It’s important for cats to have a nutritionally balanced diet. Cats are ‘obligate carnivores’ which means they need a meat based diet to survive.The main things to consider when choosing a cat food are the age of your cat, your cat’s nutritional needs and whether you want to feed wet or dry food.
Kittens need a diet that supports their growth and development as well as providing them with plenty of energy.
Adult cats need the right balance of nutrients to support their daily needs.
As cats get older their diet needs to provide extra support in order to reduce the risk of kidney problems and mobility problems and other age related problems.
Nutritional needs will vary depending on your cat’s life stage, how active they are and whether or not they have a medical condition. If your cat has urinary problems, kidney problems or needs to lose weight they may be put on a prescription diet in order to properly meet their nutritional needs.
WET FOOD VS. DRY FOOD
There are advantages and disadvantages to both wet and dry food. Dry food may be more economical, however your cat may find wet food tastier. Dry food can be left out for your cat to eat throughout the day but wet food will spoil if left throughout the day.
Drinking water should be freely available to your cat at all times. Cats have a low thirst drive so wet food will provide them with more water. Wet food may be of benefit to cats with urinary tract problems, kidney disease and diabetes.