The 101 Shopping Guide for Your Pooch

Cats are one of the best choices for pet lovers.

By Ira

By their attitude, cats make great companion and being small in size, means that even people who have small homes can keep dogs as pets. One of the aspects of keeping a cat as pet is ensuring proper cat diet. Here is a look at some of the best cat diet options currently available in the market.

1. Specialized Pet Food for Cats: Specialized cat food is manufactured and marketed for feeding your cats. It is made of 30% protein, 12% fat, 12% moisture and 5% fibre. The food ingredients are wholegrain cereals like corn, rice and wheat, corn gluten meal, full fat soybean and soybean meal, poultry and poultry by-products. Other ingredients of this food are wheat flour, palm stearin etc. This is a complete and balanced diet, and perfect blend of vitamins and minerals and does not include any artificial colouring or flavouring or preservatives. This is generally a zero preparation food which can be served in the pet bowl directly and can be used in automatic pet food dispensers.

2. Meats for Cats: Cats are natural carnivores and they need a lot of protein in their diet. That is why meat of any kind is a well-liked food of cats. Cats need proteins to ensure that their heart remains healthy, their vision remains sharp and their reproductive system remains working at best levels. Cats like to eat cooked meats of all kinds like turkey, chicken, and different types of lean meats as well. Raw meat is not recommended for cats or dogs because of risk associated with meat spoilage. So, any meat that you would not eat, is not recommended as cat or dog food of any kind either.

3. Whole Grains as Pet Diet: Cats also love to eat different types of whole grains especially if it is mixed with some other food item. Some cats like to eat polenta which is basically a corn meal but is ground rather coarsely. It is well liked because of its texture though many cats like corn in plain or other forms as well. Grains like brown rice can also be eaten with barley and wheat berries. It is best to mash these before you serve them as pet food though. While whole wheat breadcrumbs are also highly recommended, make sure that all food is well cooked before you serve it.

4.Vegetables for Cats: This is a more or less hit or miss case. Not all cats like vegetables and almost none of the cats like fruits. Did you know that this is because cats can not taste sweet flavours? Keep in mind that you can include vegetables with other cat food, for example, you can mix fresh cucumber, steamed broccoli, asparagus or even an occasional potato. However cats can not survive on vegan diet. Always make sure that your cat food does not include any kind of onion or garlic. Vegetables can be a good additive as fibre for cat food but never the mainstay.

5. Fish and Eggs for Cats: Cats are particularly fond of eating fish though you should not feed them too much of fish on a regular basis. Once or twice a week is fine but anything more is inviting unnecessary trouble. Fish diet provides a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids which is great for the cat’s eyes. Canned fish is a good choice for cats and most kind of cooked fish as well. But you need to ensure that you never feed them raw fish. Sushi is for people, not cats. Eggs, specifically chicken eggs are also well recommended for cats. Boiled eggs are a big yes for cat diet and so is scrambled egg. Do not feed raw egg to your cats.

Always keep in mind that cats need a balanced diet and it is your responsibility to provide it to them as per a regular schedule.

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