Feeding the cat in autumn: what to change with the first cold

What changes in the cat’s diet when autumn arrives? Tips for your cat’s diet for the change of season and the first cold days.

Summer is about to close its doors and the autumn season is almost upon us, with its first colds and gloomy and rainy days. The change of season and the lowering of temperatures have an impact on our cat, which often becomes greedier and hungrier: this means that the cat’s diet will have to be slightly modified with the arrival of autumn and, above all, in sight. of the winter cold.

But how should you change your cat’s diet in autumn? What is best to feed the cat when the change of season is upon us and the days are getting cooler? In this article we will answer these questions.

How does the cat’s diet change in the fall

Just as it happens for humans, domestic felines have an energy and nutritional needs that change with the passing of the seasons: we have seen that in summer it is essential to protect the cat from the heat, but how to behave once the heat has passed and the air becomes more sparkling?

While the summer heat usually leads to a certain lack of appetite in cats, with the arrival of autumn the cat returns to be hungrier and consequently its diet will be integrated with slightly richer and more full-bodied foods, in particular proteins, vitamins, fats and mineral salts.

In addition to calming the cat’s greater appetite, these nutrients also serve to reintegrate the animal’s body after the heat of summer, to cope with the cold of winter and to overcome without problems a characteristic moment of the change of season: the cat’s autumn moult, with the loss of summer hair and the thickening of the coat due to the colder temperatures of the coming months.

Autumn cat diet: favorite foods and useful tips

We assume that enriching the cat’s diet too much and indiscriminately is not a good idea: cats have a tendency to develop obesity problems which in turn are often the antechamber of much more serious and dangerous diseases.

For this reason, changes to the diet in view of autumn will be made after consulting the veterinarian and also taking into account the breed of the cat and its daily habits: a cat that stays outdoors for a long time, perhaps even in the rain, he will certainly have to integrate an adequate percentage of proteins and fats that will be higher than that of a long-haired cat living in an apartment, such as a Persian.

It being understood that only the veterinarian can recommend specific doses and quality of food for a cat, the general rule is that in autumn cats must have an essentially protein diet with white and red meats, fish and vegetables.
Even if the cat is a carnivorous animal, choosing fruit and vegetables suitable for the feline diet will provide the cat with the right amount of vitamins and minerals.

Finally, there are some useful tips and tricks that should not be underestimated:

– even if in autumn the temperatures are cooler, the cat will need its daily dose of water: always keep the bowl full of fresh and clean water;
– if you have the heating on at home, pay close attention to sudden changes in temperature that could cause digestive problems for the cat;
– Cats used to eating outdoors will need dry food, to prevent the cold from cooling the wet food too much: let’s not forget that cats are a bit fussy when it comes to eating.

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