Cat food is one of the most important expenses of feline guardianship, next to veterinary care. It is important also to note that proper diet can eliminate or delay veterinary expense for a number of serious medical conditions. Learn how to read cat food labels, why some foods are better than others, and what those mysterious ingredients are.
First of all, keep in mind that there is no one food that is best for every cat. There is no single food that will give every cat the brightest eyes, the shiniest coat, the most energy, and the best digestion. Cats are individuals just like people, which means that you could feed a brand of very well-formulated food to a group of cats and find that most of them do great on it, some not as well, and it may actually cause some gastrointestinal upset in a few cats. Luckily, there are many well-formulated cat foods to choose from today, and it is fine to try several to determine which one works best for your cat.
In general, cats metabolize protein and fat efficiently, so these two energy sources should make up a big chunk of their diet. And kittens need many more energy-producing nutrients – protein and fat – and more vitamins, minerals and water than adult cats. And because kittens’ smaller tummies fill up so quickly, you need to give your kitty the most concentrated form of nutrition possible in several small meals a day or allow them to free-feed throughout the day. High-fat and high-protein foods designed specifically for kittens give your kitten the energy to do what she does best – attack your toes!
Cats are individuals, just like people. They are beautiful, fascinating creatures with their own special nutritional needs and definite preferences – some like chicken, some like fish. Some cats like canned food, some like dry food, and some like a combination of the two. Keep in mind that no one food is best for every cat. You could feed a brand of very well-formulated food to a group of cats and find that most of them do great on it, some do marginally well, and a few may actually get sick from it due to food intolerances or other medical problems.