When it comes to feeding your cat, a one-size fits all diet won’t do well with felines. It’s also important to note that cats are carnivores. They need high-quality protein from meet to survive and thrive. Cats digest lots of high-quality protein very rapidly and should never be fed a vegetarian diet. Your cat would also benefit from natural or organic formulas that contain premium, high-quality meat and whole-food ingredients without any chemical additives, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors.

 

 

 

Each cat has different nutritional requirements depending on their age, lifestyle, and any health conditions they may have. Here’s a simple guide for what to feed your cat to keep them healthy at every life stage.

 

What To Feed My Kitten

 When choosing pet food, better look for organic or natural cat food, and one that’s specifically formulated for kittens, like Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Kitten Dry Food. Kittens have different nutritional and caloric requirements from adult cats. Kittens need more proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water than adult cats. Cat food that is made specifically for kittens provides all of these nutrients in the right amounts to help your kitten develop and grow into a healthy adult cat.

 

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Kitten Dry Food

 

If kittens are not able to get the proper nutrition, it would lead to a number of health problems including improper bone and muscle development, poor immunity, obesity or malnutrition. Be sure to follow the serving size recommendations on a cat food’s label to prevent over or underfeeding.

When your kitten reaches about 12 months, their nutritional needs will change and you may need to switch to adult food formulas with less protein and fat and fewer calories. Before you change your pet’s diet, you should consult with your veterinarian about your cat's specific health and nutritional needs.

When transitioning your kitten to adult cat food, do so slowly over a period of 7–10 days. To begin the switch, start with approximately 75 percent kitten food mixed with 25 percent of the new adult food. After about three days, increase the mixture of the adult to kitten food to 50 percent. About three days later, increase the adult mixture to 75 percent and reduce the kitten food to 25 percent. After that, you can switch to 100% adult food. You might also want to mix in wet food into your kibble for more variety and hydration.

 

What to Feed My Adult Cat

 When your cat has reached their adult years, they should be given a complete and balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight and help steer clear of any health problems. There are specially formulated cat food formulas that target specific health concerns.

 

  • Sensitive stomach formulas like Merrick Purrfect Bistro Sensitive Stomach dry food to promote easier digestion for cats with digestive issues.

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Sensitive Stomach dry food

  • Limited ingredient diets are made for cats with food sensitivities. Natural Balance Limited Ingredient cat food formulas are a good choice for pet parents who want to minimize the number of ingredients their pets are exposed to.
  • Grain-free formulas like Taste of the Wild Cat Food that contains no corn, wheat, rice, barley or soy for cats with grain allergies or sensitivities. 

Make sure that you don’t continue to feed your cat food designed exclusively for kittens when they reach adulthood. Kitten food has significantly more calories that may contribute to your adult cat being overweight.

 

What To Feed My Senior Cat

On average, cats are considered senior when they reach about 7 years old. Like humans, cats may also start to develop certain health conditions or problems as they age. When your cat reaches their prime years, you may need to switch to senior pet food that is formulated to help manage any health or lifestyle changes due to aging.

Senior cat food formulas have enhanced antioxidant levels that can provide extra immune support, as well as highly digestible ingredients to help aid their aging digestive system. Senior cat food also have Improved calorie levels that help senior cats maintain an ideal body weight to support joint health.

Here are some senior cat food options for your pet:

  

Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Senior Formula

 

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Health Senior Dry Food

 

Some health conditions may start to show up when your cat reaches their senior years. This includes arthritis, dental problems, obesity, and diabetes. It would be best to consult your veterinarian if your cat would require a special diet together with any medical treatment.

With proper care and a high-quality all-natural diet that best meets your cat's changing lifestyle and nutrition needs, you can help ensure that they live a long, healthy, and happy life.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.petmd.com/

https://www.catster.com/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/