Dog and Cat Nutrition
Improper nutrition can lead to poor health, fertility problems, lack of immunity, an absence of liveliness and a decreased life span in the cat. However too many nutrients can cause our pets to be overweight. This is why knowing the correct amount of nutrients in food can make such a big difference to our pet’s health and wellbeing. Food selection should be made based on the pet’s breed, age, and health and lifestyle status. A highly active dog or cat requires more protein and energy consumption in comparison to the inactive or less active dog or cat who requires more fiber and less energy. Same goes for the pregnant, lactating or younger dogs or cats who requires more protein, energy, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; whereas the older dog or cat needs more fiber, vitamins, minerals and energy.
Choosing the right food for your pet can seem overwhelming considering how many options you have to choose from. There’s the choice of home-made food, canned food, semi-moist food and dry food. Regardless of which type of food you decide to choose; as your pet progresses through different life stages, additional choices will have to be made to continue great health.
Home Made Food – Fresh and you know exactly what you are feeding to your pet. However without properly measuring out ingredients we are unsure of how many nutrients your pet is getting. Home-made food can also encourage your pet to be a fussy eater and ingredients can also be expensive.
Canned Food – Palatable and offers a balanced diet, however it can be bulky to store, expensive and have a high water content.
Semi-Moist Food – Palatable and come in individual sachets however they can be expensive.
Dry Food – Offers a balanced diet, more economical and can assist with dental hygiene. However they are less palatable.
A Break Down on Nutrition for Cats
Cats are carnivores and get their protein intake mainly from meat, fish and other animal products. They find animal based proteins easier to digest than plant-based ones. Their protein requirement is also higher than a dogs. If protein is in lower quantities or not available at all the cat’s body begins to break away protein from its own muscles. Cats also need more amino acids then that of the dog. They need taurine which helps with their reproduction, growth and development along with Vitamin A and certain fatty acids. Cats cannot make taurine themselves which is why it is necessary for it to be supplemented into their diets. These specific nutritional requirements especially taurine are not readily found in dog foods. This is why it is so important for cats to not be fed dog food. Cats need cat food that include their specific nutritional requirements! Commercial brand cat foods supplement the food with taurine to ensure adequate levels are being supplied to the cat.
Please give us a call to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs. We will tailor a diet specifically for your pet that will give them the optimum quality and length of life.
Remember, you are what you eat, and so is your pet!