Cat Food Analysis

April 11, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Food & Nutrition

Cats, of yore, were consuming whateveravailable at home. But recently, commercial, high quality, well balanced foods are available in the market. Cat owners prefer to have a food that has good quality protein, carbs, other nutrients and preservatives etc.

As you know, cats is a carnivore basically, meat source in must in the food. If the source of meat is beef, then up to 95 % can be permitted in the food. In case of chicken, only 25 % inclusion is advisable. In case, the constituent of the cat food is meat by products, grains and glutens, then, the food is not considered healthy.

The cats require more protein in the food than carbohydrates. In cat food proteins is added in addition to meat, through meat by products, meat digest, bone meal, meat meal etc. In chicken, we can very well use the feet, intestine, necks etc as source of additional protein. Having said this, the byproducts will never be a match to chicken meat. The carbohydrate rich food will only make the cat put on weight.

Good combination of protein and carbohydrate is required to make the healthy food for the cat. Artificial preservatives are imperative for any cat food. But then in the long run, the preservatives are to trouble the health of the cat for sure. There few preservatives that are very commonly used in cat food. They are ethoxyquin, propyl gallate, BHA and BHT. Vitamin E or C is the best alternative for artificial preservative.

The dry cat foods are much better than the wet cat food. Dry cat foods are cost effective can be stored easily and also make the cleaning of the litter box easy. The food that comes in cane is much like a raw cat food which has less carbohydrate and fillers but has more water to aid hydration.

The experts are of the opinion that wet food is the best when compared to the dry cat food. As an alternative to commercial cat food, we can prepare and give raw food, matching the natural cat food as much as possible. But this is time consuming, expensive and messy affair.

The advantage is the food has natural ingredients and hence healthy. The food is without artificial preservatives hence, less hazardous in the long run. But the care must be taken the balanced food is offered with the right mix of healthy ingrediets.

Few pet owners prefer vegetarian food. It is ok as long as the food has right amount of protein, carb and other nutrients. But the cat’s life span is compromised in vegetarian food. There are different cat foods are available in the market right from commercial food to premium food. Though the premium food is costly, the cat consumes them less thus making the cost effective.

Cat Feeding Tips – Secrets Exposed

September 12, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Food & Nutrition
Cat feeding tips include how much to feed and when to feed the cat. You ought to ffed your pet cat at least twice daily. Overfeeding the cat should be avoided in cats because such cats will be highly susceptible for digestive disturbances including diarrhea, constipation, etc.

The food quantity and quality varies according to the age. The older cats must be fed with easily digestible food as well as little quantity when compared to an adult cat. The lactating cat requires high bounty of calcium to maintain the loss of calcium through milk.

If you are supposed to take of orphan kitten (below three months), you can give diluted milk at least four to five times a day. The adult orphan cat (above six months) should be fed twice daily as discussed earier.

Cat owner can get enough data and idea about perfect feeding schedule from other cat owners and veterinarians. As cats are not good at digesting milk sugars like other animals, one should restrict the feeding of milk. 

Protein rich food is manatory for feeding cats, but the time of feeding is utmost important. You should not feed your cat with meat before sleeping time because it may go for improper digestion, which may lead to indigestion and related problems. During sleeping the digestive organs won’t perform their functions at their peak.

Cat feeding schedule includes water intake also. You should provide germ-free, and hygeinic water to your kitten ad libitum. If your cat is provided with dry food, you should provide the drinking water of at least three hundred ml. The consumption of water also varies depending on the cleanliness of water, climate and type of feed.