Do you need sedatives?
If the pet is always very nervous during a visit to the veterinarian, then before castration, you can give him a special sedative that is allowed for animals. This will protect the cat from additional stress. The medication must be prescribed exclusively by a veterinarian.
When to return to your usual diet?
After the operation, when the cat completely recovers from the anesthesia, you can return all his favorite dishes to the cat’s menu. In the first hours after the procedure, the animal will refuse any food and consume only water. But a good appetite will come back to him very quickly. Cats recover from surgery much faster than cats after spaying. You can feed your pet as soon as he asks for it.
Vaccinations and treatment against parasites
It is very important that before the castration procedure, the cat is vaccinated according to an individual schedule (taking into account his age and developmental characteristics). After the last vaccination, at least 1 month must pass. If the animal was not previously vaccinated, then the veterinarian can use a special serum immediately before the procedure, which will strengthen the cat’s immunity for the next 2 weeks. This will prevent the risk of developing dangerous consequences after surgery.
It will be required before castration and to treat the pet from parasites. Even if the owners do not forget about the regular deworming of the cat, it is recommended to carry out an unscheduled procedure on the eve of the operation. This is true if more than a month has passed since the last treatment. Deworming is carried out 10 days before the scheduled date of the operation.
Prophylactic visit to the veterinarian
Before carrying out any surgical operation, the owner of the animal must make sure that his pet is in excellent health and does not have any diseases. In order not to miss a hidden infection, it is worth taking the cat to the veterinarian. An experienced specialist will examine a representative of the feline family and make a conclusion about his condition. If necessary, the animal will be assigned additional examinations and tests.
- Biochemical and general analysis of blood and urine;
- Research for the detection of sexually transmitted infections.
They should never be ignored. All tests must be submitted shortly before surgery.
It should be noted that urolithiasis is a contraindication to castration. It is most commonly found in adult animals. At risk are those cats whose diet is based on dry food of economy class.
If the kitten has a serious infection or any other health problems on the eve of the procedure, the owners should start treatment as soon as possible. You can sign up for castration again only 3 weeks after the pet has fully recovered.
Nutrition and sedation
During the discussed operation, drugs are used to euthanize the animal. One of the most common side effects of these is nausea and vomiting. They appear both during the action of anesthesia and already in the postoperative period. Therefore, it is worth stopping feeding the pet on the eve of castration. The forced diet should start 12 hours before the procedure. The owner must completely restrict the cat’s access to food, but offer him clean drinking water in limited quantities. Do not worry about the condition of the animal, such a short fasting will be easily tolerated and will not lead to the appearance of any ailments. Approximately 4-5 hours before the operation, the cat’s access to water should be limited. He will be allowed to drink only after the completion of the castration procedure.
How to prepare a cat for castration?
Today, castration in veterinary medicine is considered a simple and safe operation. than 52% of modern owners decide to take their pets to such a procedure.
So that the operation does not harm the health of the pet, and the animal is able to recover in a short time after surgery, it is necessary to prepare the cat for castration in advance. There are several rules on how to do this correctly and correctly.
Today, castration in veterinary medicine is considered a simple and safe operation. than 52% of modern owners decide to take their pets to such a procedure.
So that the operation does not harm the health of the pet, and the animal is able to recover in a short time after surgery, it is necessary to prepare the cat for castration in advance. There are several rules on how to do this correctly and correctly.
- Prophylactic visit to the veterinarian
- Nutrition and sedation
- When to return to your usual diet?
- Do you need sedatives?
- Vaccinations and treatment against parasites
- Apartment preparation
Before going to the veterinary clinic, you need to prepare a special place in the house where the cat will rest after the operation. It must be warm, safe and free of drafts. It is advisable to equip such a place on the floor, since the first couple of hours after the surgical intervention, the animal will lose coordination. For some time he will only crawl and can easily fall off the sofa or chair. During this period, he will need additional care.
In addition, you must:
- Thoroughly wash the floor so that dirt and infection do not get into the wound of the operated animal. The veterinarian will seal the damaged area with a special plaster, but the animal can quickly rip it off.
- Cover the floor with diapers or towels. This is especially true in the first few hours after surgery, when the cat is not yet able to control urination.
- If there are other animals in the house, they should be isolated from the furry patient for 2-3 days.
After a successful surgical intervention, the cat is taken home, where he will recover from anesthesia in more comfortable conditions. If the owners have properly prepared their pet for the operation, then the rehabilitation period for the animal will be quick and easy.
How to properly feed a cat with natural food: what you can and cannot give
You can feed your cat with natural products or ready-made food. The main thing is that the diet should be balanced, complete, supplying the body with enough micro- and macroelements, vitamins.
However, not every natural food is suitable for a pet. There are lists of allowed and prohibited products.
Milk should be present in the daily diet of a kitten, meat is given ground in a blender or meat grinder, the daily portion is divided into 5-6 meals.
Flour food and diabetes
If an animal has a disease such as diabetes mellitus, then flour food is categorically contraindicated for it. A carbohydrate-free diet is indicated for feeding animals with this disease.
Eating foods high in carbohydrates will exacerbate the disease and can kill the animal.
Fish as the basis of natural food
Meat should be the basis for natural feeding of a cat. It will not work completely to replace it with fish. Thawed sea or ocean fish can be fed two to three times a week, replacing meat with it. Raw fish is given to the animal along with the bones: this is useful for the activity of the cat’s digestive tract.
Features of nutrition of different categories of animals
Some categories of animals have their own dietary habits, depending on age and position.
Other foods for a healthy diet
In the diet, you can include cereals of rice or buckwheat. But only sometimes and little by little, you cannot constantly feed the animal with cereals.
Cereals for the diet of cats are not useful: they contain too many carbohydrates, which can cause an imbalance in the digestive system and destroy the intestinal microflora, which will lead to dysbiosis and a drop in general immunity.
How to transfer an animal to natural food
It’s good when a kitten is accustomed to natural products from childhood, but it is quite possible to retrain a cat who is accustomed to dry food. If you change the food abruptly, the animal can become stubborn, refuse to eat and starve for several days. To make the transition painless, you have to try a little.
In the daily portion of dry food, you need to mix natural food in a small amount, replacing at first about 10%. Gradually, the share of natural feed should be increased, and dry. reduced. After two weeks, you can completely switch to natural food.
Meat and offal
The basis of a healthy diet for representatives of the cat family is meat and meat by-products. The following meats can and should be fed to cats:
- Beef is the basis of the diet, as long as it is not too fatty.
- Lamb, horse meat, rabbit meat are quite acceptable in the diet of cats 2-3 times a week.
- Chicken or turkey can replace up to half of the meat ration. It is undesirable to feed poultry skin to cats: it contains too much fat.
- By-products. heart, kidneys, liver, are acceptable in the diet in moderation and pre-frozen.
Frozen meat must be defrosted and poured over with boiling water, warmed to room temperature and only then given to the animal.
Dairy products are necessary for the feline body as source of animal protein, but natural milk is practically not absorbed by the digestive system, since the body does not produce a special enzyme to break down lactose.
But fermented milk products are perfectly absorbed, on which various bacteria and sticks have already worked:
- Cottage cheese;
- Low-fat sour cream;
All these fermented milk delicacies can be present in the cat’s diet every day, but always in small portions, you cannot make them the main course.
When to get vaccinated: before or after?
Veterinarians have a very definite opinion on this matter: if the vaccination period is suitable for a cat, you first need to be vaccinated, wait at least 10 days, and only then sterilize. If before the expected vaccination period is at least 20 days, the animal can be operated immediately, and then, when it completely recovers from the consequences of the surgical intervention, the necessary vaccinations can be done.
In cases where, due to the negligence of the owners, the animal was not vaccinated at all, it is strongly recommended to carry out all the necessary vaccinations, then wait all the same 10 days from the moment of the last, and then carry out the operation.
Important! In such situations, we would recommend waiting at least a month after the last vaccine was administered. This is necessary for the cat to develop a normal, stable immunity.
The problem is that the postoperative period is a very dangerous time. The animal’s body is weakened, the immune system is “busy” with eliminating the consequences of surgery. Simply put, the risk of developing infectious pathologies is greatly increased. So we would not advise you to risk your pet’s health.
Do I need treatment for worms before sterilization?
Yes, we do. over, in cases of abdominal surgery, accompanied by general anesthesia, neglect of processing can cost the animal’s life. It should be carried out about 10 days before the scheduled date of the operation.
If the veterinarian or the owner himself suspects that the intensity of the worm infestation is serious (in other words, you think that the cat has a lot of worms), the treatment should be carried out twice. After the first injection of the drug, they wait about ten days, and then they take a stool sample. If parasite eggs are found in it, the treatment is repeated again.
Treatment for worms should be repeated until tests show the complete absence of parasites in the intestines of the pet.
Why are the requirements so stringent? The problem is the excessive “independence” of worms and the peculiarities of the innervation of internal organs during anesthesia. The fact is that the intestinal loops are very relaxed, as a result of which the parasites at the moment when the cat is sleeping under the influence of drugs can. get out through the stomach, clog the esophagus, and also get from there straight into the trachea.
The latter becomes possible because under general anesthesia, the epiglottis (this is such a cartilage that separates the respiratory and food passages) also relaxes and can no longer tightly block the opening. Thus, such a “helminthic sabotage” is fraught with either death by suffocation, or aspiration pneumonia (which is also often fatal).
Diet before surgery
Diet is a very important factor in preparing a cat for neutering. The standard recommendations of veterinarians are as follows:
- It is strictly forbidden to feed the animal approximately 12 hours before the scheduled date of the operation. The reason is the same as in the case of worms. It is difficult to predict the direction of bowel contractions during anesthesia. There is a very high chance that half-digested food debris will go directly into the trachea or lungs. It’s easy to guess the consequences.
- It is also impossible to water the cat five or six hours before the operation (in any case, it is undesirable).
But we would like to talk about a couple of other important nuances:
- Approximately 10 days before sterilization, it is desirable to increase the total calorie intake by about 15%. It is necessary that during this period in the cat’s diet there are more high-quality foods with high m protein.
- At the same time, it is necessary for the animal to receive feed enriched with vitamins and microelements.
The reason is simple. after high-quality feeding before the operation, the subsequent recovery from anesthesia and rehabilitation of the animal will be much easier for them.
What to take with you to the vet?
You don’t need to take anything special. If you properly prepare the cat for neutering according to the recommendations above, the pet is already completely ready for surgery. The owner’s task is to simply deliver the animal to the clinic on time.
There are things that you need to take with you when you travel to the clinic:
- Carrying cage. This is a mandatory requirement. It should be spacious enough so that the cat who is sleeping after anesthesia does not have to “tamp” there, but the pet should not hang out there either.
- Blanket or other warm bedding.
- If it happens in the cold season, a heating pad will not hurt.
- Veterinary passport (if in principle there is one).
- If you live far from the clinic and the return trip may take more than two hours, bring a supply of clean water. A cat that wakes up is more likely to be thirsty.
What you need to know when preparing your cat for spaying
What does the immediate owner need to know in order to minimize the risks associated with this procedure? First of all, you need to decide on the sterilization method.
There are three of them:
- Standard cavity sterilization. During the operation, the veterinarian opens the abdominal cavity of the animal, making an incision about four centimeters long, and then removes the uterus and ovaries.
- Laparoscopic sterilization. The most modern technique. The bottom line is to use a laparoscope (much the same as an endoscope). An incision is made from 5 mm to a centimeter long, after which the veterinarian, using the camera of the device, removes the uterus and ovaries, pulling them out through a miniature incision. At the moment, this technique is considered the easiest, it is perfectly tolerated by animals of all ages, the probability of severe complications is close to the statistical error.
- Finally, “chemical” sterilization, which is, in fact, hormonal. We strongly discourage resorting to this method of providing, since the risk of developing cancer of the reproductive system is very high.
It is not by chance that we write about the removal of the uterus and ovaries, i.e. The whole set. Some veterinarians prefer to remove only the ovaries: there are no leaks in this case, the cat will not be able to get pregnant with all the desire. And everything seems to be fine, but.
It has been proven that the risk of gynecological pathologies of the uterus after such sterilization increases to completely indecent values, and therefore this should not be done. It is the uterus complete with the ovaries that needs to be removed.
In addition, the owner must remember that spaying a cat at the age of about six months, before the time of the first sexual hunt, reduces the risk of developing oncological diseases of the reproductive system to almost zero. It is for this reason that we would recommend providing the pet at this time.
Do I need to worm a cat before sterilization?
Stress medications: to give or not to give
Veterinarians do not recommend the use of any stress medications or other medications before surgery. It is not known how they will react with medications used for anesthesia.
The veterinarian will write out the necessary funds and recommend himself, after sterilization.
Directly on the day of sterilization, it is allowed to give the pet a drop of motherwort tincture, but before that it is imperative to consult a veterinarian.
Preparing a cat for castration
So, having weighed all the pros and cons, you decided to castrate your pet. The first thing to do is to visit a veterinary clinic to pass the necessary tests (general and biochemical blood tests, urinalysis, preferably a smear for latent genital infections) and be examined by a cardiologist. All of these procedures can seem like a waste of money. However, it is important to understand that the precautions taken can literally save your cat’s life or save you and him from a number of problems that may arise in the future. Preparing a cat for castration necessarily includes examination by a therapist and cardiologist! Don’t ignore this moment.
Shift the vaccination schedule so that the operation is not performed immediately before or after vaccination (let it pass at least a couple of months after vaccination).
If the tests are normal, and the cardiologist has confirmed that the heart is working properly, the doctor sets a date for the procedure and gives general recommendations. Be sure to follow all directions, even if some of them seem unimportant. Before castration, the cat should not be fed for about 12 hours. anesthesia is easier to tolerate on an empty stomach, the cat will not vomit after he regains consciousness, he will not feel bad on the way to the clinic. It is advisable not to give your pet a drink 2-3 hours before the operation. After castration, the cat will sleep for several hours, so you will need a carrier. Bring a blanket with you to cover the sleeping pet. during artificial sleep, the body temperature decreases, which can cause the cat to freeze even on a warm summer day.
Castration of cats: care of the incision (suture)
As a rule, the wound heals quickly after surgery. After 2-3 days, it becomes imperceptible that the cat was operated on. the incision was delayed, the consequences of anesthesia were in the past, the cat is cheerful and cheerful. In most cases, the seams do not need to be removed because there are no seams at all.
To prevent the wound from festering, it is important to keep the room clean, and especially to keep the tray clean. Cat litter should be rinsed with hot water after each “visit”, it is undesirable to use the litter.
Make sure that the cat does not pay too much attention to the incision. do not lick or scratch the wound. This is extremely important, as the cat, licking the wound, can infect. Sometimes a special collar is required to exclude this possibility.
The incision can only be treated with the agent advised by the veterinarian. In most cases, this is an ordinary brilliant green (not on the wound, but on the area around the incision). Sometimes it is required to dry the wound, sometimes on the contrary. to soften the formed crusts, in rare cases, treatment with ointments containing antibiotics is required. For advice. only to the vet.
Preparing the cat for castration and postoperative care
This article contains answers to the questions: “How to prepare a cat for surgery?”, “How to help a pet while recovering from anesthesia?”, “What to do after castration of a cat?” However, the article is for informational purposes only! Be sure to check all the important points with your veterinarian, because each case is individual.
Castration of cats: caring for a pet during the first hours after the procedure
Caring for a cat after castration is not difficult, but the first day you need to carefully monitor the condition of the pet. It is important that a family member is always near the sleeping animal. As a rule, recovery from anesthesia takes several hours: usually cats wake up in 1-3 hours, but the next 12 hours the consequences of anesthesia are still noticeable (lethargy, unsteady gait, impaired coordination of movements). It is important that the cat after castration breathes evenly, and the temperature is within normal limits.
Place the sleeping cat on a comfortable mattress or bedding that needs to be placed on the floor. protected from drafts, not by the aisle, not by the battery. A bed, armchairs, any furniture are taboo (a cat, while under the influence of anesthesia, can fall and be seriously injured). Move the cat from side to side every 30 minutes so that his blood circulation is not disturbed, his legs are not numb. At the same time, listen to the breath, touch the nose with your finger (the cat will wrinkle), rub the hairs in the ear (the cat will move its ear, as if to drive away an annoying fly). The clearer the reactions, the sooner your pet will wake up.
Be sure to make sure that the awakened cat does not jump onto a hill. the pet may be injured if it falls out of bed or miscalculates the distance to the object. The best that the owner can do is sit on the floor next to the pet to calm him down. pet, talk, caress. But you do not need to impose: if you notice that the cat does not like excessive attention, observe his behavior from the side.
Place a clean litter box (no litter) in the room where the cat will wake up. After anesthesia, it is difficult for an animal to go to the toilet. If the cat misses, do not scold him in any way.
6 hours after the cat wakes up, you can feed him a light meal (small portion). Water can be given in 2-3 hours. Sometimes veterinarians recommend not to water the animals after anesthesia for 6 hours, but this is not always necessary. Watch the pet carefully: if it is still very wobbly, its legs are twisted, its head sways, water and food should not be given, as swallowing reflexes are also impaired (the cat may choke).
Day of procedure
The main thing is not to get nervous and not fuss. Animals are attentive to the human condition and adopt our mood. In addition to a short hunger strike, there is no need to prepare the cat before castration (if the hair in the scrotum is thick and long, you can shorten it or completely shave it off).
Before the operation, the doctor will measure the temperature of the cat and listen to the heart. If everything is okay, you will be asked to leave and wait. The cat will be weighed, given anesthesia and operated on. You will not have to wait long. only 20 minutes, or maybe less (it all depends on the anesthesiologist and the professionalism of the surgeon). Some doctors show the owners the remote testes. not a pleasant sight, but nothing particularly terrible, no bloody horror stories. This is done so that the owner is convinced of the success of the procedure (both testicles are completely removed).
At the end of the procedure, the doctor will listen to the heart again and allow you to take the pet home. Put the cat in a carrier or a convenient basket, cover with a blanket.
Important: if funds permit, leave the cat for a few hours in the clinic. Let him come to his senses under the supervision of doctors who, in the event of an unforeseen reaction of the body to anesthesia, will immediately provide the pet with the necessary assistance. This is especially important when the clinic is far from home (i.e., when the owner cannot quickly get to it, if suddenly the cat becomes unwell).
How to feed a castrated cat?
Contrary to popular belief, a castrated animal does not need a special menu. If the cat eats natural products, the diet should include poultry, beef and rabbit meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, boiled eggs (2 times a week, not more often), cereals, vegetable oils. If you have opted for a commercial feed, then you do not have to switch to special feed for castrated animals (such a transition only makes sense if the animal is prone to overeating). Of course, the feed must be premium. Dry or wet. it doesn’t matter, the main thing is that the cat is consuming enough liquid. If your pet drinks very little, prepare semi-liquid food (dry food can be soaked in warm water). But the portion should be reduced by 10%.20%, since after castration the cat becomes calmer (after all, now he does not need to spend energy looking for a partner, yelling day and night, fighting with competitors, etc.).
What to feed a cat after neutering? The same things that you cannot feed all cats: fatty foods, fried and salted, smoked, legumes, pasta, low-quality food. Fish can be given, but not more often than once a week. The fish should be boiled, seafood and boneless.
Lack of physical activity will certainly affect the life span of a cat, whether he is neutered or not. To keep your pet slender, strong, active and healthy for many years, be sure to play hide and seek with him, catch up, arrange a “hunt” for plush mice. This is especially true for home pet owners. The cat cannot go to the museum, sit at the computer, read a book. You are the whole world to him. And it is in your power to make this world alive, interesting and diverse.
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Can I give?
It is not possible to introduce a chicken heart into a cat’s diet, but it is necessary. This is done for a balanced pet nutrition. The offal contains a lot of protein and little fat, which is beneficial for the healthy development of the feline body. Chicken stomachs will also be beneficial for cats. By combining offal, you can make the diet more diverse in chemical and amino acid composition. Eating these foods, the baby will get the full amount of protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.
Chicken hearts: benefits and harms
The beneficial qualities of the product are associated with the multicomponent composition. In terms of the number of amino acids and trace elements, hearts surpass other by-products. Vitamins from group B and PP promote good blood circulation and metabolism, stimulate the central nervous system, normalize fat metabolism in the liver, strengthen immunity, and increase brain activity. Vitamin A will help improve your pet’s eyesight. Retinol, which is part of the heart, improves the skeletal system, skin and hair. The mineral composition has the following effects:
Amino acids contained in hearts will help normalize blood glucose levels, restore skin and muscle cells, and strengthen bones. In addition, they are able to eliminate toxins, boost immunity and cope with body fat. However, despite the positive qualities of the product, there are also negative sides. One of them is cholesterol, which can harm your cat’s health. That is why you should not often feed your pet with chicken hearts. There is also a kitten intolerance to the product. Some animals flatly refuse to eat this product, as well as feed that contains it. Vomiting and diarrhea are common after consumption.
Are chicken hearts good for cats and in what form can they be given to pets??
Like many organ meats, chicken hearts are healthy food for cats. These products are a storehouse of nutrients, vitamins and microelements. Cats enjoy kidneys, liver, heart and lungs, which can be fed raw. However, veterinarians recommend cooking foods.
How to give chicken hearts to cats?
Offal is extremely beneficial for the health of four-legged animals. However, it is important to remember that they should only form part of a healthy diet, not the foundation. A healthy and balanced diet should include a variety of foods. The main share of the menu is meat. It is permissible to diversify food with the help of cereals, vegetables and fruits. Once a week, veterinarians give fish and fermented milk products.
It is best to prepare such a product for a pet by boiling.
Almost all cats love raw offal, but they should be given with caution, as there is a risk of infecting the pet with salmonellosis. You can avoid this if you boil the hearts in a little water before feeding. Prepare a product for a kitten in this way:
- Remove fat and blood clots.
- Rinse well.
- Place in a saucepan.
- Pour in a little hot water.
- Boil until half cooked for 10-15 minutes.
It is not worth digesting hearts, since the necessary proteins will be destroyed and useful substances and vitamins will go away. If the owner adds chicken ventricles to the dish, it is worth remembering that the cooking time is twice as long. After cooking, the offal should be chopped. To feed an adult cat, it is enough to cut them into 2-4 pieces. If the kitten is small, it is better to twist the hearts in a meat grinder. Prepared foods can be given to the cat as an independent dish or added to cereals or vegetables. Feeding cats should not be more often than 2-3 times a week.
Royal Canin Neutered Young Male
Despite criticism of the basic Royal Canin line, which is produced and often counterfeited, the specialized feed of this brand is still of sufficient quality.
Royal Canin Neutered Young Male is formulated for neutered cats from the moment of surgery until the age of seven. Do not be indignant that this is gender discrimination: for cats, Royal Canin also has its own specialized food!
Unfortunately, the food packaging does not indicate the percentage of protein (s) and carbohydrates. Therefore, those who like to independently analyze the composition of the feed and draw conclusions will have to smash their heads over the Royal Canin Neutered Young Male.
Rice is the first in the list of ingredients, which means that this is the component that is most in the granules, and only further down the list are proteins of animal origin. Not the worst, although not at all ideal option for adult animals. There is no corn in the composition. it is almost completely useless raw material for cheap advertised feed.
Reduces the risk of developing diabetes mellitus and is the prevention of urolithiasis Royal Canin Neutered Young Male feed due to the reduced level of starch and the addition of L-carnitine.
Owners of castrated cats who have tried this food are divided into two camps: some are completely satisfied with Royal Canin Neutered Young Male, others sound the alarm about the fact that the food does not protect against Urolithiasis, but rather provokes it. Although none of the serious studies of the latter assumption have confirmed.
Whichever of the listed food you choose for your pet, remember that the animal should have a bowl of clean water freely available around the clock. Otherwise, even the most ideal feed composition does not guarantee the absence of health problems.
GRANDORF 4 Meat Brown rice sterilized
Finding holistic food at an affordable price is the dream of many cat owners. And if you buy GRANDORF 4 Meat Brown Rice Sterilized, then the dream comes true.
This food is specially developed for sterilized and neutered animals. On the packaging, the manufacturer proudly indicated that the food contains 109 live probiotics (bioactive additives with microcultures used for therapeutic purposes).
The food is excellent for castrates, as it contains a lot of proteins, but few carbohydrates, as well as the optimal ash content (amount of mineral substances) of the feed: no more than 7%. Cat owners note that their animals are happy to eat pellets (by the way, rather small), which are 70% meat, but do not contain useless ballast substances.
The advantages of the food include the disappearance of amber from the mouth of cats, and an improvement in the condition of the coat. It is also important that about a week after switching to this food, the stool is completely normalized, it becomes shaped and practically odorless, which indicates the restoration of the intestinal microflora.
The lack of food is most often called the small size of the granules, which sometimes get stuck between the teeth of cats.
How to feed a castrated cat
After the cat was deprived of the “most expensive” thing when visiting a veterinary clinic, namely the ability to love and give birth, it is time to take care of changing the cat’s diet. To be honest, it was necessary to mix the new feed with the old one even earlier to ensure a smooth transition and minimize troubles with the gastrointestinal tract.
In this article, we will discuss only how to feed a castrated cat.
In castrated cats, physical activity decreases, but appetites increase, therefore, after surgery and until old age, a special diet should be adhered to, which does not allow gaining weight.
An increase in body weight entails not only a loss of beauty (although many for some reason like fat animals that look like barrels), but also health problems: lameness, hair problems, diabetes mellitus, enlarged liver, early wear of the heart muscle.
A ready-made factory feed, specially designed to meet the needs of animals that have undergone these operations, can be ideal for a neutered or neutered cat.
Natural food for neutered cats
A number of animal owners do not trust factory feed and prefer to feed the castrated cat straight. It should be remembered that cats have a different need for proteins, fats and carbohydrates than humans, and therefore will have to work hard to find a balanced diet.
Proper natural feeding of a sterilized cat is, first of all, meat. But necessarily low-fat: chicken, turkey, rabbit, horse meat, veal.
After the purchase, it is advisable to immediately cut the meat into portioned pieces and pack in bags, put in the freezer for at least 10 days. Storage at sub-zero temperatures will get rid of most, but, alas, not all, parasites. Boil it before serving it. The remaining parasites will certainly not survive heat treatment.
During cooking, a lean and nutritious broth remains from the meat. It can be given in pure form, or you can cook porridge on its basis.
Almost any cereals are suitable: buckwheat, corn, wheat, barley, oat, rice. Semolina can sometimes be given, but it is practically useless.
In addition to meat, the diet of a castrated cat must contain offal, but not more often than 1-2 times a week.
The lungs, liver, heart, kidneys, stomachs and other “liver” contain a large amount of nutrients, which are much less or not at all in muscle fibers (meat).
The offal must also be boiled before serving. Important! This component of the diet is less high in calories than meat, so it needs about one and a half times more in volume.
It should be remembered that cats cannot fish. First of all, the river. You can pamper a kotofey with sea fish, but not more often than once a week. A fish-based diet is the shortest path to urolithiasis, which almost always ends in surgery at best and death at worst.
Not every cat loves vegetables, but he needs them. They will bring most benefits fresh. On a fine grater, you can grate carrots, cabbage (white cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), bell peppers, beets.
Tomato crushed into gruel by the brandy not only contains a large amount of vitamins and minerals, but also fights tartar (albeit only if the portion of food consists mainly of tomato, but there is a high risk of a harmless but unpleasant short-term indigestion). Cats usually like potatoes, but they are practically useless, and in some cases, even harmful even in small quantities.
From fruits, you can only give apples (necessarily without seeds and peels), but only if they are local, seasonal.
Golden Eagle Holistic Adult Cat
Complete food for adult cats and cats of all breeds. Even a castrated cat will not gain excess weight if the daily intake is not exceeded during feeding.
One third of the feed consists of a protein component, there are only 21% of fat in it, and only 2.9% of crude fiber, which is very good indicators for factory feed. Together with the granules, the animal will receive a sufficient amount of vitamins A, D3, E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Hill’s Science Plan Sterilized Cat
The food is designed for animals aged from six months to 6 years. It is produced in two versions: with chicken and with tuna. Both formulations are balanced in terms of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Among the disadvantages is the presence of cereals, as well as corn gluten flour. Only in a number of cases cats eat Hill’s Science Plan Sterilized Cat without appetite, most of them eat it with pleasure, but, despite the limited portions (and this restriction is mandatory for castrates), they do not beg for food, which means they do not starve.
This food is designed for cats and cats of any breed and any age. He, like all the described feed, is full-ration, that is, apart from him and water, animals can no longer be given anything at all. ACANA Grasslands pellets are 70% composed of lamb, duck, chicken eggs with the addition of yellow perch fillets.
The food is grain-free, which means that the cat will not look like a barrel in six months or a year, but it is very nutritious. it often needs less than other high-quality food.
Pet owners consider large granules to be disadvantages of food, but for castrated cats this is even good: they will not get stuck in their teeth, but when chewing, they will clean their teeth from plaque.
Neutered owners note that after switching to ACANA Grasslands, their cats become more active, more often offer the owners to play, and are more interested in the world around them. For 2-4 weeks of regularly eating this food, the condition of the skin and coat improves.
Prepared food for neutered cats
Cheap food contains a lot of fiber, as well as a lot of flavors and preservatives, which will negatively affect your pet’s health over time.
Rating of the best food for neutered cats 2020:
- Hill’s Science Plan Sterilized Cat.
- ACANA Grasslands.
- GRANDORF 4 Meat Brown rice sterilized.
- Golden Eagle Holistic Adult Cat.
- Royal Canin Neutered Young Male.
Let’s take a closer look at the composition of each feed.
Neutered cats are best fed twice a day. morning and evening.
But if the cat is accustomed to eat once a day, it’s okay. It is better not to change too much his usual way of life after the operation, he was already stressed.
If you are feeding your animal dry food, you can leave the pellets in the bowl for the whole day. when the cat wants, then he will eat. However, in no case should the daily feed rate be exceeded. As mentioned above, after castration, cats are prone to rapid weight gain. The recommended amount of feed depends on the age and weight of the animal and is usually indicated on the food packaging.
Natural food quickly winds up and spoils, so its leftovers should be removed as soon as the cat has finished the meal and moved away from the bowl. Your veterinarian will help you calculate the amount of food. When you make your own diet, you can hardly be sure that you are not overfeeding your pet or starving.
How to feed your cat
When your cat reaches the age of 1 year, it’s time to completely switch to the diet and feeding regimen of an adult animal. The thing is that the diet of a kitten and an adult cat is significantly different. To stay healthy and playful, read on to find out what to feed your cat. The main differences from kitten nutrition:
Feeding cats with natural food
Of course, it is quite difficult to optimally balance the ratio of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in natural food. But if you have chosen this type of food for your pet, then this is acceptable. The main thing is to remember that a cat is not a person and feeding the cat with food from the master’s table is not at all suitable.
The cat is a predator and the basis of the diet should be meat and meat offal (stomachs, hearts, lungs).
Meat is given lean (beef or poultry), boiled or frozen.
It is advised to give offal raw, but personally I would not risk it, so I advise you to boil it a little before giving it to the cat. Meat is given at least once a week at least 100. 150 g.
Boil vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, asparagus beans) or give them raw several times a week. Can be mixed with meat.
Boil porridge (oatmeal, rice, buckwheat) and mix with meat and vegetables. Combined with meat it can be served as a main course for many years.
Fermented milk products (low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat kefir or fermented baked milk) should be given 2-3 times a week. The frequency depends on how the cat’s stomach perceives such foods. Milk is not recommended as it can cause diarrhea in the cat.
Vegetable oil (1/2 teaspoon). mix 3 times a week with food for normal bowel function.
Sprouted oats. source of vitamins, helps cleanse the intestines.
Vitamin complexes. must be given! Especially those containing arginine and taurine, arachidonic acid, glucosamine.
Feeding your cat ready-to-eat foods
What is the difference between the above three classes of cat food??
Economy. made from cheaper second-grade raw materials. The feed of this class contains meat by-products, soy, which provides a low energy value of such feed. As a consequence, a cat needs large amounts of food to be satisfied. There are also a lot of preservatives, dyes and flavor enhancers, so it is undesirable to feed the animal with such food for a long time. When feeding economy class, it is necessary to additionally give vitamin and mineral supplements.
Premium. in the manufacture of such feed, natural meat is used, but they cannot do without offal. Vegetable protein is also added. corn and a preservative with dyes. Better than economy, therefore, quite often such feeds are used for a long time. You can add vitamins and minerals by giving them in courses.
From personal experience I will add that the Sheba canned food is really good, because if it says on the jar that there is food with mussels and shrimps inside, then there really is these seafood inside (I saw it myself).
Also in the super premium class there are special therapeutic diets for cats with different body needs. But such feed should only be given as directed by a veterinarian.
How many times to feed?
How often a cat is fed depends on age, physical activity and health.
Pregnant, lactating and malnourished animals can, and should, eat more often and receive more food than others. But neutered and neutered animals usually need less energy and, therefore, less food. Veterinarians who observe your animal should give precise recommendations on this matter.
The cat CANNOT just feed 2 times a day. they produce bile by emissions, so they eat little and often.
How to feed your cat properly
If you are feeding your animal with industrial ready-made feed, then pay attention to the feeding recommendations that are written on the food packaging. Usually, these are fairly adequate recommendations that serve as advice, but this does not mean that these recommendations are an undeniable postulate. It all depends on the physical activity of your cat and, remember that sometimes it is better to underfeed than overfeed, especially in hot summer.
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If you feed your cat with natural food, then the approximate calculation of food per feeding looks like this: 30-70 g of food per 1 kg of animal. But I repeat that it all depends on the health status, age and physical activity of the cat.
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Be attentive to the needs of your pet and choose the type of food that will not only be convenient for you, but also suit your pet in all respects. Remember that understanding what to feed your cat is the key to the health and longevity of your pet.