Why is it essential to choose a healthy diet for your cat?
A quality food is one that meets your cat’s nutritional needs to keep him healthy. A high proportion of animal protein, a low amount of carbohydrates and ingredients of vegetable origin: this is what the right diet for your little companion boils down to.
Respect your carnivorous nature
The cat has retained its hunting instinct. This great explorer can jump more than 1.80 meters and run at 50km/h to catch his prey! Its digestive system has changed little and is specially adapted to this carnivorous diet. For physiological reasons, the cat’s diet must be rich in protein, which allows it to produce the energy it needs on a daily basis and stay in top shape. His body is not able to store them to use them when they are scarce. This is why a protein deficiency can quickly set in in a cat and weaken its immune defenses when the contents of its bowl are unbalanced. Frequent disorders such as hair loss, eczema, diarrhea can then arise.
As we will see later, cats are of course not all the same, just like human beings, and a new approach is gradually taking shape with custom-made food or kibble for your cat. We then speak of a personalized diet that allows you to better meet the real needs of your companion.
A cat full of vitality
A healthy diet provides unsaturated fatty acids, such as omega 3 and 6, essential for cat survival. For your feline to benefit, these lipids must come from animal sources. They help limit inflammatory processes and optimize both brain and physical performance, which is all the more important in an aging cat. They improve the kitten’s learning abilities by stimulating the maturation of the nervous system as well as vision. Quality food is also rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids of animal origin. It contains in particular taurine which promotes the good digestion of fats. A prolonged deficiency exposes you to heart problems, growth problems, sterility or even blindness.
The cat, like humans, does not need carbohydrates to survive because the body already synthesizes glucose molecules from amino acids from digested proteins. However, a low intake of digestive carbohydrates, in other words fiber, remains useful for regulating intestinal activity. As for digestible carbohydrates, their role is limited to providing energy to the cat. But in too large quantities, these sugars are stored in the form of fat, which can lead to overweight but also cause digestive disorders. In the wild, the cat mainly ingests carbohydrates contained in the stomach of its prey. These are generally cereals and plants, which rarely exceed 5% of its food bolus. Beyond that, your little hairball may suffer from overweight. The consequences can be serious: osteoarthritis, diabetes, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, dental problems, high blood pressure, stress, difficulty washing… In this context, obesity considerably reduces the life expectancy of your little companion. It is therefore essential to choose healthy foods to keep your cat by your side for many years!
The best way to offer the right food for your cat is to check certain criteria. Make sure fresh meat remains the main ingredient. Plants, such as vegetables and cereals, must be clearly displayed. The packaging must also specify the content of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and lipids for complete transparency.