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How Your Cat's Food Affects Her Mood

How Your Cat's Food Affects Her Mood

Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of our cats. But have you considered how it may affect her behavior as well? Here are three ways nutrition can directly impact your cat’s behavior.

1. Feeding Times

It's no longer considered standard regimen to feed your cat once a day or leave food out all day — also known as free-feeding — unless recommended by your veterinarian due to a medical reason. "Just think about how you would feel (and look) if you were only able to eat once every 24 hours, or kept nibbling on a high-calorie food all day long," says Nan Arthur, pet behavior expert and owner of Whole Dog Training. Arthur recommends asking your veterinarian if feeding your adult cat 2-3 times per day would be better for her regimen. Often combining exercise with slight feeding routine adjustments can help improve the overall demeanor of a cat.

2. Cat Food Ingredients

Cat food ingredients can also affect your cat’s behavior in various ways. Take the fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is sometimes added to kitten food. DHA has been shown to increase mental acuity in kittens, says Dr. Lorie Huston.

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