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The best route to a healthy cat, is a healthy pet food. An excellent cat food can carry across all life stages, and keep your kitten content as well as your cat! These friendly felines are carnivores, so unless they’re patrolling your house for unwanted squeaking guests they’ll be dependant upon you for providing a balanced diet. Fundamentally these are pets that require a specific diet that would be similar to that of wild cats: protein heavy, wet, and meaty.
There have been many debates over the benefits of wet cat food versus dry cat food, and ultimately the best for your feline friends is a blend of both. Dry food is quick to serve and easily accessible for you cat throughout the day, but it tends to contain a high amount of carbohydrates as opposed to wet food. Tinned food brings necessary moisture: you may notice your cat doesn’t drink as regularly as other pets may, and through the additional water in this style they stay hydrated. Be mindful however, the ingredients listed in tinned food must be high quality with the meat percentage clearly labelled to reach your cats nutritional needs. A high protein dry food with a good quality tin will limit your veterinary bills over your cats life, and bring it a higher standard of life!
Kittens require a much more calorific diet than adult cats, similar to puppy dog food. Kitten food tends to be higher in protein, although both kitten and adult foods should be approximately 30% protein. Kitten food will also contain calcium and other minerals to aid bone development and muscle growth, which can be damaging to older cats who no longer need calcium to grow. Senior cat food is quite similar in a few ways, containing fewer calories than both adult and kitten diets due to less movement but equally balancing protein and supporting muscles.