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Nutrition in cats dry food and homemade food

Understanding the nutritional needs of the cat – do we confidently rely on pet food, on croquettes and various cans always more appetizing?

Nutrition in cats dry food and homemade food

Some personal considerations about feline nutrition!

Without doubt the best choice, if we know the guidelines to follow, is to prepare homemade food for our cat with fresh food integrated with amino acids, vitamins, minerals and a small amount of fiber.

It is a tough battle for pet food industries succeed at including vitamins, minerals and amino acids

Some vitamins and amino acids are thermosensitive, they are destroyed at high temperatures and with the process of refining



Proteins provide essential amino acids and are necessary for the production of antibodies, enzymes, in order to develop the immune system and to provide energy.


Vegetable proteins, legumes, soy, cereals do not provide any nutrients to the cat

Never feed the cat with vegan cans, you seriously risk to affect his/her health


Cats can properly metabolize ONLY fats of animal origin.

We talked about this in the article omega-3s, cats must eat meat to get arachidonic acid. Unlike dogs, cats do not convert efficiently fatty acids of vegetable origin.


Contribute to the formation of enzymes, improve the transport of oxygen and are present in bone and muscle tissue. The most important minerals are calcium, chloride, copper, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur, and zinc.


Even vitamins are essential for cats

They are divided in fat-soluble and water-soluble

Fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, K

Water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C

Nutrition in cats dry food and homemade food


The water consumption is underestimated especially when the cat is feed dry food, this can lead to health problems such as calculi, dehydration, urinary infections, organic dysfunction

Cats in nature obtain at least 70% of water from the prey

Croquettes provide only 10% of moisture

Cats that are fed only dry food live in a state of almost chronic dehydration, in this state it is not difficult to develop internal organs diseases


Carbohydrates: corn, cereals, wheat, rice, soy are only source of inflammation and disease

Nutrition in cats dry food and homemade food


Certainly for cat’s health is preferable to choose wet food integrated with vitamins and amino acids

1. Talk with your veterinarian about your cat’s nutrition and read always the ingredients written on the packaging

2. Verify if you are feeding your cat with COMPLETE OR COMPLEMENTARY food

3. If possible avoid wet food added with rice

4. Try to reduce significantly dry food (croquettes)

If you want to preserve the health of your cat you can prepare homemade food adding vitamins and supplements to prevent nutritional deficiency.

In fact it is not enough provide an undercooked chicken breast and vegetables, you risk to create problems for the health of your cat

Those who decide to prepare homemade food has to integrate with

  • Taurine
  • Vitamins
  • Essential amino acids
  • Omega-3s (of animal origin)
  • Mineral salts

The matter is very different if you feed the cat providing real preys!

Nutrition in cats dry food and homemade food


  • Full control of the ingredients
  • Total elimination of additives and preservatives
  • Possibility to choose the preferred source of protein, which is important if you need to give only one type of protein due to a food intolerance
  • Add vegetables according to its nutritional properties
  • Choice of integrations to be performed
  • Saving


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