Giving your pets the quality of life you expect for yourself is not too much to ask, while caring for an animal includes love and attention, and physical activity is not limited to those. Internal optimal workings are essential for a well-balanced lifestyle and can be the difference between a long-lasting lifespan and one that’s been cut short to inadequate nutrition and diet.
When we embark on a new adventure, whether it be the new spin class you signed up for at gym or trialing a different health kick we always do our research and homework into the topic to make sure we know all that there is to know. This should be no different when planning and deciding on meals for your pet and how to give them all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Grabbing a store-bought tin of cat food from the pantry is the easiest act to achieve, there is minimal effort, no thinking required because we trust that the manufacturers have done the leg work when it comes to the nutrients cats need, and we leave it at that.
But do we know what is in these tins? Are we giving our pets ‘diluted’ foods only half-filled with nourishment and the other half flavorings and preservatives? Do we take the time to read the packaging labels and see just what goes into the dinner you seem to heat up each evening monotonously?
More often than we would like to admit or look into further is the fact that most of these mass-produced tins and bags are filled with chemicals that have long-term side effects. And by the time we discover something is wrong that meal has long been forgotten about, we need to make a concerted effort to prepare healthier meals with natural and organic ingredients.
If you are finding yourself in this situation and wanting to make a change but not sure on how or where to start then take a moment to read some tips and advice here
on essentially deciphering labels on food tins, and moving forward you will have a better idea of what to steer clear of and what to avoid.
The time you take will not only benefit your furry family member physically and mentally but financially for you too. There is an old saying in the fashion industry which is quaintly suited here and that is, ‘It is better to shop less, but to shop well.’
Your cat needs its nutrient count, irrespective of the portion size, and if it is a quality product they will usually eat the correct amount, if a lesser quality product they could end up eating double what they should just to get the desired vitamins. This in itself has its negative attributes and should be avoided as much as possible.
Dry versus wet.
Some pet owners prefer to purchase only dry foods others only wet but in hindsight, a combination of the two is your best option, both complement and balance each other, and to create homeostasis in your pets’ digestive system both are a must.
Let’s take a quick look at what each of these brings to the table and this way you can conclude for yourself.
- Water. Wet foods provide the necessary water intake cats need but don’t necessarily make a point of drinking, they are prone to holding in their urine rather than visiting the water hole. This method offers both water and food sustainability.
- Weight. There is, unfortunately, such an issue known as feline obesity and this comes from ill-nutrition and a diet high in dry foods. Wet food is bulkier, this keeps them fuller for longer without all the added calories and is a key component in weight loss and maintenance in pets.
To learn more about animal obesity and signs or symptoms to keep an eye on click this link, you can find out about possible causes, the risks involved, and what to do if you think that your cat might be overweight.
- Constipation. A last note on wet foods is that it keeps the digestive tract open and prevents any clogging that could cause constipation and dehydration.
- Convenience. This is the main contributing factor as to why cat owners opt for dry foods, it’s quick and easy to use. In some instances, this may be called for because we know life can get busy at times, but it should not be the only go-to option.
- Stimulation. Believe it or not this fact goes hand-in-hand with mental stimulation, dry foods are best for self-feeding or rewards toys and thus keeps your pet entertained all the while giving them something to eat.
- Energy. Particularly thin cats or fussy eaters who only eat when they feel like it, they need as much energy as possible when they do decide to eat, this is easily achieved with dry foods which provide a denser food base.
Always opt for the best food source suited to your pet, be sure to better understand and read guides for cats where you can learn which products are better or worse for your feline determined by your breed of cat. No two cats are alike, taking the time to tailor meals to their nutritional needs will give them a longer, better life.
Pets have been domesticated and trained for centuries, and with modern advances, we have the opportunities to fine-tune their diets and meal plans and make the home a happy and safe place for them to grow up in.