Smart Nutrition Solution For Multi Cat Households


Smart Nutrition Solution For Multi Cat Households

Cats of​ all shapes,​ sizes,​ breeds and ages often share the​ same space and the​ same dinner bowl. But cats have different dietary needs,​ and those with more than one cat often find that it​ becomes cumbersome to​ keep track of​ the​ amount and type of​ food each cat requires.

To make the​ process easier,​ the​ Iams Company recently introduced a​ food containing ingredients that the​ company says "work together to​ meet the​ individual needs of​ each cat in​ a​ household."

"Feeding different foods to​ multiple cats living in​ the​ same home often is​ impractical,​ so Iams Multi-Cat is​ formulated with those needs and differences in​ mind,​" said Dr. Dan Carey,​ a​ veterinarian with Iams. "Developing this food was a​ two-step process. First,​ cat owners described the​ ultimate food that would answer the​ needs of​ their cats. Iams nutritionists took that information and discovered the​ ideal combination of​ ingredients to​ accomplish the​ goals and fulfill the​ needs of​ these multi-cat households."

The key ingredients in​ new Iams Multi-Cat are L-carnitine,​ which helps overweight cats burn fat; vitamin A,​ which is​ believed to​ help lower risk of​ weight gain; and protein for lean muscle mass.

According to​ industry research,​ 71 percent of​ all cats living in​ the​ U.S. live in​ a​ multi-cat home and 40 percent of​ those households make the​ extra effort to​ sequester each cat at​ mealtime.

But feeding is​ just one of​ many challenges multi-cat owners face. For those considering bringing an​ additional cat into their household,​ Iams offers the​ following tips:

* Give the​ new cat its own room with a​ bed,​ a​ scratching post,​ litter pan,​ food and water dishes and toys.

* Ease into it. Let the​ new cat explore the​ house while the​ other cat explores the​ new cat's room. Also,​ let the​ new cat play with the​ first cat's toys and then switch the​ toys. This will help them get used to​ each other's scent.

* When introducing the​ cats,​ open the​ door just wide enough so that they can see and smell each other and stay close by to​ supervise. Repeat these short introductions as​ often as​ necessary until they are able to​ stay comfortably in​ the​ same room,​ with supervision.

* Give your first cat lots of​ extra attention and affection during this period of​ adjustment.






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