Green Your Kitten

kitten windowHave you ever thought about being "green" with your cat? This is actually a very realistic possibility. Everything from your feline friend's food to its toys can be ecologically responsible. While you may think going vegetarian is a green option as far as feeding your cat, this is absolutely incorrect, and attempting to do this can cause serious health problems. Cats, unlike dogs, are carnivores, and need a meat-based diet. Responsible Feeding First off, if your cat is overweight, stop free-feeding and start feeding twice a day with tailored amounts to your cat's weight. See a vet if you think your cat's poor physique is a sign of something worse. Next, think about where your cat's food is made. There have been problems with recalls lately for foods made outside of the USA. Many pet parents are more comfortable with food made in the same country that they reside in. Certain food brands get extremely specific - even down to the city or farm where each ingredient is made. While this may not be something you deem necessary, it's something to keep in the back of your mind. The next important aspect of your cat's food is what I call The First Three. Basically, the first three ingredients on your bag of cat food should tell you almost everything you need to know about it. If the first three ingredients say "meat by-product meal" or almost anything with the word "corn" you can probably do better. Pick a food that has a specified meat source. Fun fact, chicken meal is just dehydrated chicken. The same goes for other "meals", so do not be afraid. Usually I like to stick with a primary meat source that is some sort of fish (salmon, for example) to improve my cat's coat health through omega-3. However, if you find that your cat prefers chicken, beef, rabbit, or even venison, go for it. Whatever makes your cat healthy will make you happy. The next two ingredients should include things like specific vegetables, or other high quality ingredients that will help digestion. If your cat is indoor only (which is highly recommended) look for a high fiber food made specifically for indoor cats. The fiber content will allow your cat to pass hairballs more easily, and allow you to pick up fewer hairy messes off your carpet. file0001000811568Finally, be aware of your cat. If you recently switched to a new food and your cat refuses to eat it, or if you see drastic changes in skin, coat, or digestive health (after a slow transition) switch to a different food and see your vet if necessary. High quality food does for cats exactly the same thing it does for humans - prevents costly medical bills and improves quality of life. Be smart, and take good care of your furry friend. Thanks for reading! Holly

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