Cats have a unique feeding behavior.

In nature the cat is used to eat at random throughout the day and night.

The best feeding pattern for domestic cats is self regulating intake provided they are not obese.

They have a relatively short intestinal tract, specially designed for consumption of animal based proteins and fats.

If used to moist food, cats may present difficulties with transition to dry food. Gradual transition is therefore recommended.

Cats are poor drinkers. Be sure to always stimulate the water intake by providing plenty of fresh, well aerated water to your cat. Avoid that your cat only drinks when she goes to the feeding bowl by placing several drinking bowls throughout the house and in the neighbourhood of the cats’ favorite places

Correct feeding is important to prevent malnutrition and worm infections.

Throughout the evolution of the cat the metabolism of a strict carnivore has been preserved:, which means that cats need:

Taurine, only found in animal based proteins.

Linoleic and arachidonic acid, only found in animal fat.

Preformed vitamin A (they cannot convert β-carotene to vitamin A).

A higher level of protein in their food than dogs due to higher requirements.

 

Dry food

Using mainly dry food for your cat rather than canned or fresh food is most convenient at home. It is generally more hygienic, less expensive, and offers a sufficient supply of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Furthermore, dry food will help reduce plaque on teeth because it's slightly abrasive.

 

Canned meat

Using canned meat provides a nutritional basis including 70 to 80 percent water. Add oat flakes, rice, or noodles to supply carbohydrates and vegetables and fruits to ensure that vitamins and dietary fiber are provided

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