Indoor cats have different nutritional needs to outdoor cats. Make sure you’re feeding your indoor cat the diet they need to be happy and healthy.
Indoor cats and outdoor cats have very different health needs due to the nature of their lifestyles. While outdoor cats can be more at risk of injury from their exposure to the environment, indoor cats are more likely to suffer from “lifestyle diseases”, such as obesity due to lower activity levels. It’s for this reason that the diets of indoor and outdoor cats need to be slightly different to ensure each cat is getting exactly what they need nutrition-wise.
Why keep your cat indoors?
Keeping a cat as indoor only means that you will be able to have more control over their health. Because they won’t come into contact with other cats, the risks of your indoor cat picking up infectious diseases is very low (but still possible). Of course, if they stay inside, you’ll also avoid the issues that can arise from a cat wandering into neighbouring property, such as territorial disputes with other cats.
What food should indoor cats eat?
When choosing your indoor cat’s food, you should definitely keep their activity levels in mind. You’ll find that super premium cat food brands have created foods specially formulated for indoor cats. These formulations prioritise the nutritional needs of indoor cats by striking the right balance of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. If you want to keep a closer eye on your cat’s diet, choosing one of these brands will be a step in the right direction.
How much should indoor cats eat?
Just like us, cats can overeat. This is especially a concern for indoor cats as they may not be as active as cats who roam outdoors, and can lead to obesity and other health issues. It’s essential that you utilise the feeding guidelines on the cat food packet as a starting point and ensure that their bowl isn’t being topped up by other family members. It’s ideal if only one person is on feeding duties every week so they can track the amount of food the cat has eaten.
What else should I give my indoor cat?
While, your indoor cat will have a lower risk of picking up outdoor nasties, they will be more at risk of lifestyle-related health concerns. Because their activity levels are lower than outdoor cats, it’s vital that they have a range of toys that encourage movement and mental stimulation. Scratching posts and interactive toys are must-haves for indoor cats.