It is important to feed your cat a healthy diet for optimal health, but what exactly does a healthy diet for cats include?
Water makes up a considerable proportion of your cat’s body, which is why cats should have access to plenty of fresh, clean water each day. Cats that do not drink enough water are at increased risk of health problems such as kidney failure.
Carbohydrates are essential for a cat’s diet, in order to supply the right amount of energy to your cat’s brain and muscles. Carbohydrates are found in sugars, starches and fibre that is found in plant sources.
Protein is an important part of a cat’s diet. Cats need a diet rich in protein to keep their coat, skin and nails in good condition. Protein is most commonly found in meat and meat products.
Vitamins and Minerals
The right amount of vitamins and minerals help regulate a cat’s body functions. Cats require taurine, calcium and vitamins C and E.
Too much fat can lead to obesity and other health problems in cats, but that does not mean fat should be completely eliminated from a cat’s diet. Fat is required to promote the absorption of vital nutrients. Check how much food you are feeding your cat to make sure that you are not adding too much fat to your cat’s diet. The right balance of fat will help keep your cat in tip-top condition. Avoid table scraps, as these can upset your cat’s stomach and contribute to rapid weight gain.
Specialty Cat Food
Specialty cat food (also known as advanced nutrition food) is a balanced food choice and contains all the essential nutrients your cat needs for a healthy diet. Choose a specialty cat food that meets your cat’s age, weight and special needs.
Cat owners should take steps to provide fresh water on a daily basis for their cats, as a cat’s body is made up of around 70 percent water. A cat’s diet should also be rich in essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals, and fats. Cat food should be stored correctly in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
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