A cat may have nine lives, but to ensure they live each one to the fullest, proper nutrition is of vital importance. More than anything else, a proper meal plan saves you and your cat a ton of financial, physical, and health-related strain.That said, the internet is filled with nutrition guides and cat diets for felines. But they don’t consider that no two cats are the same, nor are there nutritional requirements.
Here in this blog, we’ll run you through the basics of designing your cat’s diet so that no matter what the diet requirements of your furry friend are, you can rest assured that they’ll get the proper nourishment.
Read on for tips on a cat food diet.
Tips To Improve Cat Diet
When In Doubt, Protein it Out
Cats or felines are ‘obligate carnivores,’ meaning they compulsorily need meat in their diet. So, unlike dogs, they can never be vegan or vegetarian. Cats only rely on protein as their main energy source and hence, need relatively higher levels of it in their diet than dogs.
To that end, not only is meat a ready source of protein, but it also contains three nutrients that are essential to cats’ survival: arachidonic acid (for skin and coat health), taurine (for heart and vision), and Vitamin A (for coat and vision).
With meat and protein for that matter, being the primary nutrient in your cat diets, half of your worries regarding their nutrition is already solved.
Choose Canned Food Over Kibble
Now that we know the importance of protein in a cat’s diet, the next step is to ensure a proper medium of delivery. In that, you have two options – canned food or kibble.
However, kibble tends to be low in water and animal protein and too high in carbohydrates. Over the course of time, you’ll save a lot of money on vet bills if you invest in high-quality canned food instead.
Read all about canned foods and their pet food rating in our blog on the best cat food brands available.
Tread Carefully with Homemade Foods
There’s a third medium of delivery as well but is generally frowned upon. Yes, it’s preparing homemade food for your cats. There’s nothing wrong with it. But if it isn’t properly cooked, it can stack up massive piles of vet bills, not to mention have an adverse effect on your feline’s health.
So, before you decide to create homemade cat diets, it’s best to run it by your vet to see if it’s nutritious and nourishing enough. Why? Because ready-made food that you buy is tailored to meet your furry friend’s nutritional needs. Depending on the diet composition, your vet may suggest vitamins or other supplements to augment the homemade diet.
Keep it New
Lastly, make sure that you transition to new foods gradually. But don’t make it too abrupt as it can cause diarrhea or an upset belly. Again, keep in touch with your veterinarian to ensure that each step you take is in line with your cat’s well-being.
So, now that you are aware of some basic tips regarding cat diets, it’s time that you implement these in your cat’s daily routine and ensure proper health and nutrition for your kitty cat.