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Buying cheap cat food

It is possible to feed your cat a balanced diet without breaking the bank, by making sure that it receives all the right vitamins and minerals
How can I get bargains on cat food?

You can get bargains on cat food by taking note of the following advice:

How do I introduce new food to my cat’s diet?

When introducing new food to your cat’s diet, do so gradually, adding a small amount of the new food to the regular food, at first. If you notice any problems, such as lack of appetite, vomiting or diarrhoea, discontinue the new food and seek advice from your vet if the symptoms persist.

How can I make sure that I feed my cat a healthy diet?

Cats are carnivores (meat-eating animals) and, therefore, should not be fed a vegetarian diet. They need a mixture of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and particular types of amino acids. Cat food should include all these ingredients, which must be listed on the label by percentage (labels will also contain information about the amount of moisture in the product when it exceeds 14% and the amount of ash in the product). Also, all ingredients must be listed in descending order by weight so that you can check that your cat is getting a balanced diet.

 

Make sure that you choose a cat food that suits your cat’s age. If your cat has a particular medical condition you should follow your vet’s advice about food. You may want to think about cat insurance if your cat has problems with its health.

 

What do I do if my cat is overweight?

If your cat is overweight ask your vet about special light diet meals or prescription diets as these really do work. They will be more expensive, but once your cat has reverted back to its normal weight you can choose a cheaper brand (and make sure that you don’t over-feed the cat again) which will save you money. Keep your cat active and playful.