Select the optimal wet food for cats
Why feed a cat wet food?
The advantages of high-quality wet feed for cats are primarily due to the texture, which is very close to what they would get in nature, and the excellent hydration. As this food is 80% liquid, your cat can meet almost all its hydration requirements in this way.
How much food does a cat need each day?
Just like with their owners, the amount of food depends on the cat’s age, weight and activity level. The resting metabolic rate is about 36 kcal per kilogram of the cat’s body weight, multiplied by a corresponding factor – e.g. x 2.5 for playful kittens and x 1.2 for neutered cats. Indoor cats require less wet feed than outdoor cats. The information on the respective packaging serves as a guideline, with plus/minus tolerance limits. In general, it can be said: the higher the quality of the wet feed for cats, the more filling it is and the less is required. Kittens can eat as much as they want thanks to their natural feeling of satiation. As a rule, they are given up to five meals per day, while adult cats get two to three. However, for overweight cats who are supposed to lose weight, it is important to stick to scheduled feeding times and not exceed the maximum quantity. The easiest way for them to lose weight is through low-calorie food.
From what age can the cat be fed wet food?
When kittens grow up with their mother, curiosity will drive them to the feeding bowl on their own. This way, the transition from breast milk to wet cat feed is usually successful after just a few weeks. In the case of young cats that do not breastfeed, they may be fed wet feed starting at the age of five weeks.
What should be considered when choosing the food?
If there is no health impairment, the cat’s personal taste may (and will) be the main factor when choosing the food. In principle, the selected wet feed for cats should contain many high-quality animal proteins and no added grain or sugar, which can harm the kidneys in the long term. You can recognise High Premium food by a clear declaration that exactly lists the individual ingredients.
Which wet feed is suitable for cats with diseases, e.g. diabetes?
Many cats suffer from hereditary diseases or develop chronic illnesses over the course of their lives. This does not have to be a special impairment and can be supported by appropriate wet feed. Diabetes and kidney disorders in particular are not uncommon in cats. Special wet feed for cats provides suitable combinations of ingredients. With a prescribed renal diet, for example, a low proportion of highly digestible proteins and a reduced phosphorus and sodium content ensure a healthy diet. Special diabetic food has a low carbohydrate content.