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At Just Cats we work with you to develop a balanced nutritional diet for your cat.
Nutrition is a very important aspect in your cat’s health. Because cats are true carnivores we are more concerned with protein levels than calories. We also recommend feeding grain free foods. Cats cannot easily digest grain products causing stomach upset. It is a good idea to feed both canned food and dry food to your cat. We recommend feeding more canned than dry though because canned food is higher in protein and has fewer carbohydrates than dry food. After lengthy testing and research, the American Association of Feline Practitioners is recommending canned food for cats. The water content dilutes toxins, so the kidneys don’t need to work as hard to eliminate them. Canned food may be easier on a cat’s digestive system and thus lessen regurgitation and vomiting. Also, weight control is an issue for many cats, and canned food has been shown to assist with weight loss.
It is especially important that kittens/young cats be offered some of both as they develop food aversions at a young age. They should be exposed to both types so if medically needed a canned only or dry only diet is possible down the road.
Benefits of canned food
1. Better hair coat
2. Better weight control
3. Increased water in the canned food decreases amount of urinary crystal formation.
4. Better blood sugar regulation- Canned food can decrease or completely eliminate insulin requirements in cats.
5. There is no scientific evidence that dry food is better for teeth.
Benefits of Dry food
1. Can help to increase weight in under weight cats.
2. Helps cats with soft stools or diarrhea have a more formed stool.
Feeding amounts vary with every cat. Just like every human’s food consumption is different, every cat’s food consumption need is different as well. Ask your veterinarian at Just Cats if you are concerned with feeding amounts.