Food for Cats

Cats are not easy to feed. They are extremely picky eaters. They often stop eating altogether if they do not develop a taste for what is being fed to them. Since every cat has different needs, therefore, it is very important to understand what a cat needs, in terms of nutrition. It is essential that one fully understands what his or her cat needs based on various factors in order to feel right.

Basic Nutritional Needs

  • Protein from eggs, meat, and fish,
  • Amino acids, particularly Taurine.
  • Certain other vitamins and enzymes as well as fatty acids.

What cats definitely don’t need is carbs.

 Kitten vs Adult Cat

To put it simply, kittens are small versions of cats. They are fast growing and need much more calories and nutrients as compared to adult cats. Kittens often need food which they will not need in their later life as cats.

The calorie requirement of kittens is three times more than that of an adult cat. For this reason, most kitten foods have an extra amount of proteins and fats, which provides the kittens with the necessary calories.  If kitten food is continuously fed to adult cats they are the risk of obesity which leads to many more health issues. Kitten food also contains a higher amount of minerals and vitamins for better bone and teeth development. On the other hand, adult cat food has a much lower mineral and vitamin content.

How much and how often?

Cats usually like to eat around dawn and dusk, which means it is ideal to feed them twice a day. The quantity you feed your cat totally depends on the size and breed of your cat along with activity level. It is very important to ensure that you are not overfeeding your cat, as it may lead to several health issues particularly obesity.