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Feeding cats the wrong foods can cause serious health problems. It is important to ensure that your cat's diet is balanced and contains all the required vitamins and minerals. Cats require a balanced diet containing nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.


Important nutrients for your cat include amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals. Choose cat containing these nutrient and don’t forget the most important nutrient is water


Proteins are made up of amino acids and these amino acids are the building blocks your cat uses to make muscle, hair, skin and enzymes. Cats have a unique need for the amino acid taurine, which is only found in animal, poultry, fish and their by-products. Choose food with just the right mix of animal and plant proteins to provide the optimal mix of amino acids.


The carbohydrates found in pet foods usually come from plant sources like corn, rice, wheat, sorghum, barley and oats. While not absolutely necessary, carbohydrates are usually found in most pet foods because they are an excellent source of energy. Cooked carbohydrates from the grains listed above are readily available to cats. While rice is usually considered the most digestible grain, the others listed above are all readily available to the pet.


Fats have three important roles in your cat’s diet.

  1. They provide energy, and there is more than twice the amount of energy in an ounce of fat than an ounce of protein or carbohydrate.
  2. They help in making the food more palatable, as long as the fat is of high quality and is properly protected from spoilage.
  3. Fats provide essential fatty acids to the pet, which they need for a healthy skin and shiny coat.