Although they are small and cute and love to cuddle and purr cuddle, cats are basically carnivores and therefore feed primarily on animal-based foods, such as meat, poultry and fish.
Wild cats out in nature also get feed by hunting of poultry, meat or fish, unless they live in reserves that people watch and care about and supply them with meat or other high protein foods.
House cat who go out keep hunting available preys in the domestic area and eat mice, birds, lizards and so forth.
Some people (in the past in a way that was more common) feed their pets with leftover food, but it made quite a few health problems for the cats such as vomiting, allergies, obesity, lack of vitamins and minerals and various nutrients.
So today it is acceptable to feed domestic cats with food that is manufactured especially for them, which is divided into two major types: dry food and wet food.
Dry Cat Food VS Wet Cat Food
The canned wet cat food is mainly consists of meat and animal fat. Dry food is the totality of all these nutrients, vitamins, minerals, supplements and sometimes food coloring.
Usually the wet food is considered inferior in terms of its quality than dry cat food.
There are some reasons for that: first, because the dry food is done by machine, usually all parts are the same size and due to that fact, the ingredients are equal, so the cat gets all that is needed and it is less likely for him to have deficiencies.
Another advantage of dry food is the price as usually is cheaper than the alternative…
The degree of quality wet food is also determined according to the area, since in hotter areas the food in the bowl gets dried out very quickly and not edible and therefore dangerous to the cat’s health. The food might go bad fast and cause problems in the cat’s digestive system.
Please note that usually when pets are getting used to eating wet food, it might be hard to convince them to change the routine and suddenly agree to accept dry food too.
But the opposite is possible so it’s another reason to espouse the dry cat food.
Another advantage is that dry food handling doesn’t require much of the cat owner.
For example, you could leave your cat alone for a night with a sufficient quantity of dry food without fear that the food will go bad until you’re back home.
In addition, the accompanying smell of the wet food is usually less pleasant to the human nose 🙂
How to choose the appropriate food for your cat:
Great selection of types and different companies make it difficult to choose the best food of our pets and often have economic considerations that could affect the recommendation of a recognized company or another.
It happened once before that dogs were poisoned because certain foods were highly recommended by selling stores, although unfortunately the pet’s best interest wasn’t the reason for their advice.
So what should we pay attention to when we need to choose our cat food?
Usually it’s difficult to get a cat to like new food so pre-selection of good quality food is significant and will benefit the cat not only in terms of health but will also ease on our beloved pet.
In addition, just as in humans good diet might be a little more expensive, but that can save a lot of money later on, treatments and visits to the vet wise, and this is another reason to invest.
A lot of times dry food companies are putting grain and cereals in it even though it is not natural cat food and often could damage it. The dry food might contain, for example, corn, wheat and soybeans. This is why it’s important to check what is the percentage of each component of the food, which in general should be with a high percentage of protein. Check that most of the components are from animals and less grains and food coloring.
Preferably the source of animal protein will be mentioned so you can see that the food is not made by residues of the meat industry. The same applies to real chicken or leftover chicken and chicken meal.
Other ingredients such as corn, soybeans and rice aren’t foods for cats in nature and should not be part of the components of the food they receive at home, because usually these are products of industrialized growing and can be dangerous in light of pesticides, genetic engineering and so on.
It is important to note also that vitamins and minerals are in the food, since when cats hunt their own food, they also enjoy the fat of prey and minerals of the animal. On the other hand, try to avoid the addition of food coloring, amplifiers of taste and preservatives that can be very harmful to your cat.
There are also foods that are specially designed to help different phenomena like hairballs, urinary problems, obesity, etc.
Note that there is an appropriate food for kittens and adult cats. Kittens need food to maintain the proper growth and adequate amount of protein.
Also note that, despite the myth, most cats do not like milk or even if they do like it, it’s not good for them to digest and usually cause them to vomiting and / or diarrhea. This of course also applies to cream…
You should also avoid raw eggs, chocolate and onions. Onions are occasionally in infant formula so it is better not to give baby food for cats.