Understanding your cat’s nutritional needs
Your cat has nutritional needs much like you do. And feeding your cat properly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your feline healthy. SheKnows explores the important things to look for when it comes to your cat's nutritional needs.
Start your cat's health off right
When you first become a cat owner, take your cat for a well visit to the vet to see if your new pet has any special needs that you need to be aware of when it comes to his nutrition. You should select a high-quality food, regardless of your cat's specific needs.
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"Complete and balanced" cat food
Because government agencies regulate what can be included on pet food labels, foods with the words "complete" and "balanced" should be high-quality and healthy options for your cat. Bottom line is that your cat's food should provide him with a variety of essential vitamins and nutrients -- all in one food.
Animal proteins are incredibly important for a cat's nutrition. Make sure that the cat food you are purchasing has animal proteins listed as the first ingredient. Look for a cat food, such as Meow Mix Tender Centers, that combines multiple animal proteins (such as meat and fish) in one complete dry food.
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Cat food is created for each stage of your cat's life (kitten, adult cat or senior). When shopping for your cat's food, make sure the type you buy coincides with your cat's age.
Your cat's health is not something to gamble with. So when it comes to his nutrition, make sure you are providing him with the best. Look for a reputable, high-quality manufacturer. In addition, look for the company's contact information on the package to ensure you can get in touch with the company if you have any questions about the product.
The cat food you buy should include a statement from the American Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) about the product. The statement should read something like: "XYZ cat food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages."
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Dry versus wet
It doesn't really matter which kind of cat food you buy as long as the aforementioned qualities are included in either kind. The choice is really up to your cat's preference.