Dry foods are the most convenient type of commercial cat food. They can help prevent tartar buildup which may lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and are the most economical. You may need to sample different dry foods at home in order to be certain that it suits your feline’s preferences. Although you might want to explore free choice feeding, it can lead to weight and health problems. It is generally wiser to meal feed your cat twice a day.
How much food should I give my cat?
Put out only as much food as your cat will consume in 20 minutes, within the amount that is recommended by the pet-food manufacturer. You’ll soon learn your cat’s eating style. Don’t allow your cat to consume excessive calories, obesity is a great health risk for cats.
How long does dry food stay fresh?
Properly stored, unopened, dry cat food usually has a shelf life of about 12 months from date of manufacture. Once opened, it is a good idea to store your cat’s dry food in a sealed container to retain freshness. Heat and humidity degrade nutritional value, so attempt to buy fresh food. In short, do not feed your cat anything that you feel is unsafe for its consumption and always use your common sense.
Warning: If the bag is greasy on the outside, its fat has soaked through and the food has been left susceptible to contamination from rodents and insects. Choose a new bag.