Cat Food buying guide;
You will find your favourite cat foods here at Time for Paws! With all the leading brands and a comprehensive collection of specialist foods, cats of all ages can receive the correct nutrition for a happy and healthy life. From Kitten Food to senior cat food and including weight control foods, the Time for Paws range offers everything that you need and at the best prices.
Common Cat Feeding Mistakes
It is tempting to treat your cat to a variety of foods which they might enjoy eating but which could cause them harm. The occasional morsel of something naughty is fine but cats require a balanced diet and the correct quantity of food to achieve optimum health. Here are some common cat feeding errors to avoid.
Most domestic cats lead more sedentary lives than their ancestors did in the wild. They are also less active than feral cats who have to hunt for food. Pet cats therefore require less food. Despite the fact that most cats are relatively good at controlling their intake of food, obesity in cats is common in the UK. Cats may look cute when they are a little podgy but this is not good for their health.
Obesity can lead to arthritis, diabetes and urinary tract disease. The quantity of food that your cat requires will depend on their size and how active they are. You should acquaint yourself with what a healthy cat looks like. If your cat appears overweight then moderate their food intake or switch to foods formulated to aid weight loss or weight control.
Providing Insufficient Water
A cat’s natural diet of prey is 70% water. Domestic cats obtain most of the water they need from moist cat foods but could need to drink water as well. Cats on a diet of dry food will need to drink more. It is essential that a source of clean water is always available to your cat.
Creating Nutrient Deficiencies
Cats are carnivores and so should not be fed a vegetarian diet. In addition, many owners provide meat based homemade foods which do not offer the required nutrients. In the wild, cats eat the entire prey including the bones. Homemade foods can be deficient in calcium. The provision of too much tuna or liver can lead to vitamin A toxicosis which will result in brittle bones, joint pain and dry skin. Too much fish can destroy vitamin B1 leading to muscle weakness or brain damage. Commercially produced cat foods are formulated to provide a balanced diet.
Ignoring the Signs of Food Allergies
Cats can develop sensitivities to particular proteins and carbohydrates. Fillers in foods can induce allergic reactions. If your cat is not quite themselves or is scratching themselves, especially around the neck area, then they may be reacting to their food. Switch brands to see if this makes a difference and if there are no improvements consult your vet.
Letting Dry Foods Go off
Dry Cat Foods are convenient and have a reasonable shelf life but once you have opened the packets the foods can go off. They will lose some of their nutritional value if they are left sitting around for some time. Always check use by dates before offering the food and store it in a sealed container once you have opened the box or packet.
Cats are relatively easy pets to look after but they do have specific nutritional requirements. Ignoring these will lead to a raft of health issues. If you are in any doubt about your cat’s dietary needs or whether they are a healthy weight, then seek professional advice.
Cat Food for Fussy Eaters
Or should I say fussy, devious and manipulating!
Whilst most dogs will eat anything even if it isn’t actually food, cats are much more discerning when it comes to cat food. Cats always know what they want and will employ any tactic at their disposal to get it. That bargain basement range of Cat Food that you thought you would try will almost certainly end up in the bin. It will be greeted with scornful looks before your cat walks off with their nose in the air. Their body language will succinctly explain to you that they have no intention of eating such rubbish.
When Even the Best Food Won’t Do
Unfortunately the very best Cat Food might occasionally receive the same treatment. The cat will have a definite idea of what it wants you to serve up at any given time and if the selected meal isn’t it then you are dead in the water. They may occasionally return to their bowl when your back is turned but will most likely hold out to the point of starvation before eating anything that they have decided in unsuitable.
If even the finest foods have failed to tempt your cat then there is usually a simple explanation. They are not holding out for a particular cat food, they are lusting after your food instead. It is all too tempting to sacrifice your steak or tuna in order to silence the winging but you are making a very large rod for your own back.
You can supplement your cat’s diet with tasty cat treats but don’t be into offering these in place of a regular meal. Treats should be rewards for acceptable behaviour, in the unlikely event that you experience any, rather than sops for a cat with a big mouth and an iron will.
It is particularly frustrating when a previously favoured food is suddenly rejected. This might be because the cat can smell that delicious stroganoff on the stove. Alternatively the rejection could simply be the cat deciding that it is time to regain the upper hand.
With incredible stubbornness and an array of irritating behaviours in their armoury, cats can turn mealtimes into a battleground. You will find yourself wondering how something so small can be so disruptive. Those big eyes will seduce you and that incessant meow will inspire evil thoughts but don’t despair. You will reach a truce eventually. A state of concord, if not respect, when your cat will eat the fabulous cat food that you have chosen for them without complaint. You may not win each battle but you can win the war.
The battle of wills
Cats are notoriously stubborn and independent. They also possess surprisingly unique personalities, and this can mean that a food relished by one cat may be rejected by another. Cats can simply refuse to eat if they disagree with your choice of food. However, with our diverse range you are sure to find an adult cat food which your moggie adores and which suits your budget. We always offer the lowest possible prices here at Time for Paws.
Our range features both wet and dry choices and a huge array of flavours. Even the fussiest cat would approve! If your cat suddenly stops eating a food, then it could just be boredom so try switching to new flavours or a different brand in order to liven up your cat’s taste buds.
Balanced wet cat food and dry cat food diets
All our adult cat foods provide a balanced diet for cats which will help them to enjoy excellent health as long as they are given the foods in the correct quantities. Cats can easily become obese and this will seriously impact their quality of life so keep an eye on their weight and don’t be tempted to give them too many treats from your own plate! We have also recently introduced a range of Vegan Cat Food products to our selection.
Adult cat foods
A balanced diet is essential for good health. Your cat requires the nutrients that they would otherwise receive from consuming their entire prey. Homemade cat foods and human food may not feature all these nutrients. However, our excellent range of adult cat foods have been evolved to provide a complete balanced diet and are the most reliable and convenient way to feed your cat.
Your cat requires a balanced diet to remain in good health. Cats are carnivores and require the nutrition that they would receive from eating their whole prey. Homemade food and scraps may not feature the protein, vitamins and minerals that your cat needs. Commercially produced cat foods are formulated to provide an excellent balanced diet and are by far the most effective and convenient choice.
At Time for Paws we are delighted to bring you a comprehensive range of adult cat foods. These include firm favourites like Felix, Whiskas and Sheba. We are also pleased to offer you a fabulous collection of premium foods made from natural ingredients and offering high meat and fish contents. We are sure that your cat will enjoy munching their way through the Hills Science Plan, Orijen, Arden Grange and Royal Canin varieties! We also offer Iams cat foods which have the bonus of the dental care system to prevent tartar build-up on your cat’s teeth.
Indoor and weight control cat foods brands
Cats which spend their lives indoors may gain weight more easily than those who roam outdoors. Any weight problems should be addressed at the earliest opportunity as obesity can lead to a raft of health issues. Indoor cat foods and weight control cat foods have been created to provide a balanced diet whilst offering less fat and fewer calories. Your cat will enjoy these tasty foods which will make controlling their weight so much easier.
Cats are normally very good at regulating their intake of food and so will not usually become obese, even if offered a generous diet. But there are situations in which cats can become overweight or obese. A sedentary lifestyle can certainly prove to be problematic. Cats which spend all of their time indoors expend less energy than outdoor cats and so are more prone to gaining weight. This can lead to serious health issues including diabetes.
It is important that your cat maintains a healthy weight. If your cat is an indoor cat, then you might find that you must pay attention to its diet. Indoor cat foods are formulated to provide less calories and to make it easier for you to exercise portion control.
Indoor cat foods are dry foods which should be measured out carefully to ensure that the correct quantities are provided. These foods do not go off as quickly as canned foods and so will enable your cat to snack throughout the day. Once they are familiar with their feeding routine, they will not feel the need to eat all the food provided immediately.
If your cat has already begun to gain weight, then you should act to correct this problem immediately. Be strict with the portions that you provide and weigh each meal accurately. It can also help if you invest in some toys to encourage your cat to be more active around the home. Indoor cat food will make life easier, but your cat may also need to burn a few more calories!
We have an excellent range of indoor cat food for you to choose from. We have selected fabulous foods from Acana, Go Cat, Pro Plan, James Wellbeloved and Royal Canin. These includes varieties formulated specifically for older cats and longhairs. With our exceptional foods for indoor cats you moggie can live happily indoors without gaining weight.
Cat Biscuits For Indoor Felines
Whilst many cats prove adept at controlling their own weight, others tend to gain weight. This is detrimental to their general health and can lead to serious issues including diabetes. Indoor cats can receive less exercise than pets with access to the outdoors and so are more prone to obesity. If your cat is showing signs of gaining weight, then you should address this problem immediately by providing a change of diet.
The trouble is that merely restricting your cat’s portions may result in them craving and so demanding more food. Your solution is to invest in weight control cat food. This type of feline food has been carefully evolved to provide an excellent and complete balanced diet whilst containing less fat and fewer calories than your pet’s usual food.
Offered in the correct quantities, weight control cat food can play a significant role in enabling your cat to maintain a healthy weight. Portions should be weighed carefully to ensure that they are correct. The foods are highly palatable and so your cat will continue to enjoy their meals.
At Time for Paws we have selected a fine collection of weight control foods from leading ranges including Iams, Pro Plan, Hill’s Science Diet, Royal Canin and James Wellbeloved. These are ranges that you can trust to deliver outstanding nutrition which is tailored to your pet’s needs. You will find these exceptional foods at the lowest prices here at Time for Paws so why not give your cat a healthier lifestyle with weight control cat foods?
Senior cat foods
Older cats have specific nutritional needs which are best met by providing senior cat food. These foods feature the correct balance of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids for weight control, joint mobility, improved immune systems, dental health and care of the urinary tract. Your cat can enjoy its later years in excellent health whilst still enjoying its meals.
As your cat ages its nutritional requirements change. It is best to adjust your cat’s diet accordingly to enable them to lead a long and healthy life. Senior cat foods are specifically formulated to provide the nutrition that older cats need to remain happy and active. With reduced protein and evolved to prevent weight gain, senior cat foods are also highly palatable and provide a complete, balanced diet for your feline friend.
At Time for Paws, our excellent range of senior cat foods is drawn from the world’s finest brands including Iams, Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved, Natures Menu and Felix. With both dry and wet foods to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect food for your favourite kitty.
Senior cat foods are available to suit cats aged seven or older and help them to stay in the best possible shape. Many of the foods feature glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate for improved joint health and amino acids for their calming benefits. The foods also include carefully selected ingredients to boost the immune system, to aid weight control, to support the urinary tract and to improve dental health.
With our exceptional senior cat foods, you will know that your pet is receiving the best possible nutrition during its later years. Each food has been extensively researched in order to create the most appropriate nutrition. Better still, these foods are delicious and so your cat will continue to enjoy tasty meals.
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