What I Learned About Cat Nutrition
I know I put a lot of thought into the foods I buy to feed my family. In the past, however, I’ve been guilty of not putting as much thought into what I feed my two cats. Before I tried Petcurean Cat Food, I would just pick up a bag of cat food at the grocery without really looking at what I was buying. I never really gave it a second thought. I just picked up a bag and put it in my cart and continued shopping. I was naive in thinking that all cat food was the same because it really isn’t. Over the past couple months, I’ve learned a lot about cat nutrition and the importance of feeding my cats a high quality cat food with real food ingredients and no artificial fillers.
My cats’ veterinarian always asks what brand of cat food I’m feeding Princess and Misty on each visit. The last time I was in I asked her why she asked that question and was told that the food you feed your cat does play a major role in their well-being. It makes sense though. The food we as people eat affects our health and the same thing applies to pets.
I consider Princess and Misty to be part of the family. That’s one reason why I’ve switched to Petcurean for their cat food. I want them to have a premium quality food that they enjoy. Petcurean Pet Food is nutrient rich and contains real food ingredients like meats, veggies, fruits and berries. They don’t use any artificial preservatives, growth hormones or by-products.
Petcurean has a few different types of cat food to choose from depending on your cat’s needs. Try their Interactive Food Selector to see which food is right for your pet. For Princess, it recommended she try the GO! FIT + FREE Grain Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Recipe. She’s a little overweight although I think it’s slowly coming off! Misty is my sensitive kitty. Just like her personality, her stomach is a wee bit sensitive too. The Interactive Food Selector recommended GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE™ Freshwater Trout + Salmon Recipe which is specifically formulated for cats with food sensitivities or specific dietary needs. It’s a pretty neat tool…try it out and see what it recommends for your cat (or dog).
I had the opportunity to interview Michele Dixon, Petcurean’s Pet Nutritionist, and ask her a few questions about cats & nutrition. These were things I was curious to know.
1. Can cats have food allergies? If so, what types of food could they be allergic to?
Food allergies and sensitivities occur in dogs much more frequently than then occur in cats. This issue can occur based on exposure to a protein source, whether it is a grain or a meat. Typically these are proteins that have been used historically in pet food over the years.
2. Do cats need to take vitamins or nutritional supplements?
Supplementing vitamins or minerals should only be done on the advice of a veterinarian, as over supplementation may occur.
3. I take probiotics for my digestive health. Should cats take a probiotic?
Current evidence indicates that probiotics are most likely to be helpful in resolving or preventing feline diarrhea associated with dietary indiscretion, medication, stress, certain GI infections, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal bacterial overgrowth, maldigestion, and malabsorption.
4. What’s the difference between a probiotic and a prebiotic?
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that live in the GI tract, prebiotics are non-digestible fiber that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Used together they form a symbiotic relationship.
5. How many times should my cat eat each day? Is it best to take the food dish away when they are finished or leave it out for them?
Cats are best fed free choice in order to promote a healthy urinary tract. At a minimum they should be fed twice a day, and in the case of overweight cats, feeding should be monitored.
6. When selecting a cat food, what types of things should I be looking for (ie related to nutrition, ingredients, etc)?
• Fresh meat or named meat meals as first ingredients
• No by products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives
• Omega oils for healthy skin and coat
• Nutrient density of food
• Ingredients that promote a healthy urinary tract
Petcurean has a more detailed look at cat’s health and nutrition on their website. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to check it out. I found it very interesting and learned quite a bit about the important role food plays in a cat’s health.
I’m also hosting a holiday giveaway for a two month supply of Petcurean Pet Food. Not only do they have cat food, but they also have dog food too!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.