Nutrition

What should I feed my cat?

There is endless choice as to how you feed your cat, which makes choosing the right food challenging. In addition the market is less regulated than human foodstuffs, and some packaging may not even tell you what is in the food.

We advise that the best option is to feed a good quality, complete dry cat biscuit. You should also always have unlimited fresh water available.

Why is a quality, complete dry food best for my cat?

These ranges are good quality, complete and balanced, supplying all of your pets needs to keep them healthy. Dry biscuits are easy to store and use without mess. Biscuits encourage chewing so are better for your pets teeth. Dry diets are also better value for money than wet diets.

Why do Stow Veterinary Surgeons recommend Mipet and Royal Canin?

Mipet food is made by Goldenacres Petfoods, who make over half the quality petfoods in the UK. Royal Canin food is made by Waltham, who have been researching pet nutrition for over 50 years. As we stock food for these suppliers, we can provide discounts on these products for you.

Which of the recommended diets should I use?

If your pet is healthy, you should choose the diet for your pets lifestage. If your pet has certain conditions, we may advise using a diet specially formulated to help with that particular condition.

How much should I feed my cat?

It is very important to feed your pet the right amount for them. Being overweight is thought to reduce your cat’s life expectancy by three years. Start with the feeding guideline on the bag and monitor your pets weight and condition. All cats are individuals so you may need to change the amount you are feeding to keep your dog in the best possible condition.

Which foods should I not feed my cat?

Low quality

We do not recommend feeding low quality foods. Just like human food, you will generally get what you pay for. Particularly avoid foods which are sold loose as they need to be sealed to maintain freshness, and vitamin and mineral content. It is also best to avoid foods which contain high levels of colourings. The colours in these foods attract our attention, but cats do not mind what colour their food is. Foods with many flavourings are also better avoided.

Homemade food

Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee any homemade diet is balanced and contains everything your pet needs. In particular cats can suffer severe health problems if they are fed a vegetarian diet, or overfed on fish.

Bones

Cooked bones or chicken bones readily splinter and can cause damage to the gut. Safe toys, which can be filled with safe treats, are better.

Poisonous food

Remember all animals are different so even if it is safe for you to eat it may harm your pet. For example chocolate, grapes, onions, caffeine, avocado and macadamia nuts can all make your pet seriously unwell.

How would joining Healthy Pet cCub help with feeding?

Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the Mipet and Royal Canin food.