Diet can directly impact not only your cat's health, but also your cat's behavior. It is no longer standard to feed your pet once a day or leave food out all day, unless it is recommended by your veterinarian. How would you feel if you were only able to eat one time a day? Ask your veterinarian if feeding your adult 2 or 3 times a day would be better. Most veterinarians will agree that a few small meals a day is better and healthier than 1 large meal per day. Combining exercise with slight feeding can also help improve the demeanor of your cat.
Pet food ingredients can also affect your pet's behavior in different ways. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) has been shown to increase mental acuity in puppies and kittens. An antioxidant enriched diet has shown that pets are less likely to suffer from age related behavioral changes.
Health issues can stem from feeding your cat an unbalanced diet which can lead to behavioral issues your cat normally would not encounter. Dogs and cats require more than fifty key nutrients, and each should be carefully balanced in your cat's diet. The best way to keep your cat happy and healthy is to go to your veterinarian for regular examinations and routinely discuss dietary needs. Sudden mood changes can indicate an underlying nutritional, behavioral, or health issue.
On June 7, from 1-4 pm, Harmony House for Cats will be hosting their Kitty Summer Social. There will be donation sangria and craft beer, appetizers and desserts, arts and crafts from local artists, raffles, and kitties who want your help and adoration!