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Nutrition Advice

Frequently asked questions

Here you will find questions about feline nutrition and education. If you can not find an answer to your question please contact [email protected], and we would be happy to help.

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Our Veterinary Surgeon’s Tips 

Veterinary Surgeon Rebekka Rohn, from the team at Happy Cat Customer Services, answers your questions below:

What can be done about fussy eaters?

Some cats like variety in their food – sometimes even between mouthfuls! Simply try offering two or three varieties of Happy Cat mixed together. Please note, the adult cat foods are also suitable to mix in with the food you feed to a fussy kitten.

When is my cat considered old?

As your cats ages you will need to pay special attention to her diet. At Happy Cat we provide a special product for cats from 10 years of age: Happy Cat Best Age 10+. For older, very inactive cats, Happy Cat Light can be mixed with the 10+ food in order to prevent your cat from becoming overweight. Regular examinations by the vet will also help to diagnose any age related conditions in good time. 

My cat has a tendency to put on weight!

In the case of weight problems it is essential to used a reduced-fat food and thus provide optimum support for the metabolism. Offering reduced portions, checking the cat’s weight regularly and including Happy Cat Adult Light in the diet all help to prevent excessive weight. Give it alone or mixed with the fat-reduced adult variety of Voralpen-Rind to help your cat lose a few pounds. 

What can I do about digestive problems?

Cats with delicate digestive tracts should only be fed on a very high-quality food – such as Happy Cat. Consider the grain and gluten-free options. Once you have found the right food, avoid making changes wherever possible, or introduce changes very gradually over approximately 7-days. Frequent problems mean the cat should be taken to the vet for a thorough examination. 

When can I start giving my kitten 'adult' cat food?

Although large cat breeds may not be fully grown until they are about four-years-old, cats are physically almost adult at around 9-12 months. Therefore, young cats only need Happy Cat Junior up to this age. If necessary - for example with 'tubby' kittens - you can change over to the Happy Cat Adult varieties even sooner.

What is the correct feeding quantity?

The feeding quantities refer to the daily ration and are only intended as recommendations. Your cat's requirements depend not only on its physical activity, but also on its individual metabolism. If your cat has weight problems, the quantity of food should be reduced, even with 'low-fat' products! Very slim and active cats may be given more. Because of the high quality and easily digestible ingredients, you only need to give comparatively small quantities of Happy Cat.

Could my cat have a grain allergy?

There could very possibly be an allergy to grain behind unexplained, persistent skin and digestive problems. If you do suspect as such, then we recommend our new La Cuisine range, for example duck, organic poultry or sea fish. Please note: in this case you should also make absolutely sure that your cat is not being given any other food or treats that contain grain!

How can the formation of bladder stones be prevented?

Cats are originally 'desert animals' and their urine can become very concentrated. They therefore have a tendency to suffer from bladder stones. The recipes of Happy Cat products take this predisposition into account. However, your cat should always be given sufficient fresh water. Where possible offer several 'drinking points' around the home and do not offer the water right next to the feeding bowls. If a cat does have a strong predisposition, then it may have problems whatever preventive measures are taken, and therefore should be watched carefully.

Which food is good for a cat with skin and coat problems?

Only the best ingredients and a high content of essential nutrients (as is the case with all Happy Cat products) ensure optimum care and provide the best possible basis for a soft, shiny coat and healthy skin. In the case of itching and recurring problems, a vet should be consulted to determine the cause.

What special considerations are there for long-haired cats?

When washing themselves, long- haired cats often swallow considerably more fur than their short-haired counterparts. If the coat is dull, it becomes matted more easily. High quality food (such as Happy Cat) ensures a silky coat and is a must in these cases as it has ingredients to help prevent the formation of hairballs! However, even the most nutritious cat food is no substitute for regular, thorough grooming by responsible cat owners!

How can I help to keep my cat's teeth healthy?

It is well-known that dry food is very important to strengthen and care for teeth. Although it cannot completely prevent plaque it can postpone its occurrence. Biting larger kibble helps to keep the teeth firm and prevents them from becoming loose. All Happy Cat kibble are ideal for mixing into wet food. The larger kibbles in Happy Cat Adult Large Breed or Happy Cat Adult Voralpen-Rind help stimulate dental care in cats that prefer wet food.