3 reasons to feed her canned food every day
Cats aren’t hydrophobic by nature, in fact some like getting wet, but for some reason felines tend not to drink as much water as they should. Some say it’s because their ancestors came from deserts where the only available water source was from prey; after all, mammals’ bodies are 70% water.
Whatever the reason, ensuring your cat gets enough water in her diet is extremely important. Here’s how canned cat food can help.
1) More moisture
Dry food has about 6% to 10% water content compared to canned cat food, which has a high moisture content of 75% to 78% water, so it’s ideal for helping cats meet their daily hydration needs.Water is a universal life force. Cats who don’t get enough H2O can become chronically dehydrated, which can lead to frequent kidney problems and bladder disease where crystals and stones form in cats’ urine. Plus, they become prone to cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder.
If possible start when your cat’s a kitten by feeding premium canned food as part of her complete diet. Small kittens often can’t chew dry food easily because their teeth are tiny. Wet food is easier for them to eat and helps them get the proper nutrition they need for healthy growth.
Try feeding your kitten canned food twice a day in addition to her dry food. Of course, keep fresh water in a bowl by her food as well.
Naturally, always ask your veterinarian to recommend the right diet for your cat’s current age, condition and lifestyle.
Felines are obligate carnivores, which is just a fancy way of saying they must get most of their nutrition from meat and proteins. No wonder cats are attracted to food with strong meat or fat flavors.
In addition to more moisture content, premium wet cat food has a high protein content to satisfy your feline's natural cravings.
Meats and fish are important in your cat’s diet because protein deficiencies can lead to:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dull coat and skin
- Vaccination ineffectiveness
- Weak immune system
- Susceptibility to illness and infections
3) Diversity & appetite appeal
In the wild, cats hunt and eat meat from a wide variety of prey so it’s not surprising domesticated felines share that love of diversity when it comes to their food.
High-quality canned food lets you treat your cat to delicious cuts and flavorful varieties that help fight bowl boredom. A delectable assortment of protein-rich recipes and textures will appeal to your feline’s natural desire for a healthy variety of tempting meats and fish. That’s why it’s wise to expose your cat to different foods and textures early so they don’t become overly finicky later in life, and wet cat food gives you that option. If cats are fed one food over and over, they may depend on that food and refuse to eat any other. Now you have a picky eater on your hands, which can cause problems if dietary changes become necessary for health reasons, or the specific food is no longer available.
More moisture, more protein, more variety. No wonder The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends feeding cats wet food throughout their lives.