Adult cats might turn their noses up at certain foods, but they do not require the variety that we do in our diet, so it is advisable to stick to one food if that’s what they like. As cats like to pick at their food and take their time, measure out their daily allowance and leave their bowl out for them to graze throughout the day, unless you're feeding a wet diet that may spoil.
Advanced Nutrition foods are specially formulated to support this prime time in your cat’s life, promoting these benefits:
- Healthy skin and coat
- A strong immune system
- Dental health
- Intestinal health
- Healthy urinary tract
Within the Advanced Nutrition range there are a number of specialist diets for cats that are expecting kittens, or cats that are overweight. Take a look below to find the right kind of diet for your cat:
Obesity is on the increase in cats, with overfeeding and lack of exercise as the two main contributing factors. There are several indicators that your cat is overweight - your vet will tell you if they are concerned, but you can help by looking out for the following:
- It may be difficult to feel the ribs
- The stomach may hang low
- The hips may not be visible
- The back may be broader
When cats eat more calories than they need, the excess is deposited as fat. If your cat is more inclined to curl up and snooze than be active, or if your cat is an indoor cat and exercise is limited, it is advisable to select a light complete food, or a special indoor cat food. These foods limit the calorie intake and incorporate L-carnitine to increase the rate at which fat is burnt up, helping weight loss and optimising body condition. To combat obesity, be strict with your cat’s food, feeding them only their daily allowance however much noise they make - they'll soon get used to the new amounts!
Throughout the nine weeks of pregnancy, cats require more calories than their usual diet. To provide enough energy for her and her growing kittens during this time, a complete kitten food is ideal to provide the additional protein supply. Expectant cats will begin to gain weight from the second week of pregnancy, and in the later stages of pregnancy you should be feeding your cat up to 25% more than usual - she'll soon make noises if she's not getting enough food, and it's worth listening to her! She will need the extra strength from a kitten diet right up until they are weaned, but keep an eye on her weight gain to ensure it does not become excessive.