A Healthy Cat Knows What Tastes Good

As all cat owners know, a feline can be a wonderful addition to any 

family. One of the most basic aspects of cat ownership is proper health 

care for the cat. Health care for a cat encompasses a wide array of 

vaccine shots, flea protection, vet visits, medications, and even proper 

exercise.



However, the most important aspect of cat health is also often 

overlooked. People spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars over the 

lifetime of a cat to keep it healthy, but most cat owners don’t pay 

nearly enough attention to the proper cat food.


The right cat food is absolutely essential to a healthy, happy cat.


But what is the best cat food for your cat? While each cat will have 

slightly different nutritional needs, there are some general rules that 

must be considered when looking for cat food.


First of all, cats (like their human owners) need a high quality diet. 

This means the best types of protein, fats, carbs, and the less 

preservatives and chemical additives, the better. Most of the research 

available online does not compare specific brands of cat food, as much as 

specific ingredients to feed your cat, and which to stay away from!


Cats need a high protein diet. Wild cats are very carnivorous, and cats 

derive a great deal of their nutritional needs from protein. House 

cats, while not wild, still have many of the same nutritional needs as 

their wild feline ancestors. So, the most important ingredient in any cat 

food is protein.


Carbohydrates are also an important part of a cats diet, though not as 

important as protein. Cats really should derive the majority of their 

nutritional needs from protein, so cat foods that are high in 

carbohydrates may not necessarily be the best for them.


Interestingly enough, many of the premium brands of cat food, such as 

Eukanuba and Innova offer exactly what most cats need, and aren’t 

necessarily more expensive in the long run. This is because high end cat 

foods need a smaller serving amount than the low end cat foods to give a 

cat all the nutrients they need to be satisfied and healthy.


When comparing a premium brand such as Eukanuba, to a lower cost brand 

such as Purina, the cost difference for the recommended serving size is 

only a nickel a day. Furthermore, because a cat will eat less of the 

high end cat food, their waste will be reduced. This can cut down on the 

frequency of litter replacement and litter box related chores.


Another aspect of cat food to be considered is the quality of the 

protein in the food. Because of the way many pet food companies describe the 

meat in the food, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what the 

difference between “chicken flavored”, and “chicken dinner” is.


Food that contains “chicken meal” can only be made from the skin, 

flesh, and bones only. This is really the best type of protein for a cat. 

Food that has “meat byproducts” can contain nearly any animal parts, and 

are of lower quality than “chicken meal”. Food that is “chicken 

flavored” only has to taste like chicken, but may not contain any animal meat 

at all. Also, chicken is generally better than beef for cats.


And it goes without saying, preservatives, as well as artificial 

colors, should be avoided whenever possible. Although specific research is 

lacking on this subject, we do know that preservatives and artificial 

colors can have a negative impact on human health. It is only logical that 

cats will also be negatively affected by artificial colors and 

preservatives in their cat food.


Keywords:

cats, pets, feline, pet food


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