You must have heard of the phrase “you are what you eat” and that stands true for our little cats as well. They depend on us for “room and board”, and there is no denying the fact that cat food is one of the most important expenses of their guardianship. A proper diet has the potential to eliminate or delay veterinary expenses for some serious medical conditions

Basic nutritional needs for cats are:

  • Protein intake from a meat, poultry, or fish source
  • Water
  • Essential amino acid - Taurine
  • Fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes
  • You might be surprised to know but cats do not need carbohydrates, although wheat, corn and rice are used as fillers in both dry and canned cat foods. Other components, including flavouring, binders, and colouring, are added by various cat food manufacturers in order to match customers' aesthetic desires.

    Canned or dry food?

    Several nutritionists assert that cats must consume a variety of food, be it dry or canned, for various reasons:

  • Although dry cat food is convenient and can be left out for “free feeding”, canned food holds water content. If your cat does not drink water on a regular basis, then opting for canned food can turn out to be a viable option.
  • Make sure that your cat gets enough nutrients. That “near perfect” food you have selected for your cat, might have too little (or way too much) nutrients and vitamins.
  • Just like us, cats also get bored if they eat the same food every single day. Think about this, would you enjoy eating pasta every morning, noon, night, for years? Not only would you get bored but your health might suffer too.
  • How often and how much?

    Cats mostly eat their main meals at dawn and dusk. How much food you should pour for them depends on their age, size, and how active they are. To get more clarity, it is always advisable to consult a veterinarian. In the end, it is advisable to pay attention to the calorie counts on all foods you provide your cat with.

    Should you offer vegetarian food or homemade food?

    For you, going vegan or vegetarian might be a healthy choice, but it is a bad idea for your cat. Cats require specific vitamins, minerals and proteins that, unlike for humans, only come from cooked meat.

    Final Note

    Turn the frown of your cat upside down by offering them food from some of the most trusted brands in the market. The right food and diet will not only make them healthier but solve the problem of seeing cat fur around the house.

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