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Cat Nutrition

Cat Nutrition

How Cats Eat Naturally

There are several very important facts that we must consider in feeding our cats.

  • Free roaming outdoor cats eat 8 to 10 small meals a day of mice, other small rodents, insects, and birds.
  • Each meal consists of about 30-35 calories.
  • Cats are not great hunters and sometimes must make about 10 attempts to catch each meal, therefor getting a substantial amount of exercise obtaining food.
  • Cats are obligate carnivores-they must eat animal products to meet their needs. Cats cannot be vegetarian or vegan.
  • Cats have very high protein needs (at least 30%) and very low carbohydrate needs (less than 10%) Overfeeding carbohydrates can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. Canned foods will generally meet these needs best, although some kibble may be added.
  • Cats have strong sense of “mouth feel,” which means they like the way certain foods feel in their mouth. It is best if your cat eats a variety of textures of food, like primarily canned twice a day, with small amounts of dry scattered around in food toys so that during the day they can practice hunting.

How to Fed Cats Naturally

Based on the way cats eat, we would feed multiple small meals and encourage hunting behavior. This can be accomplished by using feeding toys or by placing food throughout the home. Food dispensers that only release a limited amount of food at a time may also accomplish this goal.

Dry or Canned                                                   Cat Nutrition

The best diet for most cats is a high protein, low carb diet, sometimes called the “Catkins” diet. Using a low carb canned food is the easiest way to provide this type of diet. Dry kibble or treats can be used in feeding toys.

 

Our best advice is good food, not too much.

Please ask us for advice for your specific situation.

 

 

 

 

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