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Choosing a Healthy Cat Food for Your Cat

We all want what is best for our pets. When it comes to choosing the best food for your cat, it can be confusing. There are a great deal of different varieties and brands available, so much so that it isn’t out of the ordinary to have many questions about what kind of food is best for your cat. Should I feed my cat wet or dry food? Would she benefit from an organic food?

Wet and Dry Food: What is the Difference?

Most people assume that cats drink as much water as dogs. You’ll be surprised to learn that this is not the case with most felines. In order for cats to get the proper amount of water to stay healthy, cats need to get some from the food they eat in addition to the water they drink.

How cats get this added moisture varies based on their personal preferences. Most get it from eating wet cat food but there are some finicky kitties out there that do not like wet cat food. If this sounds like your pet, you can try wetting some of their kibble before feeding it to them each day.

Ideally, your cat should eat a mixture of wet and dry food. This ensures that they get that added moisture and that their stools stay firm. Proper digestion helps your cat stay healthy and comfortable. It also makes it easier for you to clean out his or her litter box, which is always a good thing!

Avoiding Corn and Other Grain Fillers

Cats are carnivores by nature. A raw meat diet is the healthiest option for felines, but that is not practical for most pet owners. If you have the time and money to feed your pet an all-raw diet, do so. Cats thrive on a rich in proteins found in meats like poultry.

It is best to feed your cat foods that contain mostly meat if you are going to use commercial kibbles and wet food. Even wet foods contain ingredients like rice and soy for added bulk. There are organic cat food options available for your pet. Similar to the food we eat ourselves, we want to give our pet the best fuel available so they grow up healthy and happy.

Transitioning to a New Food

Cats have fragile digestive systems and are often fussy eaters to boot. The best way to start your cat on a new food is to introduce it gradually. Add a little bit of the new food at each feeding to avoid any digestive problems. It may take a few tries to find the food that agrees with your pet, but once you do he or she will thank you for it.

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