In this video, Dr. Louise Murray from the ASPCA explains what makes a healthy cat diet. Ideally your cat should be getting their fix of protein, fat, carbs, minerals, vitamins and plenty of water. High quality commercial cat food usually has everything a cat needs and will be labeled “Complete” or “Balanced.”
While most cats require the same kind of ingredients, individual diet needs can vary and are based on age, breed, gender, energy level, environment, and current medical condition. And remember, while they are part of the family; do not feed them the same foods you eat! It is unhealthy in both the short-term and long-term, as they will begin to crave these foods that do not have the proper nutrients.
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