Adding roughage, interest and hydration to
your cat's diet
MetPet.com Staff Writer
can be a helpful addition to your cat's diet. It provides bulk,
moisture and nutrients. If your cat is overweight, lettuce is a
low-calorie food that will help fill him up. If you have recently switched
from moist foods to dry kibble, your cat may need more water in his diet and the
lettuce can help. It is also a nice change of pace for an indoor cat
without access to a variety of grasses and interesting weeds.
Try slicing a lettuce leaf into
very thin (like grass blades) slices. You can try romaine which is easy to
cut or whatever you have in the frig. Take a large leaf and roll it like a
cigar. Then, carefully with your sharp kitchen knife and with the fingers
holding the leaf rolled under to protect your fingertips, slice through the
multiple layers to get matchstick-skinny slices.
the lettuce alongside his regular dish. Cats are notoriously suspicious of
new things so don't be discouraged if he ignores it initially. Add it on a
regular basis and he may just get the idea.
Outdoor cats chew on grass and indoor cats chew on
houseplants. Therefore, lettuce shouldn't be too much of a leap even for your