Cat eating from a saucer

Does your cat have a healthy diet?

Cats are carnivores, meaning that they need a source of animal protein to survive, so there should be no such thing as a vegetarian cat! Here’s what they need in their diet to stay healthy.

March 18, 2021
Cat eating from a saucer

· The basis of your cat’s diet should be a high-quality balanced premium commercial cat food that is appropriate for their age and health.  

· Wet food helps with extra water intake and dry food is good for oral health. A balance of wet and dry food is preferable, as feeding only dry food may lead   to obesity.

 · You can also offer some natural foods to provide variety. These include fresh, raw meat that is used for human consumption(rather than pet meat), such    as pieces of raw lamb or raw chicken. You can also add in some raw, meaty bones, but check with your vet first as some cats may have difficulty chewing    raw bones. Always supervise cats when they eat raw bones. You can also offer your cat a small amount of finely-cut vegetables now and again.

 · Never feed puppy or dog food to your cat as it will be deficient in taurine, an essential protein that cats can only get through food.

 · You should avoid sausages, sausage meat and cooked, processed meats as they contain sulphite preservatives, which are not good for cats.

· And make sure they have fresh drinking water available at all times.

Adult cats tend to prefer eating several smaller meals throughout the day/night so they should ideally be offered food at least 4 to 5 times per day.  

The amount of food required will depend on your cat’s size, age and level of activity, but you should take care not to overfeed or underfeed. Your vet will be able to weigh your cat, assess your cat’s health and provide advice.

 

Source: rspca.org.au

 

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