Different Types of Cat
Most cat foods are formulated as dry,
semi-moist, and canned. A quality cat food provides the necessary
nutrients in a properly balanced proportion.
Dry Cat Food
Dry foods contain 6-10% percent
moisture. They contain high quality protein, have the right balance of nutrients
and most cats like them. It takes less dry food on an as-is basis than
other types of food to satisfy a cat, because dry food has more dry matter
and a higher energy content per gram fed. Always make sure that it is
described as 'complete' on the label. By the way the crunchy texture also
does wonders for our teeth!
The main advantage to dry food is that you can leave it down
all day long (even in hot weather) so that your cat always has
something to nibble on. Of course you should always make sure that the daily
recommended amount is not exceeded (that is good advice but I'm not convinced!). Make
sure your cat has lots of water to drink if you are serving dried food.
Moist Cat Food
Moist cat food may be more appealing to some cats than
dry cat food. Moisture content is approximately 35% but it dries out
pretty quickly once opened. Moist food has meat and meat by-products as
the primary ingredients. They are combined with soybean meal, cereals,
grain by-products, and preservatives.
Canned Cat Food
Canned cat food comes in a wide variety of textures and
flavours but varies in quality. The cheaper stuff is a false economy as it
contains low-grade proteins and a higher proportion of cereal (if you want
to give us cereals you would do better to give us a dish of cornflakes!).
Best to choose a good quality br /and with a protein level of about 8%. The
moisture content should be about 80%, so it is a good dietary source of
water. Cats would rather not have canned food served straight from
the fridge, much better if it is br /ought up to room temperature first.
Feeding two or three different cat foods provides flavor variety. It
also prevents them from developing a preference for a food that may
not be 100 percent nutritionally balanced.
Fresh Cat Food
try your cat on raw, minced meat (always cook pork) or lightly cooked fish
such as cod. Go a bit careful on liver though, no more than 50g
once a week. Always ensure you have removed all
the bones from fish or poultry. Of course, canned tuna
, sardines are also excellent meals and highly nutritious. Cats have also been known to also
enjoy cheese, yogurt, rice, pasta, potatoes and green vegetables (particularly peas).