Insights into nutritional needs of your indoor cats
Indoor cats have specific needs that differ from their outdoor counterparts, and one crucial aspect of their wellbeing is their nutrition. Let’s delve into indoor cat behavior and how proper nutrition can help support good behavior and great health.
–by Dr Punith G
Cats are fascinating creatures that have captivated the hearts and minds of humans for thousands of years. Whether you’re a long-time cat parent or are just starting to explore the world of feline companionship, understanding your pet’s behavior is key to building a strong relationship with them.
The ABC of indoor cats’ behavior
Indoor cats, as the name suggests, are felines that live exclusively indoors. They typically spend their days lounging, playing, grooming, and exploring their environment. Compared to outdoor cats, indoor cats tend to have a more predictable and structured lifestyle and have unique needs that require attention. Outdoor access is difficult for indoor cats and a trend towards indoor lifestyle might restrict how much they are able to behave normally.
One common issue that indoor cats face is boredom. Cats naturally hunt and prefer slightly raised areas without this stimulation, indoor cats can become restless and even depressed. This can lead to behavioural problems such as aggression, scratching, and excessive meowing. It’s important for indoor cats to have access to toys, scratch pads, and other forms of mental and physical stimulation probes to keep them engaged and happy.
Another issue that indoor cats face is obesity. Without the opportunity to roam and hunt for their food, indoor cats may become sedentary and they tend to overeat. This can lead to various health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart ailments. Providing a healthy, balanced diet and encouraging exercise can help prevent these issues.
The right way of feeding your pet
Cats are natural grazers. They have a different feeding routine where they nibble on small amounts of food at least 12 – 18 times in a day and these filled bowls during the daytime may r e su l t i n overfeeding as well. To avoid overfeeding your pet, carefully measure each meal according to the serving guide on the packaging. Cats can also adapt to several smal l measured meals a day. If you prefer to do this, feed your cat little and often throughout the day to keep their energy levels up.
There are foods that are specially developed for indoor cats to ensure that your pet is getting all the nutrients. One such diet is Drools dry cat food. These specially formulated diets have the following benefits which make them best suited for your indoor cats.
- Higher protein and lower calories to keep them lean and fit.
- A careful balance of vitamins and essential minerals to ensure reducedhealth iss ues like urinary problems.
- Packed with nutrients that are essential for skin and coat health.
- High level of indigestible fibres to help prevent hair ball formation and eases the excretion of hair eaten during the self-grooming process.
- Special fermentable fibres that work with good bacteria in the gut to reduce the nasty stool smell.
It is also important to make sure that your indoor cat has plenty of access to fresh and clean drinking water.
Having fun whilst they get moving
ayMExercise for indoor cats is important – You can help by gently encouraging them to get active by making sure they have fun whilst they get moving. Here are a few things you can do to make a workout more enjoyable for your pet –
- Dedicated time to play every day – rolling a ball or dangling a “fishing” toy will keep your pet moving and also make you a part of their fitness regime.
- Climbing and scratching towers give your pet new heights to conquer, and satisfy their curiosity to explore.
- Put some of their allocated food portions into a feeding ball, so that your pet spends time playing with the toy to release the tasty treat inside.
- Place food at the top of the stairs or climbing tower – you’ll be surprised at how willing your pet will AprilMaybe to climb if it means a tasty morsel in return.
- Consider options for letting your pet explore the great outdoors. Either a playpen, a fenced garden or a short walk on a lead can all help your cat to get more exercise every day.
With a little guidance from you, your feline friend can be just as happy, healthy and entertained as the ones that are outdoors.
Indoor cat behavior is a complex topic that requires attention and care. Providing your indoor cat with a healthy, balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs is crucial for promoting good behavior and overall wellbeing. By understanding your pet’s unique needs and providing them with a supportive environment and appropriate nutrition, you can help ensure that they thrive and live happily.
(Dr. Punith G. – MVSc, Animal Nutrition; Asst. Product and Techno-commercial manager Drools Pet Food Pvt Ltd.)