Cats have been loved by people all over the world. They’ve been around for ages and were even found sacred by some religions and cultures. Now ages later there’s thousands getting put down each week and many dieing from leukemia. A cat’s nutrition is important in preventing diseases even Leukemia and Feline Aids. Leukemia has become a common disease in outdoor cats. There are vaccines available to prevent them from catching it but it only prevents 95% so there is still a 5% chance of contracting the disease. Domestic cats have a much lower chance of catching the disease as long as they’re not exposed to other cats that haven’t been tested for the virus. There are many symptoms of the disease so it’s hard to diagnose without a test. Most vets offer the test in their clinic. Make sure you get your cat tested and keep them healthy. Besides cats catching the disease from each other the second way is through very bad nutrition. Most cats are fed a dry diet. Owners don’t know better and just grab the cheapest food they get their hands on from a local supermarket. Before we even own a cat as a pet we have to understand what their needs are when it comes to their diet and nutrition. Cats naturally are carnivorous animals. They have short intestines and a small stomach so their diet needs to be concentrated, highly digestible, low in residue and high in protein. Adult dog’s protein intake will decrease to a third of a puppy’s required protein consumption. A kitten needs 1 ½ the intake of an adult. An adult cat needs a high protein diet. A cat can’t receive nutrients and vitamins from most plants so it is required for them to eat meat. They eat even the organs of the animal so they absorb the digested nutrients derived from the animals. Since they are partially or wholly digested the cat can process the vitamins in its own body. They do not have a dietary requirement for carbohydrates. They do need a lot of water though. All living cells revolve around water but the cat has evolved to get most of their water through their food. The difference in moisture from dry to wet food is about a 60% difference! Cats increase their water intake voluntarily but it’s not enough to keep them hydrated. The water intake in their diet is really important but if they have all the water in the world and their vitamins are lacking then it will do no good. They have to have a complete diet. Make sure your cat is receiving all of the vitamins and water it needs to function correctly. They will love you forever for it.

 

Cats have been loved by people all over the world. They’ve been around for ages and were even found sacred by some religions and cultures. Now ages later there’s thousands getting put down each week and many dieing from leukemia. A cat’s nutrition is important in preventing diseases even Leukemia and Feline Aids. Leukemia has become a common disease in outdoor cats. There are vaccines available to prevent them from catching it but it only prevents 95% so there is still a 5% chance of contracting the disease. Domestic cats have a much lower chance of catching the disease as long as they’re not exposed to other cats that haven’t been tested for the virus. There are many symptoms of the disease so it’s hard to diagnose without a test. Most vets offer the test in their clinic. Make sure you get your cat tested and keep them healthy. Besides cats catching the disease from each other the second way is through very bad nutrition. Most cats are fed a dry diet. Owners don’t know better and just grab the cheapest food they get their hands on from a local supermarket. Before we even own a cat as a pet we have to understand what their needs are when it comes to their diet and nutrition. Cats naturally are carnivorous animals. They have short intestines and a small stomach so their diet needs to be concentrated, highly digestible, low in residue and high in protein. Adult dog’s protein intake will decrease to a third of a puppy’s required protein consumption. A kitten needs 1 ½ the intake of an adult. An adult cat needs a high protein diet. A cat can’t receive nutrients and vitamins from most plants so it is required for them to eat meat. They eat even the organs of the animal so they absorb the digested nutrients derived from the animals. Since they are partially or wholly digested the cat can process the vitamins in its own body. They do not have a dietary requirement for carbohydrates. They do need a lot of water though. All living cells revolve around water but the cat has evolved to get most of their water through their food. The difference in moisture from dry to wet food is about a 60% difference! Cats increase their water intake voluntarily but it’s not enough to keep them hydrated. The water intake in their diet is really important but if they have all the water in the world and their vitamins are lacking then it will do no good. They have to have a complete diet. Make sure your cat is receiving all of the vitamins and water it needs to function correctly. They will love you forever for it.

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