Like humans, cats need a balanced diet full of essential nutrients in order to be healthy. There are many different types of cat foods on the market and they all suggest different benefits, from cat foods meant specifically for indoor cats to cat foods with added protein, there is no shortage of variety in this department.
Diet Recommendations from a Veterinarian
Dr. O’Donnell of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic reminds us that cats are carnivores and owners must remember that. Dr. O’Donnell adds “They (cats) have very particular needs when it comes to nutrition and feeding practices. A wild cat would have only eaten small rodents, birds, or the occasional lizard, but domestic cats have developed a sensitive digestive tract that can react to other protein sources. For this reason, I recommend the feeding of only poultry (chicken, turkey, or duck) or possibly rabbit proteins. I don’t recommend the feeding of beef, lamb, or fish proteins, as they can stimulate an inflammatory response that could lead to chronic vomiting or diarrhea.“
Cats have much different dietary needs in comparison to humans and even dogs. This is important to note because it is not uncommon for pet owners to treat their dogs and cats as one in the same. Though dogs can eat a variety of foods and remain as healthy and happy as ever, cats cannot eat the same.
Is Dog Food Harmful to my Cat?
Dog food can be extremely harmful to cats if continuously eaten over time. This is due to the carbohydrates that are loaded in dog foods that cats cannot easily process. Dr. O’Donnell reminds us that “wild cats would not have eaten much in the way of carbohydrates, so keeping their carb intake low (less than 10%) helps them maintain a healthier body weight.”
Need More Advice? Get it from the Vets at Avon Lake Pet Health Campus
With a team of 11 veterinarians, combined with a superior support staff, Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers a complete solution for your pet’s care, and can help you decide what products and tactics are best for your pet’s needs. A full service AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited animal hospital located in the Cleveland area, we care for many species including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, birds, reptiles and other non-traditional species.