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Tips on How To Feed Your Cat

Compared to humans, your cat needs a high-fat, high-protein diet along with other important nutrients. Cats usually eat many small meals throughout the day, so they easily adopt a free choice feeding schedule to maintain their normal body weight. Dry foods, such as IAMS™ PROACTIVE HEALTH™ Healthy Adult with Chicken, are best suited for free choice feeding because they stay fresh for a longer period.

Nutritional Building Blocks

Cats need nutrients from animal-based protein sources. Providing the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other components found in a portion of complete and balanced pet food can help your cat live a long and healthy life. It is important to avoid supplementing your cat's diet, as doing so may lead to a variety of health problems. 

When selecting cat food, look for ones that offer the following nutrients:

  • Animal protein from meat, poultry, fish, or egg sources to maintain strong muscular structure, vital organs, antibodies, and more.
  • Taurine, an amino acid, found in meat sources such as chicken and fish, but not in plant proteins, to maintain healthy eyes, prevent heart disease. It also promotes healthy reproduction, fetal growth, and development.
  • Essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, which can be found pre-formed only in animal tissues, and vitamin E to help support the immune system.
  • A precise balance of fatty acids to help promote excellent skin and coat health.
  • A fiber source, such as beet pulp, that will help maintain your cat's digestive system health. 

 



 

Special Dietary Needs


Pregnant or Lactating Cats

A cat's energy intake should be increased gradually by up to 50% over her maintenance intake throughout its pregnancy. You can feed your pregnant cat wholesome kitten food to provide the needed nutritional support during the last few weeks of gestation.

After birth, the mother cat's energy increases by 50% to 75% over normal in the first week to twice the normal in the second week, and up to three times during the third week. The third and fourth weeks are the most demanding because kittens are still feeding on the lactating cat’s milk and have not begun eating dry or canned food. Once kittens begin weaning, the mother cat should be feed normal food portions to avoid unnecessary weight gain.



 

Avoiding Obesity

 

‘What do cats eat that result in them developing obesity’ is a commonly asked question by cat parents. Several factors are responsible for causing an unhealthy weight gain in your cat. Food and nutritional requirements of a cat are quite different than that of a kitten or even a senior cat. Simply increasing the amount of food your cat eats to satisfy its nutritional need could lead to cat obesity. And this is a health problem that should not be taken lightly. In general, indoor cats are at a higher risk of developing obesity because they do not engage in many physical activities. But as a cat parent, you must pay attention to your cat’s food intake and make sure it remains active. You may also introduce a new kind of diet that may help your cat to maintain its weight. Read further ahead for some useful cat feeding tips that can help you. 

  

same time, we recommend you control the amount of food you feed your cat. Even if it is a weight loss-based cat food, the quantity should be checked properly. 


Preventing Hairballs

Cats spend a considerable amount of time grooming themselves. In the process, they end up swallowing their body hair. This leads to a hair build-up in the stomach. If the hairball doesn’t pass into the intestines, a cat may try to cough it up. A special diet can help decrease the likelihood of hairballs, but you may decrease its effectiveness if you combine it with other foods.
 

Comparison Of Eating Habits For Underweight V/S Overweight Cat

Underweight Cats:

Underweight cats need more nourishment, which will help them increase their body mass, eventually increasing their weight. For underweight cats, an intake of extra calories is also essential. These extra calories will help your cat gain healthy weight. You may contact your vet who can devise a proper weight gain chart for your cat. 

Overweight Cats: 

Overweight cats need a calorie-restricted diet for them to come down to their healthy weight. In fact, the food you feed your overweight or obese cat should ideally have high protein and low calories. At the
 

How Much Food Should Your Cat Eat Daily?

 

The amount to feed your cat depends on its age, size, and activity level. Feeding guidelines that recommend the daily amount of food you may feed your cat are included on all IAMS packages. Start feeding your cat the mentioned amount and adjust according to its needs. Remember to divide the portion accordingly if you feed more than once a day. With that said now, take a look at this table to know how much to feed your cat:

Weight of cat (kg)

G/day

3

45

4

55

5

60

6

70

7

80

8

90

 

How IAMS Products Help To Solve Over-Eating/Under-Eating Issues?

IAMS offers a high protein diet food for cats that are either underweight or overweight. The IAMS Indoor Weight and Hairball Care food is made with a formula that is suitable for cats who are either in need of increasing weight or decreasing it. The benefits of this cat diet plan are as follows:

  • 1st Ingredient is Chicken. 
  • This formula includes L-Carnitine that helps get your cat achieve its ideal weight and has balanced nutrition. 
  • This food is recommended by Veterinarians as well. 
  • This cat diet plan also helps maintain your cat’s urinary tract health. 

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    Penjelasan Pernyataan AAFCO

    Apa itu AAFCO?

    Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) atau Asosiasi Pejabat Pengawas Makanan Hewan Amerika dibentuk pada tahun 1909 untuk menetapkan sebuah kerangka kerja bagi regulasi yang seragam dalam industri makanan hewan. Meskipun bukan merupakan badan pemerintah, AAFCO beroperasi dalam panduan undang-undang federal dan negara bagian termasuk undang-undang yang diselenggarakan oleh Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dan Departemen Pertanian A.S. (USDA).


    Apa yang Dilakukan AAFCO?

    AAFCO menetapkan standar atau mode untuk regulasi yang ditujukan untuk menjamin bahwa produsen memberikan informasi yang jelas, akurat, dan konsisten mengena makanan hewan, termasuk makanan hewan peliharaan.

    Setiap tahun AAFCO menerbitkan publikasi resmi yang disebut Manual AAFCO. Manual ini, di samping daftar definisi bahan dan istilah dalam makanan hewan, memaparkan masalah pelabelan seperti format label, daftar bahan, dan klaim nutrisi, serta analisis terjamin.

    Regulasi model ini berbeda dari undang-undang. Namun demikian, sejumlah besar pemerintah negara bagian telah mengadopsi regulasi model makanan hewan peliharaan AAFCO ke dalam undang-undang negara bagian.
     

    Apa Itu Pernyataan AAFCO?

    “Pernyataan AAFCO terkait kecukupan atau tujuan nutrisi,” yang disebut juga sebagai “klaim nutrisi” atau “pernyataan lengkap dan seimbang,” mengidentifikasi untuk tahap kehidupan dan/atau gaya hidup yang manakah suatu produk disetujui. Di bawah regulasi AAFCO, pernyataan ini harus diperkuat oleh pihak produsen.



    AAFCO mengakui tiga metode untuk memperkuat klaim tersebut:

    Analisis laboratorium
    Produk akhir dibandingkan dengan nilai nutrisi minimum yang ditetapkan dalam Profil Nutrisi AAFCO untuk anjing atau kucing.
    Label menyatakan: Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC diformulasikan untuk memenuhi tingkat nutrisi yang ditetapkan dalam Profil Nutrisi Makanan Anjing (Kucing) AAFCO untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai).
    Uji coba pemberian makan
    Produk akhir yang telah diuji di laboratorium diberikan kepada anjing dan kucing sesuai dengan protokol AAFCO.
    Label menyatakan Uji pemberian makan kepada hewan dengan menggunakan prosedur AAFCO memperkuat bahwa Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai)
    Analisis untuk membandingkan kecukupan nutrisi
    Analisis laboratorium terhadap produk akhir dibandingkan dengan nilai nutrisi dari produk sejenis yang diberikan kepada anjing dan kucing sesuai dengan protokol AAFCO.
    Label menyatakan Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai) dan sebanding kecukupan nutrisinya dengan produk yang telah diperkuat melalui uji pemberian makan AAFCO
     

    Apakah Protokol Pemberian Makan AAFCO?

    AAFCO telah memaparkan protokol atau panduan yang sangat spesifik untuk melaksanakan uji pemberian makan. Protokol tersebut menentukan kriteria uji termasuk hal-hal seperti:

    Jumlah minimum hewan
    Durasi uji
    Pemeriksaan fisik oleh dokter hewan
    Pengamatan dan pengukuran klinis termasuk berat badan, tes darah, dan pengujian taurin dalam darah untuk kucing.
    Setiap tahap kehidupan memiliki protokol tersendiri. Tahap kehidupan pada anjing dan kucing adalah sama dan didefinisikan sebagai:

    Pemeliharaan Dewasa
    Pertumbuhan
    Hamil/Menyusui
    Semua Tahap Kehidupan
     

    Apa Maksud dari "Semua Tahap Kehidupan"?

    Makanan hewan peliharaan dengan klaim "Semua Tahap Kehidupan" dapat digunakan mulai dari tahap penyapihan hingga dewasa. Klaim ini dianggap sebagai pernyataan yang tidak memenuhi syarat (mutlak) terkait kecukupan nutrisi. Jika diperkuat melalui uji pemberian makan, maka protokol untuk tahap kehidupan hamil/menyusui dan pertumbuhan harus dilakukan secara berurutan, dengan menggunakan kelompok hewan yang sama.
     

    Apa Maksud dari "Pemberian Makan Intermiten"?

    Regulasi AAFCO menyatakan bahwa penjelasan spesifik harus digunakan jika makanan ditujukan untuk kebutuhan nutrisi atau diet khusus yang mengharuskan keterlibatan dokter hewan untuk keperluan diagnosis, penatalaksanaan, dan tindak lanjut.
     

    Kesimpulan

    Memahami pernyataan AAFCO untuk kecukupan nutrisi dapat membantu pelanggan dalam memilih makanan berkualitas tinggi yang menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk tahap kehidupan yang tepat bagi anjing atau kucing mereka.
     

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