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Adult Cat Advice – Food

What is the best diet to feed our adult cats?

Commercial ‘complete’ diets usually contain the right balance of nutrients for your cat to allow them to thrive. Cats are pure carnivores – they get all their nutrients from meat and protein found in commercial complete cat food. Some brands are more consistent with their ingredients than others, the higher priced diets are usually more regulated – the most regulated being ‘fixed formula’ diets.

Many commercial diets have different options for your cat’s ‘life-stage’. Adult diets are usually fed from 6 months to 8 years of age, senior diets are often advised to be fed after 8 years of age. There can also be sub-categories within these, such as neutered, working dogs etc. It is important to feed your cat the right ‘life-stage’ diet because their nutrient requirements will vary as they grow.

We recommend Hill’s VetEssentials pet food because of their fixed formula and good range of life-stage options. Plus, their diets contain added clinically-proven benefits such teeth cleaning kibble technology and balanced minerals to maintain good kidney function, healthy bones and joints.

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How much should adult cats be fed?

The amount you need to feed will vary depending on your cat’s weight, body shape and the type of food you feed. On most complete cat foods there will be a guide based on your cat’s weight on the back of the packet. Your cat’s weight will also correspond to a ‘body condition score’ BCS, which is marked out of 5. An ideal score is 3.0, cats with scores above 3.0 are considered overweight and should have their diet altered to help them lose fat. Equally, cats with scores below 3.0 are classed as underweight and should have their diet changed to encourage weight gain (see the chart below).

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Take a look at the video below to help you condition score your cat:

You are welcome to bring your cat in to one of our practices to be weighed and condition scored, plus get some advice on how much to feed. Simply call 01439 771166 to talk to one of our helpful team.

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