Are you browsing cat nutrition online wondering which the best nutrition product for your feline is? The good news is that there are hundreds of products to choose from. The bad news is that not all cat food online or in-store is healthy. Cats are carnivorous meaning all their nutrition comes from eating one type of food. The cat nutrition you choose should be as close as possible to the real diet of a cat’s natural diet.
The nutrition needs of cat include:
This is the biggest food type in meat, and what your cat needs most. Felines draw their energy largely from proteins in a complex metabolism process. Your cat needs proteins for making hormones, enzymes, and muscle tissue. This food type also contains essential amino acids that among other things help maintain pH, mental and cardiovascular functions. Cats get animal protein from beef, poultry, fish and other animal flesh.
But not all essential amino acids are found in animal protein. Some are found in plant proteins such as legumes. One of these plant protein amino acids is taurine, which has been found to be very crucial or felines. As cats do not feed on plants directly, it is important to feed them on meat from herbivores or ensure that taurine is added to the processed food.
Cats need essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids containing crucial nutrition for a cat such as linoleic and arachidonic acid. These fatty acids are needed for immunity, proper vision and reproductive activity in cats.
Your cat needs minerals for different physiological functions including oxygen circulation, enzyme formation, pH balance, nutrition absorption, muscle function and so on. Minerals include sodium, potassium, chloride, selenium, sulfur, and zinc.
These nutrients are needed for immunity, cardiovascular and muscle function. Cats get most of their vitamins from animal flesh and synthesize some vitamins on their own.
Cats need water for optimal nutrition, oxygen and blood circulation as well as digestive functions. Cats have a low thirst drive but need fresh clean water nearby.
There are many cat nutrition Australia brands but you have to be picky. Watch out for commercial pet food that promises much but delivers little:
- Carbohydrate-laden foods are not beneficial to your cat. Carbs are synthesized poorly by cats and mostly turned to fat which makes your cat obese
- Artificial flavors and preservatives – These have been shown to cause health complications in cats including allergies, digestive problems, poor dental, kidney complications, hairballs and skin problems
- Grain-containing foods – Cats are not made to metabolize grain and this causes digestive complications
It is only prudent that you go for wholesome natural cat food. This is food rich in antioxidants, proteins, fats, vitamins. There are benefits to feeding your cat on a healthy diet:
- Fuller and shinier fur coat. There is less shedding and a lower risk of skin infection
- Better digestion- This translates into better appetite in your cat, and less litter as the cat absorbs most of it
- Lower urine and stool odor
- Lower risks of hairballs
Feeding your cat on a healthy cat nutrition makes the pet more vibrant, and playful. You will enjoy more company and less fusing about health complications. If your cat is happy, you will be happy as well.
What’s the deal with cats and water?
Cats are fairly composed animals, but the second your cat gets wet I’m sure you will see a totally different side to them. Why is this the case though? In this article I will detail some of the theories as to why our cats dislike water so much.
Have you ever turned your tap on and watched your cat become instantly mesmerised by the drip? Many house cats are fascinated by water and you may even occasionally see them try and swipe the water streaming from the tap. The same goes for bath tubs, it is not uncommon for a cat to amuse themselves by sitting on the edge of a full bath, curiously wondering what is going on inside it.
These curious habits are all fun and games until SOMEONE (that someone being your curious cat) get wet. But why is getting wet such a big deal to them? Unless you’ve got a Bengal or a Maine Coon (these breeds actually enjoy going in the water) you are probably just as perplexed as the rest of us cat owners.
There are several reasons that cats don’t like water, one of them being that they have an interesting coat which can have multiple layers to it. Thus when their coat becomes wet it can become waterlogged and ultra-heavy which is of course a very uncomfortable feeling. Another reason may be that cats are super sensitive to different smells, and when they become wet their own scent is washed away and replaced with the chemical scent of tap water or bath products.
Your feline friends are also generally quite skittish and the thought of being submerged entirely in a substance they aren’t too familiar with does tend to freak them out a bit.
So before you go and bathe your cat make sure you ease them into the notion of water and don’t try to catch them off guard! Or you may become a victim to a feisty claw.
Why your kitty can’t resist being ‘inside the box’
Have you ever excitedly purchased a snazzy new toy for your cat only to bring it home for your cat to be more enthused with the box than the actual toy? This is a very common occurrence, keep reading as we will explain some of the reasons why our feline friends love curling up in any box they can find.
You buy a new washing machine and no doubt your cat will be sniffing around the box as soon as you turn your back, how about that new pair of shoes? I’m sure your cat is already in said shoe box. It’s when you buy something in a box considerably smaller than your cat and he’s STILL trying to get into it you know cats definitely do have some sort of obsession with boxes.
Science advisor for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Stephen Zawistowski says “cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide” which makes a lot of sense as we know our cats can get up to some very peculiar things every now and again. I’m sure you have noticed as well that your cat probably doesn’t like being snuck up on from behind or on the side, so this hiding space allows them to keep note of what’s going on around them without (usually) being seen.
A box is also a very cosy and safe place to sleep for a cat which is a crucial element in their day to day life, considering they can sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
So next time your cat runs towards the newest box in the house, don’t forget this information and remember that safety comes first so it is important to remove and staples, tape and handles from the box.