Always try to feed your cat at the same time every day as cats become used to regular feeding times and it is a lot easier to feed them at these times.
Even though you might see your cat eating bits and pieces off the ground outside it is very important to ensure a high level of hygiene is maintained at all times.
If food has been left out for a day, throw it in the rubbish and give your pet fresh food with each meal.
If you find that you are throwing out too much food then this is a sign that you're giving your cat too much on its plate at each meal.
Reduce the portions and you'll find you won't be wasting as much food and you will be able to give your cat fresher portions each time.
Don't mix fresh food with leftovers.
Always clean the cat dish between feedings using hot water only, and no detergents or cleaning agents that could affect its health.
If you have both cats and dogs in the household, you need to be aware of the fact that cats need a diet that is a lot higher in protein than dogs so it is not good for the cat's health to regularly feed it with dog food.
If your cat is becoming overweight, reduce the portions that you put out with each meal rather than making it skip a meal.
An overweight cat can lead to diabetes and the resultant need for blood tests and insulin injections creating more work on a daily basis.
For snacks you might like to feed your cat a little bit of yogurt provided it is low in sugar and carbohydrates, some forms of baby vegetables in small amounts provided once again that they are low in carbohydrates, and the occasional cooked egg yolk.
Egg whites will destroy the vitamin B that they get from their food so these are not suitable, and many vegetables can be high in carbohydrates so be very careful.
Also, any foods with garlic or onions in them are not suitable to be fed to cats.