Cat Food & Treats
Cat Food & Treats
Selecting the right cat food and treats
Feeding cats can be as tricky as herding them. Kitties are notoriously picky eaters. Choosing the right food for indoor or outdoor cats, activity levels, and nutrition needs for each stage of life is a lot to consider. Cat food comes in many varieties, and each one has its set of benefits. You can find everything you need for your cat’s nutritional needs here.
Picking food that’s right for your cat
The right kind of food is one that your cat will eat and love. Cats are also prone to obesity, which is one of the biggest health concerns for kitties. If you are a cat lover with a few feline friends in your household, feeding time is even more challenging. Don’t worry, mealtime doesn’t need to be a hassle. There are a number of options for cat parents.
All dry food is easy for cats who like to nibble. Since it’s shelf-stable, dry food can be left in the bowl longer so your cat can graze. Since dry food doesn’t contain moisture, keep a fresh bowl of water available for your kitty at all times. Benefits of dry food:
Dry cat food comes in many varieties, from general nutrition, to gluten-free, to natural and holistic.
You can find options with limited ingredients and many flavours.
For humans, dry cat food is odourless and easily stored.
Wet cat food is typically lower in carbohydrates than dry food, which might be a good choice since cats metabolize carbohydrates differently than dogs or humans, and they’re prone to more concentrated urine. Some considerations when feeding wet food include:
Wet food can be beneficial for cats with urinary tract issues.
Higher protein content in wet cat food promotes strong muscles for better climbing as young kitties, and supports health in senior cats who might lose some muscle mass.
It might not be as well-known as traditional dry or wet food, but that doesn’t mean freeze-dried food can’t work for your cat. If you’ve been curious about raw food trends but are hesitant to give up the fuss-free benefits of dry food, it might be time to give freeze-dried cat food a try.
The process of transforming raw food by sucking moisture out at low temperatures maintains the integrity of vitamins and minerals.
Your kitty gets all those nutrients in freeze-dried food. And, since it can be served as a meal or a treat, freeze-dried food can be enjoyed even after dinner.
Air drying slowly and gently preserves raw food while eliminating harmful pathogens. This artisanal technique naturally evaporates moisture, reducing volume while concentrating nutrition. Does this sound like something your kitty would love? Air-dried cat food might be a good choice.
Raw food is a popular choice for even the most finicky of felines. Frozen raw cat food is great for cats that need nutrient-dense organ meat in their diet, and can even help soften stool with extra water content.
Freezing preserves all the yummy raw food flavours including pure pork, rabbit, turkey, salmon, and more exotic choices like kangaroo.
Many raw food varieties don’t contain fruit or vegetables, which is ideal for cat parents who would rather mix those ingredients into cat diets occasionally with food toppers.
When your cat’s feeding rituals become even more challenging due to aging, health concerns, or food sensitivities, consider cat food toppers and the following tips:
Supplemental feeding is a good idea for cats who start to refuse the regular menu.
Toppers come as dry nuggets, paste, and liquids—every texture your cat might crave—and can be served as appetizers or mixers with your cat’s favourite staple diet.
You might think there isn’t much to say about cat treats, since cats aren’t known for performing as many trainable tricks as dogs. However, there are plenty of cat treats like tuna flakes and venison sticks, which are rawhide chews designed for cats. And every kitty loves to indulge in catnip.