Please find below some useful tips in form of a Guest Post by the team from Pets at Home:
It can be hard keeping track of a cat’s diet – especially outdoor cats who are incredibly skilled at hunting, or encouraging the kindness of strangers! But for indoor cats, and when exploring felines are making a stop off at home, making sure cats are getting a balanced, nutritious diet is really important – as important as it is for humans!
There are plenty of options out there for cat menus, with wet food and dry food – not to mention treats! – tempting owners’ wallets and cats’ bellies. While there are plenty of arguments to be had over the best food to feed your cat, we’ve got a few tips on making sure your kitty eats healthily.
Much like with humans, cat nutrition goes through its fair share of trends. At the moment, there’s plenty of aficionados pushing the benefits of a totally raw cat diet, and its underlying principle that meat is one of the best things for cats is certainly the right idea.
Wet food, packed full of fresh meats for carnivorous cats to get their teeth into, is a strong foundation for a feline meal plan. Rich in protein and fats, cats’ digestive systems are designed to break down meats, and get the most from them.
Still, dry food has plenty of benefits – good for grazing throughout the day, and can sometimes help with cleaning kitty fangs thanks to its crunchy texture, it also keeps a lot longer than wet food does.
But it’s not just fat and protein that cats need. Whatever food you’re giving to your four-legged friend, make sure that it’s a complete diet, with a balanced amount of vitamins and minerals.
We all know that cats love treats – small doses of fresh meat and fish, cooked eggs and cheese in addition to their meals can be great motivators during playtime, or a way to reward good behaviour, but should only be given in moderation to avoid weight gain. At all costs, avoid raisins, grapes, chocolate, caffeine and onions, as they can all be harmful to cat bellies!
Making sure cats are eating healthily is an essential way to keep them in good health, with strong bones, healthy joints, and at a weight that lends itself well to leaping about the house!
For more advice about caring for your cat, visit Pets at Home’s cat nutrition website here.