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Here you will find answers by our team of vets to FAQs to frequently asked questions in relation to Cat, Feeding and Nutrition

Frequently asked questions about Feeding and Nutrition:

Is it normal when cats drink little?

Question:
Is it normal that cats drink so little? My little cats (domestic cats, ca. 10 weeks old) drink very little during the day?

Answer:
Cats normally drink as much water as they need. Cats, who are fed with dry food, drink much more than cats which already take up fluids via tinned food. However, sometimes cats don’t like fresh tap water as it tastes too much of chlorine. Such cats often drink from flower pots, vases, splashes in the bathroom or outside. You should therefore leave the water to stand for a while to allow the chlorine to dissipate and make the water more palatable. A little drop of cat milk also makes the water quickly into a tasty drink.

How can I reduce my cat’s weight? She does not accept a food reduction. Are there good alternatives to expensive diet food?

Question:
How can I get my Minka cat back to normal weight? Reducing food does not work as otherwise she scratches all the walls and does not let me sleep at night. Does diet food work? Unfortunately, it is also very expensive! Are there cheaper alternatives?

Answer:
The best method to reduce weight in cats is good diet food. This food contains a lot of roughage which is filling and has less calories at the same time. In addition, the cat receives all important nutrients which she needs daily. Try switching your cat to high quality diet dry food. You will see that the dry food will be cheaper in the long run if you convert it to the amount of dry or tinned food per day which the cat eats. Be careful when reducing the food amount or even when not feeding. Not feeding very fat cats can lead to serious and potentially lethal liver failure. Switch the food slowly (mix increasingly more new food with the old over a few days) so that there will not be digestive problems. But remember that the cat has to eat something every day if she does not accept the food to avoid her starving herself. It is also important that the cat exercises a lot (toys, scratching posts, playing…) Try to get the cat moving to make weight reduction more successful. Do not take drastic remedies. If your cat loses 50-100 g per week, that is enough. It is only important that the weight goes down.

Is milk harmful to cats? Can I give my cat cow’s milk diluted with water?

Question:
My cat loves drinking milk. I heard that it is harmful to the cat. Can I give her milk diluted with water?

Answer:
Cow’s milk contains high quality proteins and minerals on the one hand but also a lot of lactose. Certain enzymes are required by the intestines to digest this lactose. But these enzymes are present in adult cats only in very low volume. Cow’s milk can therefore cause diarrhoea. You can be safe if you offer your cat special cat milk. It contains less lactose than ordinary cow’s milk and is easier to digest. You can enrich you cat’s food very well with it.

Is dog food harmful to cats?

Question:
My cat likes eating dog food. Is that harmful to her?

Answer:
The composition of dog food is not immediately harmful to the cat but it does not contain all the ingredients your cat needs. It contains much less protein than cat food which the cat needs to maintain her physical substance. In addition, it contains too little taurine. Cats, which are only fed dog food, can go blind due to a lack of taurine. Cats also have other food requirements than dogs in terms of the mineral and vitamin composition. Therefore, only feed cat food despite your cat’s taste preference. Permanent feeding of dog food can lead to serious health problems.

What can I give her to drink apart from water? Is milk harmful and is it advisable to switch to yogurt diluted with water?

Question:
I have heard that milk can cause diarrhoea in my cat (5 years old). Is it possible to switch to yogurt and dilute this with water or is this harmful to my cat? What can I give her to drink apart from water?

Answer:
Cats often cannot digest lactose well. However, there are huge differences between cats. Some cats can therefore digest milk very well while others immediately get diarrhoea. There is special cat milk available for these cats in pet food stores which contain reduced lactose levels. You can therefore offer each cat some cat milk as a treat without her getting diarrhoea. However, the main drink for cats should be water.

Is cat grass important for a cat’s diet?

Question:
My domestic cat Nino (6 months old) does not eat cat grass. I tried to make cat grass palatable to him several times but so far without success. Is it actually important that an indoor cat eats cat grass? And if yes, how do I get him to eat it?

Answer:
Cat grass is not intended to be food for cats. It helps cats, who have a hair ball in the stomach, to bring this up more easily. As long as your cat is small, he does not have such hair balls and therefore does not need to eat cat grass. If he becomes bigger and gets a lot of hair into the stomach when cleaning himself (mostly only for long hair cats), cat grass can help him bring it up. However, it would be much better to give him food which helps transport these hairs through the intestine (e.g. Select Gold with the hairball transport complex). This food generally prevents the formation of hair balls and your cat does not need to eat cat grass later to be able to bring it up better. Your cat is therefore completely right that he is no plant eater and prefers his cat food to the cat grass.