Cat Body Conditioning

The Body Condition Score (BCS). BCS helps you or your vet to determine if your cat is in a good shape physically, that is, whether kitty is fit or fat. BCS is a somewhat subjective rating based on criteria from the WSAVA. From these you can determine the perfect weight for your particular cat.

To view the BCS poster and find more information please visit the WSAVA

Raw feeding Cats

It is generally advise feed your cat between 2-3% of its body weight daily. However the guidelines are based on rough averages and do not take account of your cat’s breed, age, activity levels etc.

Cats can be extremely fussy when it comes to drinking water and fluids, but our moggies should drink water every day to stay healthy and happy.

You should make sure your cat has a clean, fresh source of water always.

  • Never give your cat cows milk, as cats are lactose intolerant and the milk can cause them to become unwell, often causing digestive issues and upset stomachs. This can also happen with milk substitutes such as oat or nut milks, which are not recommended.

However, if you would like to treat your cat to a special drink occasionally then, lactose free milks, such as goats’ milk or even bone broths, both make yummy natural substitute.

Here’s a good guide to how much water a cat should drink each day:

Kitten up to three months (1.4kg) – 70ml

Six-month-old kitten (2.7kg) – 135ml

Medium cat (4kg) – 200ml

Large cat (6kg) – 300ml

Redpaw tips to encourage your cats to drink more:

  • Use a wide bowl as cats like to drink without restricting their whiskers. Refill and wash the bowl every day.
  • Use a ceramic or glass bowls, as often plastic can taint the water and easily put them off drinking.
  • Ensure their drinking water is placed away from litter trays and food bowls. Give them more than one water bowl in different places around your home.
  • Cats love running water, so tunning the tap on for them to drink the running cold water is always fun, but you will want to supervise them whilst doing this.
  • Really fussy drinkers may prefer bottled or filtered still water. Water fountains are also available.
  • Check the positions of where you place the bowls, often cats do not like reflections in the water, or vibrations from electrical appliances.
  • If your cat likes drinking from a glass of your water, then maybe give them their own glass of water when you have your drink.

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