Cat Nutrition

A species-appropriate, balanced and varied diet for your cat can significantly improve the general well-being of your beloved cat. Even though we’d all love to be able to spoil our cats with food from our plates, most of what we eat isn’t a suitable diet for cats and in some cases can even be harmful. Ensuring your cat has a complete and balanced diet isn’t just about food – making sure your cat drinks plenty of water is also vital for its health. Providing your cat with plenty of fresh drinking water is important, but just as cats can be picky with their food, they can also be fussy with their water. You can encourage your cat to drink more water by using a Cat Water Fountain. Still water in a bowl can become stagnant, whereas continuous, running water instinctively makes your cat think the water is fresh and uncontaminated, encouraging it to drink more. Read more

Cat Nutrition

Nutrition for Cats with Diabetes

Just as humans can suffer from a range of different chronic conditions either from birth or that they fall victim to as they age, so cats are also prone to a range of conditions, including those that are related to nutrition. Some of these conditions require veterinary treatment, often in combination with a specially adapted diet. Diabetes is one of the conditions that can often be successfully managed by a special diet.

Cat Grass – An Essential Supplement

Cats are carnivores, meaning their natural diet consists only of meat. However, it's common to see outdoor cats eating grass and other plants, to help their digestion and the natural passing of hairballs.

Organic Cat Food

Organic food is on-trend, even in the pet food market. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the frequently asked questions around organic food, such as what the term ‘Organic‘ actually means, and how organic cat food differs from other types of cat food. We’ll also examine the rules that affect how foods are classified as Organic, and whether Organic foods are really free from artificial hormones, antibiotics and growth enhancers.

Food for Overweight Cats

It’s not just people who are becoming increasingly larger – our cats are suffering too! For this natural predator, normally so agile and flexible, being overweight can be just as dangerous as it is for humans. Too much feline flab overloads the joints, as well as disrupting the metabolism and creating a vicious circle: if you’re overweight you don’t want to move, and if you don’t move you gain more and more weight. But how exactly do you put your overweight cat on a “diet plan”?

BARF – Biologically Appropriate Raw Food for Cats

Virtually all cat owners have come into contact with the term 'BARF', but many animal lovers are not really sure what to make of this unknown quantity. What actually is 'BARF', why is 'biologically appropriate raw food' meant to be so healthy for cats and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this feeding method?

How a Sensitive Stomach Affects Cats

Around two-thirds of all cat owners think that their pet suffers to a greater or lesser extent from a food intolerance that has an impact upon its general state of health and predominantly the quality of its skin and fur. However, only in around a quarter of cases does an intolerance towards a food or certain ingredient manifest itself in the form of repeated vomiting and/or diarrhoea. It's important to differentiate intolerance from a real allergy, i.e. a reaction triggered by the immune system.

The Right Diet for your Kitten

Kittens can eat as much as they like, as their nutritional needs are based on their breed, temperament and activity levels, so kittens who love to play will need to consume more for energy than little sleepy-heads. A little “kitten fat” won’t hurt, but you should always be able to feel their ribs through their fur.
  • 10-12 Weeks: In the first weeks after your kitten comes home with you, you should start by using the food that the kitten is already used to. After a while, you can gradually start to mix in new food with the old food, increasing the proportion of new food every day until the kitten is used to it. Growing kittens have a greater vitamin and mineral requirement than adult cats so you should ensure that you are using a quality kitten food to meet these needs.
  • Up to 4 months: Feed your kitten four meals per day, evenly spaced across the day. Keep the feeding times consistent, and make sure one of the mealtimes is before bedtime, so that your kitten does not wake up hungry during the night.
  • 4 - 6 Months: From the fourth month onwards, reduce the number of mealtimes to 3 per day.
  • From 7 months: From the seventh month onwards, it is worthwhile reducing your kitten’s mealtimes to 2 per day: one in the morning and one at night.

Food for Sensitive Cats

There can be many different causes for your beloved cat reacting sensitively to its favourite food, suddenly losing fur, breaking out in a rash, vomiting or its digestion going haywire. However, good advice doesn't necessarily have to be expensive! When it comes to nutrition for cats with allergies or food intolerances, the main priority is to avoid allergenic ingredients and specifically cater to the cat's special requirements.

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What feeding options are there?

BARF

Many pet owners will have heard of the term ‘BARF’, which refers to the trend of feeding pets a raw diet. BARF, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, mimics a cat’s natural diet of fresh meat and cuts out any additives, preservatives or fillers that may be in packaged and prepared cat food. However, one of the drawbacks to a raw diet is that raw meat can have viruses, germs or parasites, which are not killed by the cooking process.

We discuss the pros and cons of a BARF diet, so you can decide whether it is right for you and your cat.

Wet Food

A diet of wet food is recommended for cats because of its high water content, which increases your cat's overall fluid intake and helping them to stay hydrated. Wet Cat Food mimics a cat’s natural diet of juicy pieces of meat. Wet food is either complete and provides your cat with the full range of nutrients it needs, or supplementary and must be fed alongside other cat food.

Dry Food

Dry food has many advantages, not least that it stays fresh during the day and can work out more economical. You can leave enough out for your cat to graze or serve up smaller meals throughout the day. A bag of dry food will stay fresh for much longer as long as you seal it up well. Dry cat food is also good for oral hygiene, as the crunchy kibbles mechanically clean your cat’s teeth and help strengthen their jaw muscles.

Specialist Diets

If your cat suffers from certain health problems, feeding them a specialised diet can help alleviate symptoms.

Cats with Sensitive Digestion could benefit from a hypoallergenic cat food, which contains fewer allergens and alternative proteins.

Neutered cats are more likely to overweight because of the change in their metabolism after neutering. A diet that has a lower fat content can help keep your cat fit and slim!

There are also many diets designed for cats at different growth stages. A kitten’s diet will be significantly different to an elderly cat’s.

You may also wish to consult your vet on recommendations of Veterinary Cat Food.