Your cat needs a balanced diet. The easiest way to guarantee your cat gets the nutrition they need is to give them a good quality cat food.
Water is an important part of your cat's diet. You must give your cat fresh water daily.
You can feed your cat dry or wet food, or a mixture of both.
Dry food is popular with some cat owners because it can be left out all day, or placed inside feeding balls to provide a bit of a challenge. If your cat has a medical condition, such as urinary problems, it may need to increase their water intake, so your vet may recommend offering only wet foods.
Available in a wide array of flavours, wet foods may appeal to fussy cats.
Check the label on your chosen food for advice on quantities.
Keep an eye on your cat and check their weight to make sure you aren't under- or over-feeding. Preventing your cat from gaining weight is easier than helping them lose weight.
Neutered cats typically need less energy, so consider reducing the amount of food you provide.
Cats like to eat lots of small meals - around 10-12 throughout the day. Pet cats often prefer the same, although their feeding behaviour depends on their environment and their past experiences.
Fresh wet food should be replaced at least twice daily.
Dry food should be replaced at least once daily.
If you are worried about your cat's weight, a good way to slow their eating is to use toys. Watch our video below with some great advice on how to make your own cat feeding toys.