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The best route to a healthy cat, is a healthy cat food. An excellent cat food can carry cats across all life stages and keep your kitten content as well as your cat! Cats are carnivores, so unless they're patrolling your house for unwanted squeaking guests they'll be depending on you for a balanced diet. Cats are pets that require a specific diet that would be similar to that of wild cats: protein heavy, wet, and meaty. At Equipet, Ireland's favourite pet store, we stock a wide range of both wet and dry cat foods.
There have been many debates over the benefits of wet cat food versus dry cat food, and ultimately the best for your cat is a blend of both. Dry food is quick to serve and easily accessible for your cat throughout the day, but it tends to contain a high amount of carbohydrates as opposed to wet food. Tinned cat 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 cat food must be high quality with the meat percentage clearly labelled to reach your cat's nutritional needs. A high protein dry food with a good quality tinned food will limit your veterinary bills over your cat's life, and give it a higher quality of living!
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 cat 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 foods due to less movement, but equally balancing protein and supporting muscles.