There is such a huge variety of cat food available!
So many manufacturers, so many different types of dry and wet food. Below you find a quick outline and helpful tips on feeding your feline friends.
Proper nutrients for your cat
Cats are not pure carnivores. Feral cats eat all of their prey, including skin, fur and bones. This includes the plant matter present in the prey’s stomach. These
meals give the cat everything it needs: high grade protein, fat, carbohydrate, crude fibre, mineral nutrients and vitamins, bones and hair. Of vital importance for cats are the amino acid taurine and the fatty arachidonic acid which are only found in animal protein and fat.
What foods have these nutrients
Should you be considering putting your cat on a meat-free diet, we would absolutely advise against it as this would have serious consequences for its health. To give them nothing but meat or fish would also lead to deficiency. Human food too, such as meal remains and milk have no place in the food bowl. The protein content is too low and the vitamin supply unbalanced. Ready-made dry or moist foods are based on the natural nutritional needs of your animal and can be given as a complete food. You can then dispense with extra vitamins or minerals unless your cat is sick, very old or pregnant.
Several small meals
Adult cats require approx. 60 to 85 kilo calories per kilogram of body weight. This means they would have to catch around eight to fifteen mice each day to be fully sated. Only very few cats eat mice exclusively, and most indoor cats have probably never seen a mouse in their life. Mimicking their natural feeding habits, you should offer your cat several small meals throughout the day. Some cats will refuse to eat if the food bowl is overfull. Please always comply with the daily recommended rations stated by the manufacturer. The label provides this information together with a typical nutrient analysis.
Wet or dry food
High quality premium brands for instance include more nutrients so that you should feed less than that of lower quality brands. Whether you feed your cat dry or wet food depends last but not least on your cat’s preference. Assuming it’s a good quality food, either type (wet or dry) will supply the required amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. There are practical viewpoints to consider as well. If you work during the day and your cats are on their own in the apartment, dry food is more suitable as it does not spoil as easily. When feeding dry food, you must ensure that your cats drink enough and always have access to fresh water. Do not place the water dish next to the food bowl, because many cats do not like that. You can tell the quality of the cat food by the appearance of the faeces. If your cats can digest the food well, their faeces will be less in volume and well formed.
I N F O R M A T I O N:
|Changing to a different food – slowly but surely
The digestive organs of cats are designed for devouring prey which always hasmore or less the same quality and nutritional composition. Therefore it’s actually enoughto opt for one high quality food variety. Each time you switch to another food strains thedigestive system. This should be done slowly, if at all, by mixing the old food bit by bit withthe new. The following only applies to cats. A cat’s food impressions are already formedin the first weeks. What they haven’t already got to know during that period will mostlybe shunned later. So offer your whelping kitten different types of food so that, when theybecome sick or old, for instance, changing it doesn’t create problems.
Older cats require special foods accommodating the reduced ability to chew, smell and taste. The activity and enzymes in the digestive system change over time so that the cats need highly digestible food. In addition to age appropriate cat food, Maxizoo also offers special food for Persians, cats with sensitive digestion or coats needing a lot of care, for outdoor cats and overweight cats. Our staff at your closest Maxizoo store will be happy to assist you.
Call into your local store today to discuss your cat’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts