Articles – Feeding Cats

Feeding Cats

Cats are not small dogs, they have very specific nutritional and feeding requirements. Cats are obligate carnivores, therefore they need to eat animal protein.

  • This is because cats need a direct source of vitamin A, which is found in animal tissue.
  • They also are unable to synthesise taurine (an amino acid) so they need to get it from their diet, again this is found in animal tissue.
  • Cats also require a much higher level of protein (+/-35%) than dogs (+/- 20%) because animal tissue is high in protein.
  • Cats will use protein as an energy source even if there is not enough for growth and maintenance of their body.
  • This can lead to problems if the cats diet is low in protein. 

Bon appetit

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