Six healthy, adult research cats.
By establishing your cat's normal eating behaviors and patterns, you will be better able to notice when any small changes occur that could be indicators of your cat's inner health.
Fourth, an increase in age conferred a significant risk for an increase in total number of SB and for an increase in upper gastrointestinal signs and avoidance behaviors. The effect of age was somewhat surprising; although increases in SB have been reported for aged mice, no cat in this study was older than 8 years of age. Although the mean age of the cats with FIC was somewhat older than that of the healthy cats, no significant differences in the effect of age on SB were identified between these groups.
Regarding feeding, the target goal for an average sized 11 pound cat is 200 calories per day. Keep in mind the targeted amount of calories varies depending on several factors. These factors include whether this is a maintenance diet or a weight loss diet and what the ideal weight of the cat needs to be. The key is to know how many calories you are currently feeding so you can know where to go from there. Other factors include the size of the cat(some breeds are bigger than others), age, health and, of course, activity level of the cat. Some cats will require a little more than 200 calories a day while others may require a little less depending on the factors listed above. Since the goal is to ADD canned food to the dry diet this 200 calories per day must be calculated from both the dry and canned food combined. And since we no longer want to “free-feed”, the 200 calories for the day must be divided into 3-4 smaller meals throughout the day. We may have confused “free-feeding” with the fact that cats need to eat several times a day but only a tiny amount, about the size of a mouse as mentioned before, at each meal.I know this is an entirely new approach and a lot of people do not like the hassle factor, messiness, smell, etc.. of canned cat food but it is in the cats best interest for their overall health. Another new concept to consider is cats need different flavors and textures in their diet. Obviously, it is preferred to introduce this concept as kittens but a slow gradual introduction in older cats is still recommended. The goal is to vary their diet at an early age so they will not grow up preferring only dry food or only wet food. Both should be incorporated into their daily lives to ensure that your feline friends have a happy and healthy life!Another idea is to put the food bowl in different places throughout the house, changing the location often to initiate their hunting instincts. Cats need to exercise not only for their physical well being but for their mental well being too. The key is balancing their energy (food) intake to their energy (exercise) expenditure. Implementing preventative measures is always easier than trying to reverse a health problem.There’s more to keeping your cat healthy and happy than food, water, toys, and your love — cats need regular vet visits for vaccinations and screening tests. In fact, proper cat health care can help protect your cat from infections, serious diseases, parasites, and other health problems.