To be in good health, the cat must have a excellent quality feed and perfectly balanced. If you have a dog and a cat, it is therefore not at all desirable to feed them in the same way. The cat is a strict carnivore, which must nevertheless eat a small amount of products other than meat or fish, such as certain vegetables. It is in any case very important to ensure its intake of minerals and trace elements. Let’s do a check in.
What is a balanced diet for cats?
Today, the domestic cat no longer feeds itself as it once did, if only because it no longer hunts to eat. His master provides him with the food he needs on a daily basis but does it meet all the animal’s needs? Not so sure.
So that the body is able to provide the necessary energy to the cat, but also to meet the essential needs for the proper functioning of its organs, to maintain the good condition of its cells or even to the oxygenation of its blood for example and can thus allowing the cat to fight against many pathologies, it is absolutely fundamental that its diet provides it with all the essential nutrients. Among them, the minerals and trace elements have a major role to play. It’s about :
- Of calcium, capital for bone metabolism,
- Of copper, essential for the bone marrow,
- Of magnesium which actively participates in the proper functioning of the cat’s body and strengthens among other things its muscular elasticity,
- Of phosphorus, essential for the cat’s body to benefit from the calcium in the diet, which proves how much essential minerals can be linked to each other,
- Of potassium, crucial for cells,
- Of sodium chloride, because it ensures good hydration,
- Of zinc, which limits skin problems, participates in the maintenance of cells and is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
But beware, if a mineral / trace element deficiency causes health problems,excess is not more beneficial to the cat since it can also be the source of disturbances of all kinds. Thus, when a cat suffers from urinary problems, depigmentation of the coat or even digestive problems or even muscle weakness, perhaps the mineral or oligo content of its diet is unbalanced. It must indeed be extremely rigorous in the dosage of minerals and trace elements so that his cat does not suffer.
Thus, for example, a good proportion must be respected between the phosphorus and calcium intake, which must be of the order of 1 to 1.2 so that there is no imbalance at this level and therefore to preserve good bone metabolism.
The teacher must also do everything to maintain the water balance, which is possible if the diet provides the right daily intake of potassium and sodium chloride. This helps stimulate thirst. However, sufficient water consumption promotes urine dilution and therefore the diuresis (or excretion of urine). We know that cats are particularly prone to urinary tract infections. Giving him foods that are well supplied with essential minerals (but not too much either) partly protects him against this problem which can put his kidney health at risk.
Feed your cat well on the advice of the veterinarian
If you want to give a household food to her little twink, that is to say prepared at home, why not? But this requires a good knowledge of vital needs of the cat on a case-by-case basis. A consultation with the veterinarian is essential in order to first know what the specific needs of the animal are according to its age, sex, breed, lifestyle and state of health.
Then the veterinary can give valuable advice to the master so that he can prepare his own daily rations for his little companion without ever deviating from his basic needs. Many masters prefer to buy industrial cat food, of very good quality, well supplied with essential nutrients all categories. They can buy dry food in the form of croquettes and wet food like pâtés in a box or in a fresh sachet.
Proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and water: this is what our cats must receive every day of the year. Meet fish, vegetables and fruits (peas, pumpkin, zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, green beans, strawberry, watermelon, melon, apple and banana) are needed. But be careful because the cat is sensitive. There are loads of foods so he can’t eat.
It is strongly recommended to obtain supplies from specialist distributors who offer Premium food for all cats, even ultra premium, that is to say for kitten, cat in gestation or lactation, adult cat, but also for sedentary cat, active, convalescent, obese cat, sick, Persian cat, sterilized cat … It is a tailor-made food not to be neglected because by preparing the food for your kitty yourself, you risk having the least heavy on some components or too light on others and, without intention of harming him of course, exposing his cat to very serious health problems.