Feeding your furry friend
With an everchanging world, food is rapidly advancing. But is the food you’re feeding your cat the right one for its nutritional and personal needs? There are many types of cat foods from dry cat food, to wet cat food, to raw cat food, etc. and today we’ll explore the many types of cat food and which you should be feeding your cat.
Before we jump into the types of cat foods and which is best, we must first address your personal cat. Every cat is unique and requires different foods to meet their dietary requirements. They may have a unique medical condition and can be susceptible to it depending on what their diet is so you will want to talk to your veterinarian about what the best option is for your furry friend.
Feeding your cat and types of cat food
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they require the nutrients they normally get from animals. What you feed them must have the necessary proteins, fat and other nutrients they would normally obtain. There are 3 main types of cat foods–
- Dry foods
- Canned foods
- Semi-moist foods
There is no right answer to which type of cat food is best for your cat and you should speak to your veterinarian about which is the best option based on your cat’s dietary requirements and medical conditions. In this article, we will address the two main ones- dry and wet.
Dry foods are typically purchased because of their affordability and that you can leave them out. They often have more carbohydrates and less protein than wet foods but are determined by veterinarians to be better for the teeth. One of the options for this is Purina, which is one of the best grain-free dry cat foods.
Wet foods are more expensive and can’t be left out after opening. It has more protein and fat and is typically better for stronger muscles and cats with certain medical conditions such as urinary or kidney tract infections. The high moisture content can help with their condition as well as keeping them hydrated.
There are a lot of options and variety in the world of cat food so make sure to talk with your licensed veterinarian before making a decision on what to feed them. Both dry and wet cat foods can have their advantages and it may be best to use a mixture of the two to obtain the best nutritional demand for your cat!
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