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Cats - Feeding Tips

Every cat is different with its own preferences with regards to when and where it is fed!  However, here are some top tips.  We also suggest you read some articles we have written for Your Cat magazine on fussy eaters inour media section.

1.    Clean, fresh water should always be available to all pets

2.    Opened cans and pouches of petfoods should be stored in the fridge and used within two days

3.    Dry pet food is available in re-sealable packets, or can be stored in an air tight container up until the best before date.

4.    Always be responsible when feeding treats – reduce the size of the meal accordingly and don’t feed so much that the nutritional balance of the diet is disrupted.

5.    Always keep food and water bowls clean, wash and rinse them well, separately from human food dishes. Plastic bowls may have to be replaced periodically.

6.    Feed an amount to maintain good body condition - use our Cat Size-O-Meter.

7.    Make looking after your pet family fun – sign up to the Pet Pledge and use our weight log and food diary - all in our toolkit section.


Some foods might look delicious to us but it doesn't mean our cats can eat them too. Find out which foods you should avoid feeding your cat.

  • Alcohol
  • Bones
  • Dog food
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee and tea caffeine
  • Eggs
  • Excessive fat
  • Green parts of tomato plant
  • Grapes raisins
  • Human vitamins and supplements
  • Licorice
  • Moldy food
  • Onions, garlic, chives
  • Raw and undercooked meat
  • Slug pellets
  • Yeast


Any homemade pet food you provide will need to be tailored to your cat’s individual needs and should take in to consideration factors such as lifestage and lifestyle, for instance how old are your cats? Are your cats active? As it is a tailored approach, you will need to find a vet or animal nutritionist who can help you with this.

For more tips on feeding cats, read this article in Your Cat magazine.  Another article here focuses on portion control and looking at cost savings.

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