Feeding in cats
Before you start talking about our cats nutrition remember that these are descendants of the big cats, strict carnivores, excellent hunters, lonely, selected and highly specialized, taking this in a wildlife to perform various intakes small volume of food, conduct a cat owners should imitate by offering small meals throughout the day. In the case where you will place the entire food ration that corresponds according to their physiological state (puppies, pregnant females, adults, etc), we can see that the animal will consume throughout the day, approaching the feeder 20 times. The difference between home and commercial food diets lie primarily in the feed, as its name implies, has the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, essential amino acids, minerals, fiber, etc. the animal required; currently there are various compositions adapted to different life stages of feline: puppies, adults, elderly people, etc. may vary according to different trademarks, however homemade diets generally have imbalances or without intent to injure the pet, the owner offers foods that can cause problems such as feeding large amounts of raw liver can lead to a hypervitaminosis a, diets in which too much milk is incorporated gastrointestinal disorders can bring with it due to the large variations between individuals in the activity and presence of lactase in the intestine. Recall that cats are not small dogs, therefore NO should be fed with commercial foods for dogs because nutritional needs are totally different in both species. The fresh water available is extremely important when given dry diets to avoid excessive concentration of urine, thus to prevent the formation of urinary stones, very common disease in cats. Obesity in cats: It is necessary to control and respect the amounts of feed, as recommended for each cat, as it is very common to see cases of adult obesity, and sedentary neutered cats, also thereby preventing diseases related to it, such as for example diabetes.
Food in the elderly cats:
Older animals have a lower muscle mass, lower (more sedentary) voluntary activity, decreased basal metabolism, involving all these factors lower energy demand (between 60-70% lower than adult cat), therefore the diet should be reduced in calories but not protein, fiber concentration may be kept constant at the end to avoid constipation.