Cats require high amounts of protein in their diet which is why nutrition is so important to help keep your cat healthy and happy. Cats are typically considered adults between 1 and 7 years of age. Choose the right diet for your adult cat with these tips from PetSmart experts:
What Ingredients in Cat Food are Ideal?
In general, dry cat food should contain at least 30 percent protein and 12 percent fat, while canned food should contain at least 8 percent protein and about 4 percent fat.
Cats also need an essential amino acid called taurine in their diet. This heart healthy nutrient is found in fish, poultry or meat-based ingredients.
Premium foods with high-quality ingredients are more digestible which means your cat will absorb more of the nutrients she needs.
What About Weight Control Cat Food?
Obesity is a common problem in adult cats that can contribute to other more serious health problems including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. If your cat is overweight talk to your veterinarian, and choose a premium or prescription light formula. If your cat has a tendency to gain weight or you just want to maintain their current healthy weight, try a reduced calorie or reduced fat food.
What About Urinary Tract Health Cat Food?
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) can be a health issue for some adult cats. You can choose premium foods specially formulated for maintaining urinary health.
What About Food for Cat Dental Health?
Preventing dental disease is important in keeping your adult cat healthy. Try premium foods that are specially formulated to keep your pet's teeth and gums clean.
Cat Food for Hairballs?
Premium cat foods that are high in fiber can help your cat pass existing hairballs and prevent new ones from forming. The fiber-rich food helps move the hair through the gastrointestinal tract where it is deposited in the stool. Look for foods that are specially formulated to reduce hairballs. Keep in mind that fiber-rich foods may cause your cat to use the litter box more often.
How Often Should I Feed My Adult Cat?
Adult cats only need to eat once or twice a day however, given the choice, most cats eat many small meals throughout the day. If you are feeding her a dry diet only, you can allow her to feed freely throughout the day unless she becomes overweight.
The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.
Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 5th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Copyright 2010 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.