Three Essential Things You Will Find in High-Quality Wet Cat Food

Cats have unique dietary requirements. Unlike dogs, cats are strictly carnivores, and thus have shorter digestive tracts than dogs and humans. Feeding your cat home-cooked food may seem adequate, but it may lack sufficient quantities of protein, as well as the amino acid, taurine. With their shorter digestive tracts, they require diets that differ from that of dogs and humans. High-quality dry and wet cat food should be well balanced and contain the correct percentages of protein, fat, fibre, and ash to minimise the risk of deficiencies and diseases associated with incorrect nutrition.

Keeping your pet healthy is easier when you provide scientifically formulated and correctly prepared food. To ensure that your pet also gets the required level of moisture in their diet, you can supplement the dry food with well-balanced wet cat food. But, why is moisture so important if your pet already has access to fresh water?

Moisture from Nature

According to an article titled “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease” published on the website of the Veterinary & Biochemical Sciences Texas & AM University blog in 2016, wet cat food supplements the pet’s water intake to help prevent the animal from contracting one of the many feline lower urinary tract diseases (FLUTDs). Cats in the wild mainly rely on their diets to supplement their water intake. However, domesticated cats hunt less, thus reducing the moisture intake required to keep them sufficiently hydrated. Supplementing your cat’s diet with tasty wet food adds just enough variety to their diet to ensure that they stay hydrated. Of course, you can also just feed your pet wet food, but it is a more expensive diet than dry food.

Fibre and the Indoor Pet

Since your pet is not living in the wild, it cannot hunt for prey from which to get the required nutrients. Although fibre in the diet may seem less important than, for instance, protein, your pet still requires the right amount to prevent constipation, diarrhoea, and other digestive tract problems. Even though they are carnivores, they still have fibre in their natural diets.

In nature, they eat the bones, ligaments, cartilage, fur, and tendons of their prey. According to Dr Ken Tudor’s article “Do Cats Need Fibre in Their Diet”, published in June 2012 on the PetMD website, they even get fibre from grooming, as the undigested hairs from their bodies also provide them with intestinal dietary fibre. The fibre in our dry and wet cat food also helps your pet to feel full, thereby aiding in weight management. However, the main purpose remains to keep the digestive tract healthy.

According to an article by Dr Jean Hoive titled “Fiber Facts”, published in November 2013 on the Little Big Cat website, the fibre can be soluble or insoluble. If it is insoluble fibre, it cannot be dissolved in water. As such, it remains in its original form. The fibre increases the bulk in the digestive tract, and thus helps to prevent constipation. In the soluble form, it helps to absorb moisture to prevent diarrhoea. The diet should therefore include both forms of fibre. Fibre in the diet also helps to move the hairballs through the digestive system. You will be glad to know that our dry and wet cat food contains the right combination of protein, moisture, and fibre to promote good health through a balanced diet.

Taurine is Not a Preservative

It is one of those words that you may have seen on pet food labels, but you may not have known why it is included in the product. Taurine is not a preservative, but it is essential for the health of your cat. Indeed, you will want to see the name on the food label when you shop for dry or wet cat food.

According to the PetMD article titled “Taurine Deficiency in Cats”, it is a type of amino acid, which is important for the proper functioning of the animal’s body. It is undeniably essential as part of the carnivore’s diet. Cats, unlike many other mammals, cannot produce enough taurine in their bodies. Also, according to the article, they need to supplement it with their diets, and thus require dry or wet cat food that includes protein from animal sources. A lack of taurine in the diet can cause blindness, heart disease, and tooth decay. To prevent these and other diseases related to a deficiency in taurine, your pet must be fed a diet that is well balanced and includes the correct amount of taurine.

Our dry and wet cat food contains the correct percentages of the above ingredients, in addition to protein and fat. Keep your pet healthy with our different ranges of delicious cat food, which are recommended by vets in South Africa.

 

Sources:

Hoive, Dr. Jean. November 2013. Little Big Cat. “Fiber Facts”. Web accessed June 2018. http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/fiber-facts/

PetMD. “Taurine Deficiency in Cats”. Web accessed June 2018. https://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/cardiovascular/c_ct_taurine_deficiency?page=show

Tudor, Dr. Ken. June 2012. PetMD Blog – The Daily Vet. “Do Cats Need Fibre in Their Diets?” Web accessed June 2018. https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/ktudor/2012/june/do_cats_need_fiber_in_their_diet-25083

Veterinary & Biochemical Sciences Texas & AM University. February 2016. Pet Talk. “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease”. Web accessed June 2018. http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/feline-lower-urinary-tract-disease

 

 

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