There is a wide range of food for cats. In addition to the preferences and needs of the animal, the lifestyle of the owner also plays a role.
What type of feed is best?
Dry cat food? Or do you prefer wet or raw food? The offer is large and the selection varied. So many people wonder whether they should put wet or dry food in their cat’s bowl. Or would you rather use raw food for your cat? Of course, every cat owner wants the best for their beloved four-legged friend. The good news: pet food that is declared in the trade as “complete feed” for cats contains all the important nutrients that our pets need.
But you also want to consider the individual needs of your pet. Offering dry food to a cat who, for example, has a habit of drinking little is not a good idea. In the interests of the cat’s health, you should switch to wet food or feed it a mix of both.
When it comes to eating, cats are known to be picky. They often either limit themselves to a certain variety or they pounce on a new food, but only once or twice, after which they only sniff it briefly and leave it. But how much variety is necessary? If the cat is healthy, it can in principle be supplied with the same food over and over again. Because complete feed, regardless of whether it is dry or wet food, contains everything cats need for a balanced diet: proteins, fats, roughage, minerals, vitamins, bulk, and trace elements. It becomes difficult, however, when the cat has to be switched to a different food as it gets older, for example, because it needs a kidney diet. That’s why cat owners should always present their darlings with different food at longer intervals. This change should always be made gradually over a longer period of time. Some cat owners try to stimulate their velvet paws’ appetite with new varieties if they are bad eaters. This can create a vicious circle as the animal becomes pickier and pickier. To get the cat back to eating normally, it is important that you put away her food after about 20 minutes if she isn’t eating it. Don’t present it to her again until an hour or two later. The transition can take a while because cats can be very persistent: stay strong. Equally important, don’t give treats in between, and if your cat is an outdoor cat, make sure the neighbors don’t feed her either.
Mixed feeding for cats
A wild cat eats several times a day – namely, whenever it catches prey, the cat’s stomach is designed for that. Mixed feeding has therefore proven itself: Ideally, our house tigers receive their ration in three to five smaller portions of wet food – preferably slightly warmed – spread over the day. Dry food, on the other hand, can be freely available, especially because some cats like to eat at night. Dry food promotes tooth abrasion and thus dental health. But beware: The daily ratio should not be exceeded, otherwise there is a risk of obesity. Always adapt the amount and type of food to the age and living conditions of your cat. For example, feed older animals from around eight to ten years of age. A special breed food can also be useful because long-haired cats or particularly large breeds such as Maine Coons have special needs. And of course, kidney or diabetes food is mandatory if the veterinarian has made a corresponding diagnosis.