat's unique needs.
A private eating area for your cat also simulates felines' natural habitat. In the wild, cats are territorial with their food. With other animals or distractions around your kitty's meal, she may not enjoy or even eat her food.
Obviously, you should try and serve your pal the healthiest, best cat food, but how you feed your cat is equally important.
Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.