Feline Nutrition

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Good feline nutrition for your cat is the foundation of its good health. Commercial pet foods are advertised as offering balanced feline nutrition. They are bought by people who believe such marketing. But the truth is a bit different. The pet food market is driven, unfortunately, by considerations other than what is best for the health and well-being of our pets.

What to Know about Feline Nutrition

Several thousand years or more in the company of humans has not changed the fact that cats are carnivores. We have domesticated them, become their friends and caretakers, but have not changed their digestive systems or their dietary needs. Feline nutrition is in our hands because we are now, in essence, the hunters for them.

Not only are vegetables not good for them, but a long-term study in the mid-20th century demonstrated that a diet based on raw meat was overwhelmingly more beneficial than one based on cooked meat. We need to provide our cats with a diet that offers them the most in feline nutrition.

Intestinal parasites may be a natural part of life, but they are not one to have in your cat's life and not one that contributes to feline nutrition. The most common include tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms, salmonella and E coli, trichinella, and toxoplasma gondii. To guard against these hazards to feline nutrition, a few precautions: exclude pork from your cat's diet, have your cat checked for parasites every six months, keep all frozen food below -150 degrees C for at least 20 days, clean litter boxes often and thoroughly, and practice good hygiene.

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