Does Cat Eat Vegetables?

Cats are carnivores by nature. Although their prey may have dined on grains and vegetables, these elements are only present in small  amounts within the animal’s digestive system. Some cats enjoy chomping on plants every once in a while to get roughage or fibre. Along these same lines, cats chew on and eat grass in order to throw something up, like a hair ball that’s caught in their throat.

If cats do not eat herbs or vegetables in the wild. So, why do pet food manufacturers add grains such as brown rice, vegetables, herbs, and even fruit to cat food? The answer? To appease the owners, who may have been adding whole grains, vegetables, herbs, and fruit to their own diet. These owners think cat needs to eat likewise.

Cats get certain key nutrients from meat. They need nutrients such as taurine, arachidonic acid, vitamin A and vitamin B12 which cannot be obtained from herbs or vegetables.  Without a steady supply of these nutrients, cats can suffer from liver and heart problems, not to mention skin irritation and hearing loss.  Taurine is one of the most important nutrients present in meat but it is missing from plants. Taurine deficiency will cause blindness and heart problems in cats.

A diet high in plant material can make cat’s urine too alkaline. This can cause very painful stones to form in the urinary tract. The fiber in plant matter can cause diarrhea or gas and interfere with your cat’s ability to digest both the offensive plant and other, healthier foods.  If you wish to give your cat grains and vegetables, it should comprise no more than 25 percent of his diet. Compared with 30 percent protein and 40 percent fat derived from chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, or fish.

Be particularly skeptical of any pet cookbook that advocates giving your cat considerable quantities of grains or other plant material. Especially books whose ingredient lists include garlic, which is toxic to cats.

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Changing Cat Food

If you decide to transition your cat to different food, do so gradually. For instance, you decide to dump a dry-food regimen for wet food,, which contains the protein that cats desire without carbohydrates that can become problematic for overweight cats.

If you decide to switch food brands because the one you are currently feeding your cat is no longer available. Plan several days, ideally one week, to introduce this dietary change to your cat. Otherwise, she will have no interest in dining.

Every cat will respond differently to dietary changes. Some can stomach a quick change, but most need time to adjust. If possible, your cat should be transitioned slowly from one food to another. Sudden changes in your cat’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset and may result in diarrhea, vomiting, and even a reduced appetite for your cat. Go slow with the transition. This process may take much longer than a week, depending on your individual cat. Start by mixing old and new food, and the mealtime switch will be minimally disruptive. Your cat’s litter box will be the best place to check for answer.

Day 1: 90 percent original food, 10 percent new food

Day 2: 80 percent original food, 20 percent new food

Day 3: 70 percent original food, 30 percent new food

Day 4-10: continue pattern of decreasing original food and adding more of the new food

Types Of Treats For Cats

Treats is an excellent motivator for cats during training as a tasty token of affection.  At around 8 to 10 weeks of age, kittens are old enough to eat solid foods exclusively. They can have a treat or two as a reward for good behaviour. You can find out what taste your cat prefers (fish, chicken, beef, vegetable) through trial and error. Unlike most dogs, who will  basically eat what is in front of them as long as it does not run away, cats tend to be finicky. They let you know what they like.

Dental treats: These snacks work double-duty, removing plaque and cleaning your kitty’s pearly white while rewarding her with a treat.

Low-cal snacks: If you tend to dole out treats generously, opt for a low calorie treat.

Hairball remedy treats: Nothing is really as good as hairball formula cat food, regular doses of Petromalt and regular grooming sessions, but if your cat suffers from hairballs, these treats may offer a supplement to your hairball prevention routine.

Catnip: Catnip is available in flakes, treats, or grass forms. You can fill an interactive toy with catnip flakes. Or purchase stuffed toys that are filled with these substance.

Semimoist and chewy treats: Semimoist and chewy treats are easy on cats with dental issues.

Meat treats: You can purchase meat treats, or portion small bites of “people” meat (Chicken, beef) that is not seasoned.

Joint health treats: This type of treat provides your cat with chondroitin and glucosamine which help maintain healthy joints. They’re a good choice for older cats that suffer from joint stiffness and arthritis.

All natural yummy: Tuna flakes, cats grasses, lactose-free milk, and other low-cal treats are healthy for your cat.

There is nothing wrong with treating your cat, but don’t simply give your kitty treats when he begs you for them, because this will only lead to your little guy following you around and constantly begging for treats. Treat your furry buddy when he behaves well or performs a desired behaviour. Keep treats to 5 percent of your cat’s total food intake, especially if your cat need to drop some weight.