Cats, or other pets, are not same as humans and therefore, they should not be treated and fed like them. Each cat breed has unique and special needs that have to be catered to. Certain details need to be kept in mind while feeding a feline, these details will be addressed in this article.
Before we get into more details, we will take you through what cats eat, their needs and their habits. This will help you understand ‘ what to feed your cat’ better.
A cat’s sense of taste is not highly developed. As a matter of fact cats have even fewer taste receptors than dogs. A dog has 1706 taste receptors while a cat has only 473!
While their tastebuds are not highly developed, cats can detect bitterness with great sensitivity than dogs. This allows them to recognize and avoid bitter tasting toxic elements. Salty flavours are as easily detected as sour flavours are.
Sweet taste is not easily detected by cats. This is due to certain acid taste receptors on the surface of the tongue that prevent them from getting any sweet taste. In the wild, cats eat up to 20 meals a day, even when domesticated, cats retain this habit. You should assess the daily portions and adapt it to your cat’s lifestyle and physiology in order to avoid any risk of obesity.
Different breeds have different feeding needs, and therefore they should be fed accordingly. For instance, Persians are the only breed with a flat jaw, and hence they can’t easily pick up food, resulting in messy feeding time. To support their special feeding needs, Royal Canin’s kibbles with a special size, shape and density make it easier for your cat to grasp food better.
No matter how well you feed your cat, he will always enjoy hunting which is beneficial activity for your cat’s health and well being.
Packaged or Homemade?
Giving cats the food we eat is not an appropriate diet. Cats require certain essential nutrients, but it is difficult to incorporate all these essential nutrients in your cat’s food when you’re cooking it at home. Royal Canin’s cat food contains all the essential nutrients and is suited according to the breed and age of your cat. Moreover, studies have shown that cats generally prefer processed food to homemade food.
Misconceptions about feeding ratified!
The very popular misconception about cats is that they should be given milk as a meal. Contrary to popular belief, cats are actually lactose intolerant. Only kittens can digest milk, adult cats cannot.
Unlike we see in movies and cartoons, cats do not prefer fish to meat. In comparison to dogs, cats are strict carnivores but they still need other food besides meat.
Meat especially beef has many benefits in store for your cat. Meat (especially beef) contains certain amino acids that prevent excessive fur loss, brittle appearance and slow regrowth of hair.
Cats are at extremes when it comes to the texture of the food. They prefer extremely moist foods, as pieces of food rather than mousse, as well as very dry foods.
Smell plays a very important role in determining the kind of food your cat will eat. Their desire to eat the food is stimulated by their acute sense of smell.
Healthy eating makes for a healthy cat! So, begin now!