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As a general rule of thumb, switching up your cat’s diet to satisfy their cravings isn’t really necessary. If your kitty continues to give you the seal of approval with a “meow” at mealtimes, and they’re thriving on the nutritious nosh you’re serving up, then there’s no need to change. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! However, if you sense that your once purr-fect cat doesn’t appear as happy and as healthy as they once were, then it might be a good idea to try alternating their food to ensure that they’re getting their everyday essentials.
Should my cat always eat the same thing every day?
You wouldn’t want to eat the same thing day in, day out. After all, they say variety is the spice of life.
But our cats don’t have the same gripes when it comes to grub. As long as their food tantalises the taste buds, they’ll keep tucking in. Applaws offers a wide range of high-quality, mouth-watering meals bursting with natural ingredients, which makes things a lot easier if you ever do need to shake up mealtime.
You might be required to rustle up a revised menu for a number of reasons:
A new life stage can impact on your pets diet, with manufacturers selling food specific to a particular age group, all of which aid and support the various chapters of development.
Food allergies can also be an issue. If your cat experiences sickness or diarrhoea, they may have had an adverse reaction to a particular ingredient in their food.
Your food-loving felines might also need to switch their meal plan if they develop a specific health condition over the course of their life. Certain specially formulated foods can promote the vitamins, minerals or nourishment needed to target particular ailments.
If your cat is off their food, or doesn’t seem to be flourishing as it should, then a change of tact is necessary. Speak with your veterinarian to identify the best food for your pet’s specific nutritional needs.
What are the signs my cat needs a change in diet?
Upset stomach: Excessive flatulence, vomiting and diarrhoea are common symptoms of an upset stomach caused by food intolerance. Gastrointestinal issues can be triggered by a wide spectrum of ingredients so we would advise consulting with your veterinarian to see if they’re able to identify the specific allergen.
Lethargy/weakness: A number of factors can contribute to tiredness or fatigue in your felines. A busy day, anxiety, illness or stress can all trigger a drop in their energy levels. It could also be a signal that your cat isn’t getting all the goodness it needs from meal times. Diets dense in antioxidants can arouse the immune system, which will aid the recovery, though dietary changes like this shouldn’t be made in the spur of the moment.
Obesity: It doesn’t take much to notice a change in your cat’s frame. A little bit of extra fluff around the edges is particularly noticeable in smaller breeds. Sedentary types can pile on the extra pounds quite quickly if their diet isn’t matched with their activity levels. Some foods can carry too many excess calories so, if you see your cat bulking up, it might be worth considering a switch to a meal specifically designated for weight loss.
Dull appearance: Foods rich in essential fatty acids help replenish your cat’s skin while keeping their fur coats shiny, clean and healthy looking. Your felines should be soft and smooth to the touch so if this isn’t the case then explore a diet containing both omega-3 and omega-6.
Itchy and scratchy: Excessive itching and constant irritation can also be an indication of food allergies. If affected, then a low-allergen diet, consisting of hypoallergenic cat food, might be a solution. If the symptoms persist, your vet might be able to recommend an elimination diet in a bid to get to the root of the cause.
Life stage: You can feed your felines the same meal for prolonged periods of time, but you wouldn’t be able to do it for their entire lives. It’s widely recognised there are three life stages for our kitties; kitten, adult and senior, with each chapter subject to different nutrient requirements. It is important to ensure that your pet is getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals and/or supplements required to support their stage of life. Weight loss or weight gain can suggest an imbalance in their diet.
Always investigate a change in eating habits
Food is fuel, whether you’re a human or an animal. Combining the right foods with the correct portion sizes, in line with your activity levels, will leave you looking in tip-top shape. Your pets, however, will pay the price if they’re guilty of eating too much of the wrong food or failing to ingest enough high-quality meals. If your cat is off their food, or they are no longer responding to their diet, then it’s important to get to the bottom of the problem. They might have developed a food allergy, they might just be feeling a little under the weather, or it could just be that their recurring menu is no longer providing them with the supplements and nourishment they need for that specific stage of life. Either way, it’s an issue that requires investigation and it might just be that your vet can find a therapeutic nutritional solution for your feline.