What is a healthy diet for a cat?

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Ensuring that your cat has a healthy diet will keep your pet healthy and happy. We advise giving your cat constant access to clean drinking water in addition to a well-balanced, meat-based diet (cats cannot be vegetarian!) Cats will naturally eat several small meals per day and making sure that your cat enjoys a balanced diet suitable for their age, health status and lifestyle will keep them fit and strong.

Top tips for feeding cats:

  • Without drinking water, your cat could become severely ill within hours. Give your cat constant access to clean drinking water.  Note: Cow's milk is not a substitute for water
  • Cats need a well-balanced, meat-based diet to stay fit and healthy - they cannot be vegetarian. Make sure your cat eats a balanced diet  that is suitable for their age, health status and lifestyle. Why not try our cat food?
  • Most typical human food does not meet the nutritional needs of cats, and some human foods can even be poisonous to cats, e.g. onions
  • Cats naturally eat several small meals per day. Make sure you feed your cat every day and try to split their daily intake into several small meals (unless advised otherwise by your vet).
  • How much your cat needs to eat depends on their age, lifestyle and health. Always read and follow the feeding instructions that relate to the cat food you buy.
  • If a cat eats more food than they need they will become overweight and may suffer. Equally, if a cat is eating too little, they will become underweight. Adjust the amount of food according to the needs of your cat.
  • If you provide a litter tray, make sure their food and water positioned well away from it. Most cats will not eat if their food is placed too close to their toilet site.
  • Talk to a vet if your cat's eating and drinking habits change - it could be a sign they're ill.
  • Make your cat delicious and healthy treats by following the instructions in our video:


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