When compiling a complete diet for your cat, do not forget to include cereals there, which will provide your pet with the necessary carbohydrates and fiber. In addition to useful trace elements and vitamins, cereals contribute to a good saturation of the animal organism, and also help to make the pet's hair smooth and shiny. What cereals can cats give? Details in this article.
At what age should porridge be added to the menu?
Many breeders are sure that kittens, pregnant and lactating cats can not give cereals in their pure form. You need to boil them in milk so that the baby’s stomach can adapt to a new diet, and a pregnant or lactating cat can accumulate enough lactose to independently feed future kittens.
Cats can’t boil milk porridge from the age of one year, so as not to overload the digestive tract.
An adult pet with appetite will eat cereals cooked in meat or fish broth. Porridge on the water in the menu usually does not take root, especially if the animal eats special food. In this case, your pet can even refuse this type of food and switch only to purchased food.
In order for cereals to become part of the menu to teach a cat to eat cereals, start little by little from childhood. Let cereals become a pleasant addition and even a “delicacy” to the main diet.
Forbidden cereals in cats rations
Cereals are digested in the cat's body for a rather long time, so there are a number of “forbidden” cereals that disrupt the entire digestive tract of a cat. The animal’s body simply cannot absorb them. These include the following cereals:
- Manna. The heaviest porridge. Recent medical studies show that such cereals should not be given even to young children because of its difficult digestibility. Harmful decoy brings feline. The opinion that thin cats need to be fed precisely with semolina is wrong! Moreover, the cat may die from this type of feeding.
- Millet. This dish is also very high in calories and puts a serious strain on the animal’s stomach.
- Corn and Barley. These cereals cause digestive problems in 90% of cats, as they excite the process of flatulence and lead to constipation.
- Any kind of instant porridge. In the process of digesting such food, 2 times more sugar is released - one of the most harmful products for cat's digestive tract.
"Necessary" cereals for cats
Many cereals are good for the cat's body. They are easily absorbed and increase the immunity of the animal.
The most useful for cats is rice. Moreover, it is better to use rice that has not been polished, since it contains more trace elements and nutrients. Rice stabilizes the process of digestion, improves the frequency of stool. Cooking rice porridge is better on meat broth, and add meat slices or vegetables to a serving.
You should not put any spices except a pinch of salt in cat's porridge, as this can seriously harm the animal: lead to indigestion or contribute to the onset of gastrointestinal tract disease.
The second most popular among breeders is buckwheat. It is rich in carbohydrates, fiber, as well as healthy proteins, which are well synthesized not in fat, but in energy. Buckwheat also contains a lot of iron and calcium, which is important for the growth and development of kittens.
You can give cats porridge in meat broth, or in milk, if the animal is still small. For better digestibility and nutrition, season buckwheat with butter. You also need to add pieces of boiled meat.
Another useful porridge is oatmeal. You can give hercules by mixing it with cat food, as practice shows that many pets do not like oatmeal. However, this cereal is very necessary for the cat's body, as it contains a special vitamin - biotin, which helps prevent skin diseases. In addition, it has a whole set of useful substances:
Oatmeal is the only porridge that can be cooked in milk even for an adult cat. If you cook oatmeal in water, then mix it with vegetables and meat.
Another “right” cereal is pearl barley. Its main purpose in the cat menu is to clean the digestive tract. Besides the fact that it is rich in vitamins A, B and D, it also contains phosphorus, iodine, as well as amino acids necessary for the cat's body to help improve intestinal motility, as well as help cope with allergic reactions.
It is barley that is known for its "antibacterial" properties for the entire cat's body. It is better to cook it in meat broth and serve with vegetables and finely chopped meat.
How much porridge should a cat or cat give?
By nature, all cats are predators, so the basis of the diet is undoubtedly meat, however, cereal is also important for your pet's body. Its percentage in the diet of a domestic animal should be no more than 20%. If you do not follow the rules, then the cat may suffer from a violation of the intestinal microflora, as well as acquire the following health problems:
- Allergic reactions;
- Decreased immunity;
- Diseases of the internal organs.
Especially cautious should be given cereal dishes to castrated or sterilized pets, as they are more likely than others to gastrointestinal problems and obesity. The optimal regime for introducing cereals into the diet of a cat or cat is three times a week.
Thus, it is very important to find a middle ground with a balanced menu design of your favorite. It is impossible to feed him only with meat, as this leads to constipation, bloating, and the dominance of special food can completely ruin the beast, giving him cirrhosis of the liver or stomach ulcer.
Therefore, when planning the diet of your cat or cat, do not forget to introduce several useful cereal dishes into it, for example, buckwheat, rice and oatmeal, which not only contribute to good digestion, but also bring a lot of useful vitamins and minerals to the animal's body.