7 Tips For Raising a Healthy Cat in Honor of National Adopt a Cat Month

1. Pay Attention to Diet and Thirst

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The consensus among veterinarians these days is that high-quality wet food is the best for the health of your cat, as it’s most like what their diet would be like in the wild. If you have concerns about how this will affect your budget, a combination of wet cat food and kibble can work as well. The most important thing to consider is that you want to introduce wet food as early as possible, as cats can be quite finicky about texture. If you wait too long to introduce wet food into their diet, they might not eat it. As with all pets, you also want to be judicious about doling out cat treats so as to avoid the health issues that accompany obesity. Most importantly, keep in mind that cats cannot be vegetarians, even for short periods of time. The dry food is mostly carbohydrates, so it won’t contain enough meat and can lead to weight gain.

As this article from Health magazine notes, “today’s domestic cats evolved from desert-dwelling forefathers, and they don’t have the same thirst-drive as dogs. They need to get most of their water from food.” This is another reason why wet food is preferred. If you adopt an older cat, however, you need to watch out for signs of dehydration, which can be panting, sunken eyes, and lethargy.

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