Posts Tagged‘cat nutrition’

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An interesting survey called the “Pet Parent Purrception Survey” commissioned by 9Lives is aimed to find out if American cat owners are feeding their cats the most nutritious meals possible. 94 percent of Americans believe that their cats are on a healthy and nutritious diet. However, the survey reveals that many of these cat owners have missed the mark when it comes to good feline nutrition.

Table scraps – they can cause quick weight gain and have very little essential nutrients necessary for your cats.

48 percent of cat owners admitted to feeding their cats table scraps on an average of seven times a month. The interesting finding is that men are more likely to feed table scraps to cats than women.

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Cat: "nom nom nom.." Dog: "That's mah fud..."

Should cats eat dog food? Many people wonder about this question since many cat owners also have dogs. There are a few reasons why cat owners consider feeding their cats dog food:

1. Dog food is usually significantly cheaper than cat food.

2. Many cat owners have seen their cats stealing dog food and are confused if the food is right for their cats.

3. Dog treats come in more varieties and are usually readily available at most stores. Certain cat treats such as dental treats may not always be available at some stores.

Corn has been a controversial ingredient in cat food for as long as I can remember. Do cats need corn? Why is corn a common ingredient used by so many pet food companies?

Before we start let’s look at cats’ digestive system. Cats have a much shorter digestive tract than humans, dogs and many other mammals. Food only stays in their system for a few hours compared to 24 hours for humans. Their digestive system is designed to consume a smaller amount of food that is highly dense and packed with energy, vitamins, minerals and so forth.