What to Feed a Cat in a Pinch - Pets
Obligate carnivores are designed to meet their energy needs with calories supplied by protein and fat – not by carbohydrates. The average prey (birds, mice, rabbits, etc.) of a wild cat is made up of only 3 – 5% of calories from carbohydrates. Now consider that dry kibble diets generally range from 35% – 50% carbohydrate calories and you will see a serious disconnect between what the cat is designed to eat and what Man insists on feeding to them. Dry foods flood the cat’s system with 5-10 times (500% – 1,000%) more calories from carbohydrates than what would be found in a wild cat’s prey.
I plan to get a couple of “barn” cats…although they will have a very warm, insulated cat home in our garage and we spend as much time as possible outdoors so we will be out with them often. I know that it is important to feed our little hunters but should I be accounting for the calories they are getting from that? How am I supposed to know what and when they are eating in addition to the meals I give them? There are plenty of mice around now, as we have farm field all around, but I worry about once they are adult and here for a while and the population depletes.
How you feed your cat can be as important as what you feed your cat. We all want our cats to be strong, vibrant and healthy for as long as possible! Scheduled feeding is a method that allows you the most control of your cat’s diet and helps you address any health issues your cat may face.With free feeding, the cat chooses how much to eat and when. The only control that you have over your cat’s diet is what type of food is in the dish.If you are just changing to scheduled feeding from free feeding, don’t panic about not having all of these answers at first. Over time, you will naturally learn what is “normal” for your cat and what is not.When feeding your cat a liquid diet using a syringe or bottle, make sure to go slow so that your cat can swallow what you are giving him. Food that is aspirated, or breathed into the lungs, can cause pneumonia and ultimately lead to death. For detailed information on syringe and tube feeding, see "How to Feed Your Cat" in Resources. If your cat requires a liquid diet or won't eat, and you have difficulty feeding her by hand, you may want to talk to your vet about a short-term or long-term tube option to ensure he gets the right nutrition to heal.You can feed your cat anywhere you like. You can feedin the kitchen, on top of the washer, in the bathroom, on the carpet,etc. You can feed the cat in a bowl, although my cat drags her rawmeaty bone out of the bowl to eat it. My personal preference is to feedon a plastic placemat. The cat can then drag her food out of the bowland eat it off the placemat. This keeps the floor from getting dirty(until she drags it off the placement...) and makes her meal place aneasy spot to keep clean. The bowl is still useful to me; I use it to mixup an egg for her or to feed a little bit of canned fish every now andthen. Sometimes my cat will use the bowl to her advantage when eatingan awkward raw meaty bone. She will pull her food half-out of the bowlso that part of the raw meaty bone sticks up in the air, making it easyfor her to eat it. Basically, where you feed, what you feed out of, andwhat you feed on are up to you and your cat.Kitty should only get "extras" occasionally. His regular meals should be a high-quality cat food (look for a statement from AAFCO -- the Association of American Feed Control Officials -- on the label). If you give him food that's meant for people, talk to your vet about what and how often you should add to his diet. Overfeeding can lead to an overweight cat and health problems.