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So what ingredients should be in my cat's food?

good_cat_food_ingredients.jpgI did a post the other day advising cat owners what ingredients you should stay away from when selecting cat food. Incidentally, if your cat consistently rips off smelly farts, that's a concern possibly related to poor diet. I've taken the next logical step here to help you understand what the most desirable attributes and ingredients are for your cat's diet.

Let's look at the most obvious point. Your cat is a natural meat eater, any attempt to try and change their natural diet usually has negative effects. Domestic cats usually live better lives when they eat predominately wet food. Why you ask? The main reason is that many dry foods do not list meat as the most common ingredient in their ingredients. If meat isn't the main ingredient, you can bet that the ingredients could be grain or some sort of meat by product. Not good.

As we've blogged about in the past, it's fairly clear that wet food diets help to maintain your cat's health much better than dry food. Wet food is a great way to maintain your cat's hydration levels and this is a function that dry foods simply can't do as well. If you notice that your cat rarely drinks water or is reluctant to, you might want to consider giving them wet food.

Here are some other issues to consider:

  • Minerals in your cat's diet like iron, copper, potassium and zinc are all helpful to a cat's diet in small amounts.
  • Ash in small amounts (similar to scrapings on a BBQ grill) helps your cat process his food properly.
  • The first ingredient in your cat's food should be meat. Meat is a good source of protein, vitamin A, taurine and fatty acids.
  • Taurine in a nutrient that from a meat diet, it's an amino acid and it's essential to your cat's heart, eye functions and other essential functions.
  • Arginine is anohter amino acid that helps your cat manage their protein to maintain their health.
  • Like huamns, cat's require their fatty acids. If you see ingredients like linoleic and arachidonic, this is a good thing.
  • Generally speaking, cheaper is not better when referring to cat food. Cheaper foods can cause your cat to eat more in an effort to try and get as much nutrients out of it. The worse part is that you're basically guaranteeing that you will have some hefty vet bills down the road. Or worse yet, a cat with a shorter life expectancy. The most important issue is that your cat will live a healthy better life on higher quality food.

    The best person you can talk to with regards to your cat's food is your vet. If you're concerned about the health of your cat, (I'm assuming you are because you're reading this) take the time to inquire with your vet about the best foods to feed your cat.

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