Cat food: 6 mistakes about cat nutrition

When it comes to cat food and cat nutrition, there are many assumptions and wisdom that are not necessarily all correct. We have listed six of these errors for you here. This pretty red kitty obviously tastes good on her cat food - Shutterstock / DavidTB

Most cat lovers now know that dog food does not belong in the cat's bowl and that cow's milk has no place in the daily cat diet. But did you also know that canned cat food is not necessarily worse than home-cooked food? Or that the furrows don't just eat out of hunger?

1st mistake: cats do not necessarily need meat

The short answer to the question of whether cats really need meat is yes. A vegetarian or vegan cat diet is not appropriate for the species. Cats are predators and carnivores, which can be seen very well in their teeth. They are not omnivores like humans who can actually do well without meat. Cats also need a lot more high quality animal protein than dogs, for example. Fish can also not completely replace the meat needs of cats, but it can be an occasional supplement - well cooked or as a ready-made food. However, the reverse case that cats only need meat is also a mistake. Certain minerals and other nutrients, for example, need to be added to the barf.

2nd error: A lot helps a lot with dietary supplements

If you add food supplements to your cat's cat food, you should discuss the dosage with your veterinarian beforehand. So-called complete food for cats contains all the nutrients that a healthy cat needs. Too many nutrients from dietary supplements are not healthy because they can be harmful in some cases or because of the increased amount of calories, they can lead to obesity. Only if your cat is sick or suffers from nutritional deficiencies due to allergies or signs of aging, supplements are recommended after consultation with the veterinarian.

3. Error: Miez knows intuitively how much cat food she needs

Our kitties also have a distinction between appetite and hunger. This means that unfortunately they do not intuitively know how much cat food they need and therefore sometimes eat more than is good for them. A constantly filled bowl is a great temptation for cats and sometimes they feed on it even though they are not hungry, for example because they are bored. The result can also be overweight here. To prevent this, it is best to get your fur nose used to fixed meal times and make sure that you keep to a certain daily ration. Velvet paws get their daily needs best in several, small portions, because then they can better utilize the cat food and digest it more easily. Long periods of hunger and the swallowing of large amounts of food at the same time are not good for the tiger.

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4. Error: Cats want variety in the bowl

Variety is particularly important in human nutrition, but far less relevant in cat nutrition. The high-quality cat food and the right, appropriately designed bark contain all the nutrients that our house tigers need. Too much variety can lead to the velvet paws getting used to constantly finding new taste experiences in their bowl. If there is then the same cat food for a long time in a row, the "spoiled" gourmet kitty can react with a flaw. In addition, the interesting new taste experiences entice your fur nose to eat more than they need, so that it increases in the long run. Only with young kittens can it make sense to introduce them to different varieties if you switch kittens to solid food. It should always be a special kitten food. Otherwise it can happen that the kitten stiffens to a type of food and later - if a change in food becomes necessary in old age, in the case of illness or an allergy - does not accept anything else.

5. Error: raw feeding is always the best cat food

Homemade cat food and perch - i.e. raw feeding - is basically the best cat food? Unfortunately, this is not true, because here too there are some things that can be done wrong. Our pets need a very special nutrient composition. This is a science in itself and requires a lot of expertise to design it appropriately. If you absolutely want to feed your fur nose with raw meat or home-cooked meals, coordinate this with your veterinarian and read the necessary specialist knowledge beforehand. You can find a first overview in our guide "Healthy cat nutrition in nature: prey mouse".

Important note on raw feeding: Never use raw pork, your cat could get the fatal Aujeszky disease. Raw poultry is also not recommended due to the risk of salmonella. You can feed other types of meat raw if you pay careful attention to hygiene and complete compliance with the cold chain before they end up in the bowl.

6. Fallacy: Ready food is bad for cats

Canned cat food is often wrongly demonized. High-quality ready-to-eat feed, which is labeled as a complete feed, satisfies your cat's nutritional needs and does not have to be worse than home-cooked food. By the way, cheap cat food from the supermarket or from the discounter does not necessarily have to be inferior and expensive products are not automatically the best for cat nutrition. Before buying, take a look at the label and the list of ingredients: the meat content should be high and the type of meat should be precisely named. In addition, cats need high-quality fats (these should also be listed specifically and not generally as "oils and fats") and taurine. The carbohydrate content should be as low as possible, sugar (as well as glucose, molasses, fructose and Co.) has no place in the cat food. Beware of vague names like "animal by-products"; Ingredients that contain the term "products" are usually cheap fillers and are unnecessary for cat nutrition. E numbers on the label refer to artificial additives and are also dispensable.