What Kind of Food Does Your Cat Need? By All Creatures Animal Hospital, Murrieta, California

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The pet food aisle in many American supermarkets tends to be larger than many food stores in other parts of the world. Cat owners choose can choose from an array of options, including dry, moist, canned, and frozen foods. All of these choices claim to offer complete, balanced nutrition for felines of any number of ages, weights, and health conditions.


Many veterinarians recommend a mixture of dry and canned food to achieve optimal health for cats. On its own, dry food simply lacks the water content necessary to keep maintain good digestive function. Canned food, however, causes tartar and other residue to build up on a cat’s teeth.


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Most grocery store dry food brands contain large quantities of grain combined with meat by-products and nutritional supplements. The grain content of these brands sometimes produces more bloating and excess stools. Premium brands generally comprise more meat products; the low-bulk nature of these cat foods allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. In addition, premium food manufacturers usually use fewer chemicals, preservatives, and dyes that could cause health problems for your cat.


A so-called raw diet comprised of meat, eggs, and other natural products can improve a cat’s health, but the cat owner must take the time to learn the complexities of feline nutrition. For instance, while cats fare well on eggs, raw egg whites often cause cats to develop vitamin deficiencies. Cooked egg whites, however, do not trigger this issue. A raw diet requires careful monitoring of calories and nutrition, as well as discussion with your vet to ensure that all of your cat’s nutritional needs are met. Anyone considering feeding a cat a raw diet needs to remember that this does not constitute a “people” diet.


Most people believe that cats enjoy drinking milk. Unfortunately, most adult cats develop lactose intolerance, and milk could cause them to have diarrhea. Cream, on the other hand, contains beneficial butterfat and has a number of nutrients that benefit cats. Serve cream in small portions to avoid any issues caused by sensitivity to dairy.

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