Knowing what to feed your dog or cat is one of those burning questions that pet parents often ask. For cats, especially, diet plays a crucial role in your pet’s overall health, appearance, and vitality. And it’s not just about when and how much to feed your cat. Giving Lil’ Fluff the right amount of nutrients she needs to thrive is equally important. So, what’s a healthy diet for cats anyway? We’ll answer some of your top feeding and wet food FAQs so you can protect and promote your cat's health and longevity.
Modern house cats are formidable hunters and true carnivores.
Your cat may look adorable when she peers out the window with her tail swishing and eyes wide—staring down a potentially taster critter out in the yard. But your cat is engaging in hunting and stalking behavior. The modern-day housecat has evolved from Felis sylvestris, a wild cat from the Middle East. The process of domesticating the Felis sylvestris into the cats we all know and love today began almost 12,000 years ago. But your cat’s diet needs hadn’t evolved very much from long-ago days when Felis sylvestris terrorized the wild and ancient terrain. Because of their genetic and evolutionary makeup, today’s cat parents must do their best to replicate what their cat would eat in the wild. And wet food can help you achieve this.
What’s the ideal diet for a healthy housecat?
Bottom line? The best diet to feed your cat is one they would eat as their ancestor Felis sylvestris—foods that are rich in moisture and full of meat. Unlike other domesticated animals and pets, cats are one of the few creatures that need quality protein in their diet to survive and thrive. The healthiest and kindest thing you can do for Lil’ Fluff is feeding her a diet that consists mainly of high-quality wet food that comes in either a can or pouch.
Healthy Cat Diet FAQs
Question #1: Dry food is so much easier and cheaper to feed my cat. Why can’t I just feed her kibble? She seems to enjoy it.
Cats can be finicky eaters. Some cats may prefer the crunchy texture of dry kibble. But most like the taste, texture, and smell of wet food. Feeding your cat wet food provides the moisture they need to help prevent health issues. You can feed an all wet diet or mix dry kibble with wet cat food.
You may have noticed that if your cat is picky about their food, they may be even pickier about their water. Cats are like the Princess and the Pea. Their water has to be just so for them to even consider drinking it. Remember, cats come from wild felines who hail from dry, arid climates and deserts. It’s simply not in your housecat’s genetic makeup to enjoy drinking water or feel compelled to do so. Instead, wild and domesticated cats get a lot of their hydration needs from the food they eat.
Raw meat that a wild feline would obtain in the wild from hunting is full of moisture. For domesticated cats, it’s their owner’s responsibility to replicate this dietary need and requirement for them. Hence, the importance of wet cat food.
You say dry food is cheaper to feed your cat. Maybe at the front end of the purchase, it is. But feeding your cat only dry kibble or not enough wet food can seriously harm her over the years. She can get urinary crystals and kidney infections. Dry food is also high in carbohydrates, which can cause your cat to gain weight. An unhealthy cat means higher vet bills for you.
Question #2: How often should my cat eat wet cat food?
It’s best to feed your cat at set times instead of allowing them to graze all day. Mixing wet food with dry cat food is an excellent way to ensure your cat is getting the right amount of nutrition. A good rule of thumb for feeding is twice a day. Depending on your cat’s weight and activity level, you may need to adjust the amount of food you give your furry friend. Always review your feeding schedule and the amount of food your cat eats with your vet.
Feeding your cat at set times has another significant benefit. A feeding schedule allows you to monitor your cat’s appetite. Changes in your cat's feeding habits can give you an early indicator that your cat might be getting sick, and a trip to the vet is in order.
Question #3: Won’t feeding my cat a diet high in wet food harm her teeth?
In the past, cat parents were often concerned that feeding a diet high in wet food and low in dry kibble might give their cat dental problems. But that’s not true. A regular dry kibble diet will not improve your cat’s dental health. Only dry kibble that is specially formulated for the prevention of plaque and gingivitis has this benefit.
But does your cat have sensitive teeth or gums? Then feeding them wet food might be the best thing for them. Wet food is far less likely to irritate their mouth.
Feed your feline wet food for a healthy, thriving pet.
Have you ever devoured a pint of Haagen Dazs in one sitting, or gone days without eating a single vegetable? Ever felt parched and dehydrated? Then you know how important the right diet is not just for health, but to feel good. When you feed your cat a proper diet with the right mix of wet and dry food, she’ll feel strong and healthy, too.
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