Mixed feeding for cats: How to mix wet and dry food correctly!
Key differences between wet and dry food for cats
The advantages of wet food for cats
The advantages of dry food for cats
The mix is key: The right balance between dry and wet food
Special caution applies to cats with digestive problems and allergy sufferers
The most important nutrients for your cat
- Animal fats
- Vitamin A
- Essential fatty acids
Are cat snacks allowed in mixed feeding?
Just because you are now mixing your pet’s food does not mean that you have to give up the use of cat snacks and treats. However, you should always keep an eye on the calorie content of "sweeties" and your cat's daily needs, so that it does not overeat. It can help to determine the energy content of the daily quantity of snack foods and to subtract it from the normal feed rations. Alternatively, cat treats can be included in training or in a movement game. This burns the extra calories absorbed by the snack.
Keep an eye on the right amount of feeding!
Through mixed feeding your cat takes in enough fluid to maintain the health of its urinary tract. The wet food supplies them with important nutrients, but is comparatively low in calories. In contrast, dry food is more energy-rich, but it helps with daily dental hygiene. Due to the higher energy density, you should always keep an eye on your cat's daily needs and give it the right amount of food. The amount of food your cat needs depends on factors such as age, weight, activity levels, pre-existing diseases, type of food, etc. and can be determined with the help of an expert.
Conclusion: Mixed feeding for cats as a varied alternative
Should you provide wet food, dry food or both? The question of which food is right for your cat cannot be answered in a general way. Many factors are individually dependent on your pet and his or her health. Mixed feeding can be a solution to combine the benefits of wet and dry food. It also provides variety in your cat's bowl. However, the quality of the food is most important: The chosen cat food should always be of high quality, because in order for your pet to be able to live all his 9 cat lives happy and healthy, the nutrient supply is of utmost importance.
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