If only cats could talk, then deciding to switch to a new pet food wouldn’t be such a painstaking process. A pet owner’s best bet is to consult with a veterinarian first if changing your feline pal’s food makes sense.
For a cat who’s doing just fine, there may be no need to change his food. However, you may notice some signs and symptoms that will necessitate your cat to switch his diet. According to a Dubai pet food delivery service, if you’re seeing anything like the following, you should give another food product a try.
1. Dry or Dull Coat
Cats should have a soft, healthy coat. Natural oils keep it shiny and smooth; however, the wrong food can reduce these oils. If your feline friend isn’t getting the right nutrients, you will first notice the signs in his coat.
A dry and flaky coat is a sign that there’s something missing in your cat’s diet. Whether its poor food quality or he can’t digest his food well – you’ll see that something’s wrong with your kitten’s coat.
Foods rich in essential fatty acids are great in keeping a cat’s coat healthy. Look for cat food that contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to revitalize your pet’s coat in no time.
Food is one of the possible causes of allergies. If your cat often itches and scratches his body, you may want to check whether his food has something to do with it. Depending on your cat’s needs, your vet may recommend a low-allergen diet that is designed to reduce the number of allergens your cat gets exposed to.
All cats have distinct activity levels. But if your cat is no longer full of life and energy like he used to be, you need to take a look at his food. A cat that seems lethargic may not be getting what he needs out of his diet.
Once you notice your normally hyper cat suddenly acting sluggish, bring him to the vet. This way, your vet can rule out other causes and recommend a much better cat food. If your cat is just being lazy and the food isn’t the problem, try giving him a scratching post that he can have fun with.
4. Upset Stomach
One of the obvious signs that your cat’s food isn’t compatible with his body is an upset stomach. Chronic diarrhea or vomiting should get checked by the vet as it can be a sign of something more serious. If your vet says that it’s the food that doesn’t sit well with your cat, switch his food right away.
Some cats are sensitive to certain food ingredients. Work with your vet on which food ingredients you should avoid to prevent your cat from having an upset stomach.
5. Unhealthy Weight
More and more pets are becoming overweight because pet owners tend to overfeed. If you always surrender to your cat’s cuteness and give him more than the right amount of food, don’t wonder why your pet is gaining weight.
Nowadays, pet foods have better quality so there’s no need to feed more just to achieve the right nutrition and healthy weight.
To help your cat maintain a healthy weight, you can either control the portions you give or switch to something with lesser calories. On the other hand, if your cat is too skinny, you’ll have to give him more food or switch to one that has higher calories to supplement his needed weight gain.
Maintain or Switch
When it comes to your cat’s food, there’s only two things you can do – you either maintain or switch to another one. What’s important is that you keep a close eye on your cat’s behavior. If you notice any of the five signs above from your feline friend, contact your vet immediately.
Choosing the right diet for your cat is the most important thing you can do as a pet owner to ensure his long-term health. However, that’s still no substitute for medical care so make certain that your pet gets routine vaccinations and check-ups. Your choice of food, effort and care will help your cat enjoy a happy, healthy, and long life.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.