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Meow-ma Mia! Four Common Cat Food Mistakes a Lot of Owners Make

Cats are fiercely independent creatures. Even when they are domesticated, any cat owner will tell you that it seems that those things have a mind of their own. Just because they are independent, however, does not mean that they are not completely reliant on their owners for sustenance.

In our experience, there have been a lot of pet cat owners that have had trouble with their pet’s health because of the cat food mistakes that they tend to make. In order to provide a better understanding for pet owners everywhere, we wanted to discuss some of the common mistakes being made.

Let’s get started!

Giving them Dog Food

Cats and Dogs are worlds apart from each other. This is not just referring to their temperament or their particular care needs. We’re also speaking of their generally biology. While these two animals carry a lot of the same internal organs, their nutritional needs are completely different.

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A common mistake that a lot of cat owners make is that they give their cats some dog food whenever they either have forgotten specific cat food or think that “food is food”. Cats have a particular set of nutritional needs that are met by cat food. Feeding them dog food robs them of that.

Giving Milk to Grown Cats

Everyone who has ever read a newspaper or seen a movie or a cartoon will be familiar of cats that are happy to lap up a saucer of milk. While kittens do drink milk from their mothers and some other alternative (if the mother is unavailable), they eventually transition into solid food.

A common misconception about cats is that they love to drink milk. The fact of the matter is adult cats cannot process milk. In fact, milk can actually make them quite sick. Even if the sight is something that is truly familiar to us, thanks to popular culture, once your cat has been weaned from milk, you should really avoid giving them any.

Raw Fish Diet

Another common misconception would be the belief that cats love fish. While they do love the smell and fish has nutritional value that can be quite beneficial to cats, this does not mean that you should serve them raw fish.

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There have been far too many cats that have infested by unclean seafood. This is because a lot of cat owners have given raw fish to their pets. Just because humans can eat sushi or sashimi does not mean that the animal in your care can do the same. Raw fish—especially one which comes fresh from the market—is untreated and can be carrying parasites that can be waiting in the wings to be consumed to complete its natural life cycle.

Giving Them More than Necessary

In one of the earliest articles that we have published, we’ve pointed out the fact that obesity is one of the more predominant issues that strike a number of pets in the world today. This is due to the fact that pet owners tend to give their pets more food than what they actually need.

When pet owners give their pets twice or thrice the amount of food, you are effectively setting your pet up for health problems down the road. Obesity can lead to a myriad of other health problems for your pet cat like diabetes and liver problems.

So there you have it! We here at Pet Centre of Sparta certainly hope that you have picked up new and helpful information regarding pet health, particularly when it comes to caring for cats in general. We hope that you can avoid the common misconceptions that we’ve pointed out today. We would love to hear your thoughts about this. What other common cat misconceptions have you come across?

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Before You Feed Them Veggies: 3 Things You Need to Know About Cat Diets

One trend that we’ve been seeing a lot would have to be this belief that cats can survive primarily on vegan or completely vegetarian meals. This is something that we believe needs a spotlight upon. We believe that cats can adjust to a variety of flavors that their owners tend to introduce them to.

While that may not be necessarily a bad thing, a lot of owners tend to forget the diets that cat need to maintain in order to remain truly healthy. If you are one of the cat owners that is thinking of switching your cat’s diet to a predominantly vegetables, you may want to read what we have to say about this.

Here are a few important things you need to know about cat’s diets in general:

They Are Not Omnivores

This is something that can be easy to forget as we tend to see vagrant cats being able to eat pretty much anything. That odd diet of theirs is borne out of desperation rather than a conscious decision. Even if you do see them eat what seems to be comprised of plastic or something that been lying there for days, you will most likely see them trying to find meat and protein.

People tend to think that cats are omnivores because they compare their diets to dogs that are able to eat pretty much anything. There are also dogs that have predominantly veggie based diets. This should not give you the idea that cats can survive on the same thing. Their biology is completely different from those of dogs.

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Certain Veggies are Toxic to Them

Certain veggies are actually toxic to cats. Yup, you heard that right. Some vegetables which we (and often other animals) consume on a regular basis can actually and quite literally cause the death of a pet cat.

We feel that much emphasis is needed as there have been countless kitties which have unintentionally been poisoned by their owners. Before you consider giving your pet cat any sort of veggies, we highly suggest that you consult a vet or do a massive amount of research regarding what is safe for them to eat.

Think of it this way, just because we see goats, sheep, and cows eat grass doesn’t mean that we should be doing it, too. We hope that you do try to actively find out what sort of vegetation is actually bad or toxic for your cats before it is too late.

Wild Cats Do Not Eat Vegetation of Any Kind

Our adorable housecats are descendants of bigger and wilder cats that live out in the wild. While a lot of them are endangered, this is due to human involvement and not anything to do with their natural diets. Wild cats are meat eaters.

Wild cats have never been observed imbibing any wild vegetation of any kind. Even if they are found to thrive in different areas which have massive amounts of fruits and vegetables, they do not eat them at all. This is because their digestive system and even their skulls have evolved specifically to better process meat and protein.

So there you have it! We here at Pet Centre of Sparta hope that today’s discussion give you a chance to pause and think about introducing veggies of any sort to your pet cat. What are your thoughts about this? Would you consider giving your pet cat some veggies?