The key to your cat to live a long, healthy life is proper nutrition. Being pet owners, our main aim should always be to fulfill their nutritional demands in the best possible way.
Here, we will discuss the nuances related to feline nutrition using which you can do right by your cat.
Figuring out the best kind of cat food
You will find two types of cat food that you can choose from – wet cat food and dry cat food. In general, cats can be picky eaters so the need to select the right type of cat food becomes very important.
Out of everything, your main lookout should be to ensure that the cat food is balanced. And, to ensure this, you need to focus and carefully inspect the ingredients used. It’s important to have a product that is the perfect combination of protein and fat. Having a higher content of carbohydrates and grains are something that you must avoid.
It should be interesting to know that the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) issue a statement that is printed on the container for cat food that is balanced. You can take this as a holy grail and hence, only select products that feature this statement.
Being natural hunters, cats like to hunt and catch their prey by themselves and they usually do this at dawn and dusk. So, even you should try to feed them during this time.
Considering the quantity, you can take the age of your cat as an effective guideline. but still, you should try to give nearly 200 calories to your cat every day.
The only thing that you should avoid? Overeating.
An obese cat is more susceptible to developing various health conditions such as heart disease, joint disease, and diabetes. Then, of course, is the fact that the calorie count will always be different from one food item to another. You just cannot assume that your cat is a good judge and hence, can make reliable decisions when it comes to the quantity of food that they should consume.
A good way out would be to contact the vet asking them to formulate the right diet plan for your cat. Another tip would be to provide your cat with food that has lower calories. This can be done for a feline that likes to eat larger quantities of food.
Human beings make mistakes. When it comes to our own nutrition, we are often committing blunders like eating too much sodium or straightaway going on a crash diet. There is a natural possibility of us making mistakes when we are feeding our cats too.
Since we have already discussed giving cats too much food, we will move on to the other ones here.
Nearly 60% to 70% of the total body weight of an adult cat comprises water. You need to be extremely careful to ensure that your cat is properly hydrated and consuming sufficient water throughout the day. When the water levels of a cat severely diminish, they can suffer from fatal illnesses or even death.
To overcome this issue, develop a routine where you constantly keep filling the water bowl of your cat.
A proper combination of dry cat food and wet food is how your cat’s diet should be designed. Feeding their felines’ dry cat food only is one of the biggest and commonest errors made by cat parents.
Giving the feline pet wet cat food ensures that, along with the essential nutrients, they are also getting access to some amount of water. These creatures have been designed naturally to get their water with their food. But, when you give them dry canned food, they get only 5% to 10% water.
This, in turn, makes it important for you to give them wet cat food as well. Yet, solely relying on that food to fulfill your cat’s hydration needs is wrong. Make sure there’s a bowl filled with water at all times.
While we are at it, we would also like to address the growing trend of forcing our cats to go vegetarian or maybe vegan. I’m sure that you will agree that even reading this aloud sounds cruel.
Your cat’s diet must include animal organs and meet for them to thrive. They need a healthy dose of amino acid taurine which is important to facilitate their day to day functioning. Nevertheless, you should take steps to balance the meat content in your cat’s diet with other essential nutrients as well.
Now that the basics of cat nutrition are covered, we have also included some tips using which you can locate the best cat food for your pet below.
The US government has made it important for cat food manufacturing companies to provide the same type of information on their labels using which cat owners can easily compare different brands.
The key lookout areas here are the type of cat food, the ingredient list, feeding instructions, and the statement of purpose.
Cat food is different from getting food and vice versa. In other words, you should not feed your kitten cat food and your cat, kitten food. This is an important tip because cat food and kitten food are designed to fulfill the nutritional needs of an adult cat and kitten respectively.
While checking the ingredient list is important, and the focus should be on the nutrients provided by the cat food. You may already be aware of how a cat needs protein, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals. Each one of these nutrients is essential to ensure a longer life for your cat. So, depending on their age, try to find a cat food that could meet their nutritional needs in the most optimal manner.