When it comes to feeding your cat, the most important thing to remember is that they are carnivores. Often, we can forget this fact, that they need a diet consisting mainly of meat, much more than humans or dogs. Sometimes it can be easy to think dogs and cats can eat the same type of food, however a carbohydrate heavy diet to a cat can be fatal. It is important to remember when it comes to feeding your cat, this isn’t a game, like some pet slot machine, where you feed them whatever and they’re happy; this is real life and finding the right food is crucial to your pet’s health.
How to Decide What to Give Your Cat
It can be a bit of a minefield trying to decide what to feed your cat. Cats are generally very inflexible when it comes to food, and will go on hunger strikes if a certain type of food doesn’t suit their palette. These types of strikes are very dangerous for a cat, and need to be minimized as much as possible. Also, it is important to be aware that a cat’s tastes might change over time, so don’t be alarmed if they start to reject a food they once enjoyed.
When choosing food, it is good to first ask the vet what kind of food your breed of cat normally prefers. Ask for some guidance on wet vs. dry food, or should it be a mixture of the two. Remember to always read the labels, and check that the brand has been approved by the animal health board as having enough nutrients to keep your cat healthy.
From this, it is all about trial and error with your cat. Pick a certain type of food and do a taste test and then monitor your cat afterwards; make sure it doesn’t upset their stomach and that they eat it all okay and seem generally happy. If your cat is no longer eating the food it used to, then start to introduce a new type gradually, so as not to mess with your cat’s system, and see if they take a liking to it.
Cat Food Brands We’d Recommend
- Honest Kitchen
- Nature’s Variety
Make Your Own Cat Food
If you would like to try making your kitty some homemade food to avoid the chemicals in mass produced foods, then there are a couple of simple guidelines that are good to stick to. The food needs to include:
- Animal protein
- 30% animal fat
- 1:1.3 calcium to phosphorous ratio
- 10-30% water
- Less than 10% carbohydrates
There are also some ingredients to make sure you avoid including when cooking your own food:
- Raw Egg Whites
Apart from this, you’re good to try and whip up some fresh food for your cat. Remember to make sure it is protein heavy and includes a variety of different types of protein.