Overview of Cat Nutrition
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require a diet that is high in protein and fat, but low in carbohydrates. While many people assume that cats can survive on just any type of food, this is not the case. Cats need specific nutrients to stay healthy, so it’s important to understand what cats should and shouldn’t eat.
What Do Cats Eat?
A healthy cat diet should be made up mostly of animal-based proteins such as chicken, turkey, beef or fish. It’s best to opt for high-quality proteins that are specifically formulated for cats. You can also supplement your cat’s diet with cooked eggs and small amounts of cheese or yogurt. In terms of carbohydrates, you can offer your cat some whole grains such as brown rice or oats; however these should only comprise a small amount of their overall dietary intake (10% maximum). When it comes to vegetables and fruits, you can give your cat cooked broccoli florets or spinach leaves as well as apples or bananas in moderation (no more than one tablespoon per day).
In addition to their regular food source, most cats enjoy treats from time to time – look for crunchy kibble snacks that contain no additives or preservatives for safe consumption. Avoid giving them dairy products like milk since adult cats are unable to properly digest lactose found in cow’s milk products (although kitten formulas do typically contain some dairy components).
Types Of Foods To Avoid
Just like humans need balanced diets with appropriate foods according to our needs so do animals! There are certain types of foods which could prove harmful if given too often: fatty meats such as pork bacon; processed convenience meals/canned goods containing fillers; salty/sugary snacks including chips & cookies; raw salmon/fish due its potential tapeworm content; raw eggs due its possible salmonella presence; garlic & onions which may cause anemia over time…etc. Be sure when feeding your pet anything out side the normal routine meal plan it is done so sparingly & appropriately!
Providing the right nutrition for your pet is essential for optimal health throughout life! Understanding what do cats eat will help ensure you provide them with a balanced meal plan tailored towards their individual needs – always consult with a qualified veterinarian before making changes to their diet regimen if necessary