One characteristic of a “living creature” is the use of energy to develop and grow. As you may already know, your plate can define who you are and a healthy diet is a key to a rich well balanced life. The same rule applies to our companions…with a few distinctions to be made…
First of all, cats are Carnivores, Obligate carnivores both in their requirements for individual
nutrients and in their methods of ingestion, digestion and metabolism of these nutrients. They also prefer to consume freshly killed carcases than carrion, Yes, this is a fact. Veganism is out of discussion when it comes to cats.
In regards to meal patterns, a number of laboratory studies have also shown that
given al libitum (open buffey style ) access to a food supply cats will take many small meals during the day and night, although the amount eaten at a meal, and the frequency of meals both vary among individuals. Also, pet cats are liable to be fed at the owner’s convenience, often once or twice a day. Food provided at these intervals is usually more than the cat can eat in a single meal, and the cat will usually return later for further small meals.
But Hey! what does a cat eat ? in short: Proteins. Animal proteins.
Indeed, unlike us people who rely on carbohydrates to function, protein is the main energy source in cats’ diets. Cats are solitary hunters and need to be fit and active in order to be effective predators. As it’s been said earlier, Cats, as obligate carnivores, obtain all their necessary nutrients from animal tissues, it could be: Turkey, chicken, trout, salmon, rabbit…the list goes on. Although, in both raw and cooked form can be appreciated by the small feline, it has been proved that it’s preferable to stick with the cooked meals mainly to avoid contamination by enterobacteria such as Salmonella, or some form of Clostridium.
It is worth mentionning though that cat enjoy the occasional treats, and proteins they get from eggs, and cheese, in small amounts, with delicate attention. They happen to appreciate rice as well in homemade recipes, which, are highly recommended in terms of nutrients quality and cost effectiveness. Not all cats are picky eaters but they’re all indifferent to sweetners or sweet products in general presumably having no need to detect plant-based sugars in their diet.
One last word should be shared about the ” No-No”s, and present you with a list of food to avoid while feeding your pet cat:
- Chocolate: Theobromine in chocolate may cause cat poisoning, causing symptoms such as vomiting, epileptic cramps, and bleeding in the digestive system, which can be fatal.
- Milk: The lactose content of milk is as high as 90%, and most cats lack enzymes that can decompose and digest lactose. drinking milk causes indigestion and diarrhea.
- High-sugar sweets: Ice cream, cakes, and other foods can make cats obese, and long-term eating can easily lead to diabetes and heart disease, and serious poisoning.
- Preserved foods: Sausage, ham, bacon and other foods that contain a lot of salt and condiments, will cause a burden on the cat’s metabolic organs.
- Onions and garlic: Onions and garlic contain ingredients that destroy cat red blood cells, which can cause cat hemolytic anemia, which is very dangerous to cats.
- Tea, coffee: Caffeine stimulates the heart and nervous system, and many cats can’t bear it
As a bonus today, i offer you the following…Info to fat shame your cat. Just Kidding, this is a quick assessement of your cat’s weight.
That’s it for today.
Thanks for reading 😉