The benefits of canned cat food in a cat's diet
are quite significant. “By and large, the canned food is going to have
more meat, more protein from animals,” Dr. Pierson says. A balanced and nutritious
food is essential for your cat's health. Here are the reasons why cat owners should consider supplementing a
cat's diet with wet food.
Cats are carnivores. This means that they must get the majority of their nutrition from meat and protein. While purchasing canned cat food, make sure that the majority of the protein comes from animal sources. Other sources of protein, such as plants, are deficient in many of the necessary amino acids required by your cat.
Protein help cats to produce amino acids, which help the body grow, create cells and regulate normal bodily functions. Protein deficiency can lead to: loss of appetite, weight loss, dull coat and skin, lethargy, poor immune system, and increased rate of illness and infections.
Dried cat food is
heavy in protein, but not heavy enough. Dried cat food is, on average,
comprised of about 33% protein. Canned food is comprised of 40-60% pure
The most important nutrient of all is water. Canned food is also called wet food, and it contains about 75 to 80% moisture, which is considerably higher than the 5 to 10% in dry cat food (kibbles). Cats that eat only dry food may not be getting sufficient levels of hydration. Poor hydration over time can lead to kidney disease and urinary tract infection.
Canned food has a much higher
moisture content formula, which can help cats to keep their hydration levels
closer to normal. Please note, wet food does not replace fresh water, so make
sure your cat gets fresh water as well.
Wet food has a lesser amount of
carbohydrates, which is more efficient in providing nutrition to the cat. However,
if you are feeding your cat a diet consisting entirely of wet food, be sure to
follow the manufacturer instructions. This will help to decrease the chances of
your cat to become overweight.
Canned cat food provides
more protein, more hydration, more palatable flavor and fewer carbohydrates than
dry cat food. While dry food can be convenient and nutritious, owners should
not deprive cats of wet food entirely.
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