In order to promote cat health and as a part of cat health care, a healthy diet for your pet is vital. It is incredibly easy to just buy any old pet food from a pet shop or supermarket but cat owners aren’t always aware of what is in the food their cats are eating.
Cats are carnivores so they need a diet of meat. Unlike dogs, cats have no need for grain in their diet and if they are fed it they are at risk of developing diabetes and obesity, which are major problems for cat health care professionals to treat.
In the wild, a cat would normally get most of the water it needs from its prey. This means that pet cats, who don’t hunt and who eat dried food will need to drink plenty of water to make up for the dryness of their diet.
Because of their need for plenty of water, it is better to feed cats moist food from either tins or pouches than dried food. Owners who wish to change their cat’s diet from dried food to moist food might meet with some resistance from the cat who might not appreciate the change: mixing dried food and moist food with gradually smaller quantities of dried food should overcome this problem.
Once or twice a week it is advisable to feed the cat some raw sardines, herring or mackerel. Don’t be tempted to feed tinned tuna though: it is too salty.
A healthy diet is the lynchpin of good cat health care. Being a conscientious owner will save your pet from bad health in the long term, as well as saving hefty vet bills.