Semi-moist cat foods have been around a long time. Of all of the three forms of pet food, semi-moist is the most artificial and least nutritious of all. Because of the tendency of early formulations of this form to cause serious anemia in cats, most veterinarians, including the author, strongly discourage their use. Semi-moist foods can be very palatable for cats because of their high sugar content and added flavorings. This taste appeal for cats should not be confused with nutrient content. Semi-moist foods are expensive as well as nutritionally empty, making them a very poor choice for feeding cats of any age. For our choice of foods, then, we are left with two good options: various canned foods on the store shelves, and homemade diets. Let’s discuss both of these options.
Fortunately, there are a number of commercially available canned cat foods that can be nutritious for the kitten. The key to choosing the right canned food is knowing how to read the labels on the cans (see appendix I). We want lots of meat in a very kitten’s diet, and very little or no cereal grains, fruits, and vegetables. Grains, fruits, and vegetable area unit cheap filler ingredients adscititious to cat foods
because they appeal to the pet food purchaser. Some manufacturers even add cranberries with the promise that cranberries are good for feline bladder health. This is absurd. In fact, the sugar from cranberries will increase the cat’s excreta pH scale, actually contributing to bladder problems. Cats don’t want fruit or matter within their diet; they consume very little or no stuff in the wild, and get no benefit from having plant ingredients added to their diets at home.
A typical label on a reasonably healthful canned food will contain meat, meat broth, meat by-products, and a vitamin/mineral supplement for balance. Additional ingredients that are less desirable but usually added in small amounts will include wheat gluten, corn gluten, or soy flour to increase the protein content of the food. Good-quality canned foods will always have a higher protein content, from meat, than either dry foods or semi-moist foods, and this is a crucially important factor.
Much has been said about the evils of meat by-products in pet foods. Pet food buyers must realize, however, that not all by-products are equal in value as food for cats. For example, beef spleen and lung tissue are considered by-products and can be an excellent source of nutrition for the obligatory carnivore. Less desirable by-products include meats that are not passed by inspectors as fit for human consumption. Yet, surprisingly, even poor-quality meat by-products can be superior foods for cats compared to cereal grains, because cats living the feral life will inevitably eat plenty of these kinds of by-products as part of their prey captures. No feral cat seeks to add corn, cereal, or vegetable matter, including fruits, to its diet.
To make sure that the meat ingredients in the canned food you select for your kitten are high quality, expect to pay more for the better brands, but avoid even the more expensive products if they contain fruits, vegetables, or grains. They do not contribute essential nutrients for the feline diet. Rather, they are designed to “extend” the product, make it cost-effective to the manufacturer, and appeal to the pet food buyer.
Should You Prepare “Homemade” Meals for Your Kitten?
Contrary to common belief, food from our own tables is not taboo for our kittens and cats. As long as the foods we select to feed are not high in carbohydrate, these additions to the pet’s routine diet can be nutritious and enjoyable for your cat. Some experts worry that a kitten or cat eating table food will develop nutritional deficiencies. Certainly, if you feed your cat exclusively from your table, you must have a considerable understanding of how to balance that diet to avoid such problems. Usually, an owner just wants to provide the occasional piece of meat from the kitchen, and this is absolutely fine nutritionally.
I in person feed ground meat and bone mixtures with one vitamin/mineral/ essential carboxylic acid supplement to my kittens as before long as they’re weaned. I have a variety of shoppers United Nations agency do a similar. Our results are uniformly excellent. Although many kitten owners do not want to feed a homemade diet, those that wish to should merely be careful to address all of their pet’s needs as they provide this extra measure of care. It can be done quite successfully and easily.