Good nutrition gives your cat the means to fight off infection
and illness. Just like people, a healthy diet, combined with
exercise gives a cat that glow of physical and mental well-being.
Feed your cat a diet of high quality premium cat food that
contains no meat by-products, indigestible fillers, dyes or
chemical preservatives. Even though these kinds of food may
cost more, your cat will eat less, be more satisfied and you
will be able to see the results-- glossy coat, smooth skin,
alert, shiny eyes.
A good or bad diet is quickly reflected in the main organ
of the cat's body, the skin. Together with the cat's fur,
which grows an amazing amount per day, one can easily pick
the well-nourished cats from those lacking in basic nutrients
or not eating high quality food.
Cats are carnivores and most commercially available cat foods
have sufficient protein levels. Canned cat foods should list
animal protein as one of the first two ingredients. Dry foods
should list animal protein as one of the first four ingredients.
Approximately 40 per cent of a cat's food calories should
come from fat, ideally animal fat. Cats do not really require
carbohydrates in their diets.
While the world gets more high tech and "advanced", it also
gets more removed from nature. Many people have realized that
the secrets to maintaining health and energy, often lie in
nature rather than in technology. As people turn to natural
remedies and healthy eating, they've also found that their
cats can benefit by natural diets too!
In our country people normally do not prefer feeding their
cats canned food and like to feed natural diet. But what is
important is that the diet should be balanced and complete.
When making your own food, it is crucial to achieve the correct
balance of nutrients. This is not easy. Too much or too little
of necessary nutrients can actually make your cat ill. There
are several books available that deal with natural nutrition
and health that can be helpful.
Biologically, a cat's body is designed to eat raw meat. Published
studies have indicated that raw meat may actually be more
digestible than cooked meat. Raw meat is also an excellent
source of taurine, an essential amino acid. Fat, whether animal
or vegetable is easily digestible and does not need to be
cooked when fed to cats. Some of the feline nutritional requirements
for fatty acids can be obtained from vegetable fats. However,
arachidonic acid, an essential fatty acid, only comes from
Vegetable starches when fed to cats, must be cooked to be
easily digested. From protein, cats bodies can manufacture
sufficient quantities of sugar to maintain blood glucose levels,
so they may not require carbohydrates in their diets. Use
whole grains to get the benefit of vitamins, minerals and
fiber. When using raw meat in cat diets, it is recommended
to buy meat from reliable sources. Always use high quality
ingredients. Expensive, lean cuts of meat are not necessary
- animal fat is good for cats.