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Healthy cat food

Healthy Cat Diet:

If you are a cat person, your greatest purpose in life is to keep your cat healthy and happy as you know the laughter, companionship and love that a cat can bring to your life.

Healthy cat food is of crucial importance as it helps your cat grow, reproduce and replenish and a healthy cat diet becomes even more essential because a cat’s nutritional needs are very specific. You can give cats commercial foods like premium diets but be prepared to invest more money in your purchase as the higher end products generally have higher quality ingredients and most importantly contain more substance and less filler.

This basically means that your cat can get the required nutrients from smaller food servings. Cats primarily need water, protein and amino acids and a diet rich in proteins is a must.

They do not need vegetables or grains and also cannot digest carbohydrates. Therefore, it is suggested that you give them food that is low in carbohydrates and high in proteins.

The first ingredient that you must look out for in a healthy cat food is “meat” and must, therefore, look for the words “chicken”, “duck”, “turkey”, “beef” or “lamb”. If the label reads meat by-products or poultry by-products that means it includes the parts of an animal such as beak, intestines, head, lungs and so on. Such food should be avoided as it is poor in its quality of protein and even in case the ingredient does not specify the type of meat, it is suggested that you do not buy such food. In case your cat does not eat canned food, toss some raw meat for them once a while but make sure you freeze the meat thoroughly to kill any bacteria and thaw the meat in the refrigerator and serve it raw as that is the best form of protein a cat can have.

Just like all of us love special treats, so do cats and they are no exception. A healthy cat treat can include tuna flakes or low fat snacks that have less than 1 percent calories in it and come in a variety of flavors. One way to ensure that your cat is eating a healthy diet is by making natural cat food at home rather than getting it from outside. You can do this by combining ¼ cup of cooked organic chicken, 1 teaspoon chopped organic parsley and 1 tablespoon cooked potatoes. Before purchasing cat food, it is essential that you check the labels and compare the nutritional value of cat food.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010