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.
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.
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?