Diet plays a very vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of your pet cat. Feeding your cat with canned food or homemade food instead if dry kibble is very essential for their optimal health. By doing a bit of research on what to feed your cat, you can prevent serious and painful illnesses. Meet a veterinarian to get valuable advice on cat nutrition.
Cats are obligate carnivores and their digestive system is designed for a highly meat-based diet. Their dietary requirements are different from that of humans and dogs. Cats need a high protein diet to fuel their energy. In addition to proteins, cats also require amino acids namely taurine, cysteine, arginine and methionine. Meat contains these amino acids in abundance. Cats also require fat as a source of energy. Fats also provide them with soluble vitamins A, D and E and enhance the taste of their food. Cats derive the necessary fat from meat based food products as plant sources are not enough to meet their needs. Cats don’t have the ability to digest too much carbohydrates and hence their diet needs to be charted out carefully.
Since cats have a unique dietary requirement, it becomes quite challenging to provide the right balance of nutrients through homemade food. Commercial cat food is formulated to suit all your cat’s needs and must be incorporated as a part of its diet. When purchasing commercial cat food, ensure that it is ‘complete’ food. This is usually mentioned in the packaging. Giving your cat, a variety of foods with different flavors and textures is also a good idea. For instance, dry cat feed is good for improving their oral health and wet food has a higher water content, beneficial for their health. Cats derive most of their water intake through food, hence it is good to include it as a major part of their diet.
Commercial food can be quite expensive. However, there are plenty of cat food coupons and combos available online, to help you cut costs and save money, all the while feeding nutritious food to your cat.