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Cat Food

Cats are strictly carnivores and differ from dogs in their nutritional requirements.  As such, they need animal-based proteins, such as meat and less of the vegetables or plant-based proteins. 

Dry cat food is often more plant-based whilst wet cat food is more animal-based so a cat will need a balance for a healthy diet.

Types of food

There are three types of cat food available in the pet food industry:

  • Dry or kibble cat food - usually found in bags or boxes, but contains only 3-10% of water.  
  • Wet cat food - usually sold in cans or pouches which contain around 60-80% water. Contains more protein, fat and water than other types of cat food and is more palatable.
  • Semi-moist/pouch cat food - similar to dry or kibble food but has a higher water content, usually up to 35%. Usually sourced in pouches but can be found in bigger bags.

Benefits of cat food

The benefits of feeding your cat wet food:

  • Lower in carbohydrates than dry or semi-moist cat food
  • High in protein content and very digestible
  • Lower in calories
  • High water content to help increase their water intake
  • Easy to store in a cool, dry place.  Once opened, refrigerate and use within 24 hours

The benefits of feeding your cat dry food:

  • Convenient to use and easy to store in a cool, dry place
  • Low in moisture and can be left out for cats to eat freely
  • Higher in energy nutrients than wet or semi-moist cat food
  • Dental health benefits

Benefits of feeding your cat semi-moist food:

  • Convenient to use and easy to store in a cool, dry place
  • More palatable than dry cat food
  • Higher water content than dry cat food
  • Dental health benefits

Choosing the right cat food

  • Ensure the cat food you select is right for your pet’s age, whether kitten, adult or senior
  • The food for your cat should contain the right nutritional needs depending on protein, calories and digestibility
  • Avoid fillers such as wheat, rice, colourings, sugars, flavours and artificial preservatives
  • Ensure the cat food you select is of a high quality and add variety to the cat’s diet
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