Feeding Your Cat

A cat’s natural diet (rats) supplies it with all the nutrients that it needs in a clean and convenient packaging. It contains sixty percent water, fourteen percent proteins, ten percent fat and one percent of carbohydrates, and even vital minerals. Its liver is full of vitamins and the bones supply calcium and nutrients that are hard to digest.

 The fabricated nutrients for pets have reinvented the rat, using approximately the same formula and presented in a never ending variety of forms and flavors. Small kittens and older cats, fat cats and extravagant ones, sick cats and healthy ones, are all fed with special diets that are made especially to satisfy each of their needs.

Moist Foods
Canned foods are presented in a wide variety of flavors and textures, but also vary with qualities. The cheaper brands contain a lower quantity of proteins and a high proportion of cereals. This means that the cat must eat large quantities to stay healthy. Always choose a good brand that contains a level of 80% protein. Canned foods contain 70-80% of water, almost the same amount as a natural hunting diet. You can also find moist food in cans made for just one meal. Keep the cans closed and refrigerated once opened, but heat it to room temperature at serving time. The majority of cats do not like the frozen food. Dogs food should not be consumed by cats because it contains very little proteins and preservatives that may be harmful for them.

Note:It was discovered that cats prefer their food at 30 degrees C (86 degrees F), which is the same temperature as a fresh prey.

Dry Foods
There are some advantages when using completely dried foods. They contain high quality proteins and have the right amount of nutrients, and the majority of cats find it very tasty as well. The crunchy texture also helps to keep the cats teeth strong and healthy. Dried foods are more concentrated and contain more energy than the canned foods, therefore it also uses smaller portions. This means, it is more economic than canned foods. Another advantage is that it doesn’t go bad, even in a hot weather, it does not smell bad and it can be left out throughout the whole day so that your cat can choose when it wants to eat (to avoid an overfeeding it, the quantity that is recommended on the label should be measured correctly).

 When you purchase dried food look for the word “complete” on the label. The “complementary” foods are special treats & shouldn’t be served all the time.

 The brands that are sold in the supermarkets are perfectly adequate, but the higher quality brands and special prescribed diets are only found in veterinary stores and pet shops. Just like canned food, dry food comes in different formulas, adequate for different cat ages, for example, for kittens, adult cats and older cats. If you change from a canned diet to a dry diet, introduce the new food gradually during a period of five to ten days.

 Some time ago, dry diets had high levels of magnesium, which makes the pH level of the urine too alkaline, causing feline urinary tract disease. This doesn’t happen any more and dry foods are perfectly safe. Nonetheless, dry food only contains ten percent moisture, so there always has to be abundant water in reach. If there is not, the cat’s urine is reduced in quantity and is more concentrated, increasing the risk of urinary problems. If you are not too sure of what to do, the solution is a mixed diet: one day canned food and the other dry.

Note:An adult cat needs forty different nutrients for its food. It also needs the double amount of proteins that a dog needs.

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