A question that every master of cats arises all the time: in the ‘ power cat is better to dry food, the wet food or the home-made?
It is difficult to choose because the classic croquettes would seem very appetizing, but even the ready-made cans that are found at the supermarket and in pet shops are no less so, as is the food prepared for the housewife with much love and care.
There is no exact and universal answer for every feline, as there is no better cat food.
Every feline eating has its advantages and disadvantages and it is important to be informed to keep the cat healthy and perpetuate the choice of a balanced diet : one must never forget that the cat’s immune system starts from the stomach, so it is essential to cure this aspect fundamental in the life of your furry friend.
Cat feeding: dry food
The dry food for cats is counted among the dry food.
They are small croquettes made with a mix of raw materials, especially meat and fish but also vegetables in varying proportions to make the feline follow a balanced diet.
The raw materials are blended, assembled in the form of small croquettes and dried, or the water is removed so that the food is kept well. Dry food is more concentrated than most, so it is more nutritious for the same weight.
It is also a disadvantage, as the feline ingests more calories if the portions are not checked.
Some cats and kittens like the faint smell and tend to eat slowly, digesting better and avoiding episodes of vomiting and intestinal constipation. A bowl of freshwater must be made available to cats and kittens.
It is the ideal food to prevent tartar and plaque around the teeth and does not give off bad odors if left in the bowl. Too bad that being concentrated, this type of diet favors feline obesity. Furthermore, being rich in minerals, stones are more likely to form in the bladder and kidneys.
Cat feeding: wet food
Unlike dry food, wet cat food is richer in water and more palatable than dry food, although less energetic.
It is found in the form of cans, cans or sachets and the cat tends to gorge itself with voracity: it is rich in water and does not create constipation, as it is well tolerated by the digestive system of cats and especially kittens, even in the process of weaning.
The cat tends to drink very little, so having water in eating helps to take the right amount of fluids and avoid the danger of kidney failure.
Wet food is ideal for older cats with dental, gum or intestinal problems. A disadvantage is that it is much more expensive than dry food and is the cause of unpleasant odors in the house because a little heat is enough to make it go bad.
Cat feeding: homemade food
The home feeding for cats and kittens in the process of weaning consists of preparing a homemade food ration of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals in variable proportions depending on the age of the cat and the energy requirement.
For example, kittens from 2 to 18 months should take 70-100g of meat and fish, 10 to 20g of overcooked cereals, 10 to 20g of boiled vegetables, a teaspoon of seed oil and vitamins and minerals perhaps in the form of liquid food supplements (doses are intended as raw).
The same for an adult cat from 2 to 8 years, even if the doses of meat and fish range from 120 to 150 g, as well as 25-35 g of both overcooked cereals and boiled vegetables.
For an older cat aged 9 and up, home-style feeding should include 60 to 90 g of meat or fish, 15 g of overcooked cereals, 35 g of boiled vegetables and the usual teaspoon of seed oil, combined with vitamins and minerals.
But what kind of food can a feline eat ? The cat has to eat chicken, fish, beef and rabbit down, while tuna and cold cuts can only be given as a reward.
As cereals, it is better to give overcooked, almost flaked rice, while for vegetables, carrots and green vegetables are a boon for cats. Avoid onions that are toxic. As for fats, the animal takes them with olive or seed oil, or by eating the fatty parts of the meat.
The cats and kittens who follow a homemade diet are obliged to take nutritional supplements prescribed by a veterinarian. The milk is not recommended for a cat, as it may cause him diarrhea, less than that specified in powder or ready for use.
Eggs argument: never give cats the albumen that is toxic, better the yolk and once a month, as a tonic. Prohibited sweets and chocolate, toxic for the hairy. Below is a summary table of healthy foods that are harmful to cat health.
Healthy cat feeding: how to feed the most demanding
A trick to make a demanding cat eat?
Without exaggerating, but salting the dishes: the industrial cat food tends to be salty compared to the one prepared at home, so it is more palatable.
The best way to have a healthy and well-fed cat is to stick to the doses indicated on the packs for those concerning dry and wet food and to the ones listed above for home cooking.
The secret is to vary as much as possible, alternating with crunchy, canned and homemade food.