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The Basics of Getting Your Cat’s Diet in Line

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Cat food is a convenient solution, but is it the only choice your cat has? Not at all, because with the help of some online research and the vet’s advice, you can essentially create a diet for your favorite feline buddy that will make regular cat food an optional choice. However, not everything you read online is good advice and therefore it is important to get your facts straight before you serve up the new diet to your kitty. On that note, here are the basics of a feline diet that every cat person should know by heart.

Animal Protein

As human beings, we can go vegan if we want to because our systems can handle it when provided with the appropriate supplements to make up for the deficit in animal protein. However, cats do not have that option and their systems compel them to depend on animal protein for everything from maintaining proper pH balance in the body, to the manufacturing and upkeeping of antibodies, hormones, essential enzymes, tissues, etc. For this reason, you should provide them with the protein directly from raw and fresh fish, chicken/turkey, and lamb.

Fat

Fats are essential for cats as the fatty acids serve to provide kitties with energy and help in nutrient transportation across cell membranes. Fat availability in the daily diet is necessary for optimum neural health. Fatty acids are also necessary for cats to have properly functioning immune systems, to help facilitate vitamin absorption, and reduce inflammations throughout the body. The best sources of essential fatty acids (linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, etc.) are fish, poultry, beef, pork, and flaxseed.

Supplements

Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K are all required to ensure feline growth and regulation of the metabolism, but it may not always be possible to provide your cat with sufficient vitamins through natural food sources only. The same goes for essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, etc. as well, which are required for vital functions such as producing enzymes, maintaining pH balance, utilizing nutrients, absorption of the available nutrients, and oxygen transfer among others. These are just some of the many other additional elements that the feline body needs to be in prime condition and that is where Canna Companion pet products come in, along with other, specialized vitamin and mineral based supplements that your vet will recommend. The supplements provide your pets with the extra boost they need to maintain a strong immunity, healthy body functions, and an active nervous system.

Water

Even we need water to survive, but when it comes to cats, the need must be understood first. As cats are carnivores that are supposed to survive in nature on raw, bloody meat (yes, that’s fact!), they face a serious issue as pets. While most animals and humans will drink water automatically if they sense dehydration, cats do not do so because they are genetically programmed to take in most of their hydration from the food itself. This means that they will not drink enough water, even when they need to, resulting in dehydration. As we are talking about raw food sources here, this should not be too much of a problem, but even then, you should have multiple easily reachable water sources for your cat to drink from, both inside and outside the house. If they are on dry cat food only though, the need is urgent.

So, is it time you changed your cat’s diet?


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