Just like humans some of our feline friends need special diets. For the rest we want to make sure they have a nutritious meal that keeps them fit and strong. Learn about all the options so you can make an informed decision about the best cat food for your furry friend.
Everyone has an opinion or idea of what they think they should feed their cat or kitten. Whether it is milk or fish or chicken or supermarket cat food, the options are exhaustive. In fact there is such a vast amount of information it can be overwhelming and confusing for cat owners. This article aims to demystify things it for you so you can make an informed decision.
Check out our list of the Best Cat Food and Best Kitten Food at the end of this article.
Cats are Meat Eaters
Cats are meat eaters. As carnivores they must have meat protein to maintain their health. There are cheap cat food options but to ensure you cat has a long healthy life it is important you choose a good quality food. Cat food is produced for age groups and it is important you choose the food that is for your cat’s age as it has been designed for their optimal health. Sometimes cats require special diets such as urinary tract cat food or sensitive skin. If you are not sure you can always seek advice from your vet or via our Online Vet. They can determine the health of your cat and what the best diet is for them but if they haven’t had any health concerns you can start with a diet that is designed for their age.
How much should I feed my cat?
This is a very important question to ask so you avoid having an overweight cat. Your cat’s weight, age and size are key determinants in how much food they will need. Just like humans each cat’ body works a little differently so if you are getting advice from a friend, what they feed their cat may not be the right amount for yours. Being careful to avoid having an overweight cat is extremely important to your cat living a longer life. One of the other most critical things is to ensure your cat always has plenty of clean water to drink. Checking their water daily will ensure they have sufficient water and also it is clean and fresh.
Can I feed my cat a vegan diet?
Humans can survive quite well on a vegan diet as they can consume many alternate protein sources. However, our feline friends are not able to eat the same items as we can and will perish if fed a vegan diet. As carnivores they must have meat as it will provide the nutrients they need to survive and thrive.
Meat does not mean only red meat. How many times have you heard someone refer to their tuna lunch as “cat food”? A lot of cat’s love fish but it is not something they should eat daily. High levels of fatty acids, contained in fish, can cause a deficiency in vitamin E in your cat. Moderation is warranted. We recommend focusing on a mainly dry cat food diet with some wet food and a little raw meat such as raw chicken wings.
Is Cat Milk Good for Cats?
We have grown up seeing kittens drinking milk on TV all the time so it is no wonder we all think that is what cats and kittens should be given. Let us dispel that myth as milk is not at all good for cats. It can cause stomach upsets, cramps and diarrhoea. One of the most common misconceptions is that all milk is good for cats! Milk can be high in fat, in fact one saucer of milk is the equivalent of four burgers (based on a 4.5kg cat and an average size woman) – but giving your cat ordinary cows’ milk can also cause upset tummies, cramps and even severe diarrhoea.
A relatively unknown fact is that most cats are lactose intolerant. This means that when a cat drinks milk the undigested lactose passes through their digestive system drawing water from their intestines. Cats and kittens are unable to pass lactose easily through their intestines and then into the bloodstream, so it essentially gets stuck in the intestines causing pain and discomfort. In extreme cases of diarrhea it can also be fatal for kittens.
If you really want to give your cat or kitten milk we recommend one specifically developed for felines, like
Just as with growing children it is important to give your kitten the right diet to allow them to grow strong and healthy. this includes making sure their bones and joints grow well so issues arising with age are minimized. Starting from this young age, and continuing throughout their life, kittens should be given a well balanced and good quality dry kitten food.
Our top 5 recommended best dry cat food for kittens are:
As with kittens your adult cat needs a good quality dry cat food as the base of its diet. If your cat seems to have health issues you should consult your vet, or our Online Vet, in case your cat needs a special diet. For most cats a good quality dry food will provide them with the nutrition they need for a healthy life.
Providing your cat with some raw chicken wings will not only give them more protein but help with their teeth. If decide to provide any fresh meat products to your cat please make sure it is fit for human consumption as tht will ensure it does not contain any preservatives which may be harmful to your furry friend.
Our top 5 recommended best dry food for adult cats are:
As your cat ages you will need to adjust what they eat to make sure they maintain their health and limit issues which may arise. Age can change how your cat’s body processes their food and what type of diet they need. Unlike when your cat is younger, as a senior cat they may benefit from having more wet food than they have had previously. This will help them to maintain their fluid intake. It may be prudent to check with your vet, or our Online Vet, if you are not sure what type of diet to put your older cat on.
As with our recommendations for kittens and adult cats, whatever diet your cat is on should be good quality so it provides the nutrients they need to keep them healthy. Your older cat may become less active so being aware of the amount of food you are feeding them will be important so you don’t end up with an overweight cat. Whilst obesity is one thing to watch you need to ensure you do not underfeed your older cat as they can have equally harmful effects on their health. As they age your cat may prefer to eat more, smaller sized, meals each day so try to do that where possible. If your cat eats smaller meals more frequency it can aid in better urinary tract health. If you are ever in doubt you should consult a veterinarian.
Our top 5 recommended best dry cat food for senior cats are:
Lastly a little reminder that your cat is not human. It’s dietary needs are different to ours so it is important to make sure you feed your cat a well balanced good quality cat food plus some raw meat. If you are ever unsure whether your cat needs a different diet you should consult your vet. Most cats live healthy uncomplicated lives with the right diet for their age.