Cats have very specific nutritional requirements and choosing a high-quality diet is one of the most important factors for maintaining good health. Here’s our guide to ensuring they’re eating all the right things.
Feline nutrition is very different to that of their canine friends and it is important that cat owners recognise this difference. Cats are obligate carnivores meaning that their diet should be largely made up of high-quality protein. Of course, their diet must also be balanced with their specific requirements in vitamins and minerals, such as taurine, included. Choosing a Super Premium cat food is the best way to go, as these foods are scientifically proven to provide a balanced diet for your pet. Petbarn’s range of Super Premium cat foods includes options targeted towards different life stages and dietary requirements, so be sure to check in with a team member if you need guidance.
How often should I feed my cat?
Your kitten’s rapid-growth stage meant they needed feeding up to four times per day, but once your cat hits adulthood the frequency of their meals can be reduced. Check the back of your chosen cat food’s packet to find the feeding guide, which will recommend ideal portions for your cat based on their weight. Following this is the easiest way to manage portion control, but you can also ask your vet for advice.
Kibble or wet food?
Some cats may prefer certain tastes and varieties over others, so find cat food that best suits their needs. Choosing between a dry kibble and the softer wet food may depend on your cat’s taste. While some cats enjoy chewing on dry kibble, as they get older, issues with their teeth might make them more likely to go for the softer wet food. Petbarn’s range of Super Premium cat food comes in both dry and wet food options so you can give your cat the best diet no matter their preference. Be aware that cats who have largely dry food diet will drink more water. Ensure that your cat always has access to clean drinking water.
What treats can I give my cat?
Though it’s tempting to treat your cat, their specific nutritional needs and calorie intake must be kept in mind. Treats should only make up 10% of your cat’s diet and you should aim to buy treats specifically formulated for them. Petbarn has a huge range of healthy treats in store, so you can reward your cat in the best way possible.
If you need more guidance on your cat’s diet, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Greencross Vets.