When feeding your cat, there are many things to consider. The first rule we like to educate our customers with is the importance of water in their cats diet. In order for cats to thrive, they must consume mainly meat and animal organs, this being where they naturally get their moisture. Being that cats don't voluntarily drink water as often as dogs will, it is super important to take into consideration the moisture content of your cat's food.
Cats have a strong natural prey drive. For example - a mouse contains 70% water, the moisture content of a canned food is typically around 78%, and dry kibble contains only 5-10% water.
Walking into Poudre Feed, you might find yourself overwhelmed at the wide assortment of cat food types we carry - from kibble and cans to frozen and freeze dried raw options, we have quite the options to choose from. Here is a quick guide to the good and the bad that goes into feeding your feline friends.
Raw (frozen & freeze dried)
- Being obligate carnivores, in a perfect world, we would all feed our cats a raw diet. Frozen raw meets the standards of feeding a biologically appropriate diet to our cats.
- • High in animal protein- up to 98% meat, organs and bone
- • Limited ingredients and grain free!
- • Frozen raw food contains 70% moisture
- • Low in carbohydrates
- • Picky eaters. My cats turn their noses away to a bowl of raw food.
- • Many people are turned off by the cost of feeding raw. While our frozen raw prices are cheaper than making it at home, feeding raw can be more costly than other options.
- Since cats are designed to get their water with their food, feeding canned food to cats is an easy way to maintain your kitty's health.
- • Moisture helps to maintain proper urinary tract health. When compared to feeding a dry only diet, cats will get twice the amount of water resulting in an increased amount of urine flow through the bladder.
- • Flavor variety for picky eaters
- • Easy to digest
- • Price and convenience of feeding cans can turn off customers who are used to feeding dry food.
- • The smell. From the cat's perspective, this could be considered a pro, but the often strong fishy aroma that fills the room might not be favorable to some pet owners.
- The most common choice of pet owners is feeding dry kibble. What most cat owners might not know, though, is that often times the biggest mistake people make is feeding cats solely dry diet since cats are designed to get water from their food.
- • The convenience of dry kibble from availability to easy feeding is the main reason pet owners choose to feed dry food.
- • Cost effective
- • Dry kibble when left out lasts longer than wet alternatives
- • Cats tend to gorge when they eat. As a result of this, when digesting, kibble will expand in the stomach causing digestion upset often leading to regurgitating.
- • Low moisture content in a dry only diet can lead to urinary tract disease
This is not a kibble shaming post. Finding the perfect balance in your cat's diet can be quite the task due to the picky tendencies of our feline friends. There are many brands of kibble that aim to meet the highest moisture and protein standards for your cats health. Our south store cat Princess Dorothy likes her Nulo kibble for breakfast, and a Fussie Cat can for dinner every night (with the occasional mouse for a snack in between!) Knowing how cats can be, our staff has seen it all and we are here to help!