Food For Thought
How Cats Eat
Only the "Fancy Feast cat" expects a linen tablecloth and crystal goblet. But while your cats may be less demanding, they'll still appreciate a properly set table. Here are some suggestions.
- If they eat dry food, throw out the old and give them fresh food every day. Dry food is sprayed with animal fat to make it smell appealing. After the smell has evaporated, cats won't recognize it as food and won't eat it.
- Put your cats' water bowls as far from their food as possible. Another room is best! Cats taste their water, and if there are crumbs of food in it they won't want to drink it.
- Serve your cats' food and water in glass or stainless steel bowls. Plastic can develop cracks that harbor bacteria and can cause chin acne.
- Your cats will prefer bowls that are fairly shallow and wide enough to let them eat without crumpling their whiskers.
- Free feed wet give food or give your cats several small meals every day. Cats' bodies are designed to process several small meals (about 30 calories or the size of a mouse) a day.