Your cat's nutritional needs
Your cat is a meat eater who likes to have a quiet place to eat, away from other cats, and away from where they drink and toilet. The best food for your cat (unless they have special dietary needs) is likely to be a complete cat food from a reputable brand. Now let's explore your cat's nutritional needs at every stage of their life.
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When to call the vet
Watch out for changes in your cat's eating and drinking behaviour, as this could indicate that something is wrong. See your vet if your cat:
• normally eats well but suddenly stops
• has not eaten for 48 hours
• develops a ravenous appetite
• will only eat with one side of their mouth
• makes a grinding noise when they eat
• starts drinking noticeably more than usual
• loses weight for no apparent reason
• is vomiting or has diarrhoea
Regular eating and drinking is essential to your cat's health. If your cat doesn't eat, even for a few days, they can develop a condition of the liver which can be fatal in severe cases.
Your cat is an 'adult' when they are between one and eight years old. Your adult cat needs to be fed once or twice a day, but some will regulate their food intake, so their daily ration can be left out, particularly if you give them dry food.
Cats over eight are considered 'senior'. As your cat grows older, their nutritional needs change and you can buy special foods that cater for them. These foods may have less protein and a balance of minerals and vitamins designed to keep them in good health.