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Cats and Their Nutritional Needs

Cats and Their Nutritional Needs

Even when lounging near a sunny window for hours on end, your cat is burning energy—lots of energy. In fact, your lap cat needs more energy producing nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates than most dogs in order to stay healthy and active. A proper diet is essential to your cat's health and well-being.

Here are a few helpful hints:

  • You can switch your cat to an adult cat food at age one.
  • As cats reach adulthood, their nutritional needs change, so be sure to adjust their food accordingly.
  • When you switch to a new food, make the change gradually. Over a two-week period, mix in more and more of the new food as you decrease the amount of your cat's original food.
  • Older cats need less protein and fat, and fewer calories than kittens.
  • You can choose from Natural, Advanced or Essential cat food brands. Your pet store’s Certified Nutrition Expert can help you choose the formula that best suits the specific needs of your cat.
  • Cats are carnivores and should not be fed a vegetarian diet.
  • Water is very important for your cats diet. In addition to providing a constant supply of fresh water, wet foods that supplement dry kibble are available in trays, cans and pouches.
  • Pick a premium food formulated for your cat. Certified Nutrition Experts are trained to help you choose the food that is right for your cat.