There are two important factors to keep in mind when feeding your cat. First, cats are hunters and require meat (more specifically, animal tissue) to fulfill their nutritional needs. And not just any meat, but those that are high in protein, moderate in fat, and low in carbohydrates. Second, cats need constant access to clean and fresh water.
With these in mind, here are key points to feeding your healthy cat:
1. Feed a food specifically formulated for cats. Check the label--it should state the food meets the requirements of the AAFCO, it is complete and balanced, and it is either suitable for your cat's life cycle (for instance, kittenhood, adulthood, pregnancy, lactation) or it is formulated for "all stages of life."
2. Because water is an exceptionally important nutrient for cats, feed a canned cat food at least twice a day. Canned foods have at least a 75% moisture content (compared to dry foods with 6 to 10%). Unused portions of canned food should be refrigerated, but don't be surprised if your cat prefers a fresh can of cat food at each feeding.
3. Keep dry cat food out in a separate clean bowl, changing it out with fresh at least every 24 hours. Dry food loses it's tastiness quickly, so check the expiration date on the original container. Too, keep the unused portion in an airtight container.
4. Cats can be picky eaters and changing up the flavors and textures from time-to-time will help prevent a cat from zeroing in on one type of food. This is important if a specific diet becomes medically necessary. One flavor, however, you might minimize or avoid is fish. There is some evidence that fish-flavored foods might be implicated in Hyperthyroidism.
To find the protein and carbohydrate levels in a variety of cat foods, check out this link: Cat Food Nutrition - Sortable Charts
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