While dogs are both carnivorous and herbivorous, and are domestic animals
that don't dislike carrion, both wild and domestic cats - on the contrary -
are pure predators. Cats really are finicky eaters and won't settle for left-overs the way a dog will. Cats are predators, and their digestion system works in the way that ensures the digestion of food of animal origin. Besides, cats consume all necessary water from foods and drink very rarely (what makes their feeding with dry forage inadequate).
That is why cat diets should contain more animal proteins and fats and less
vegetables including vegetable fats and oils. Cats require less bone-meal than dogs, but require more sub-products in their diets like liver. Cat diets should almost completely consist of products of animal origin, and this is a responsibility of the cat owner. Again, cats have specific dietary needs, and won't settle for less. Compared with canines that can get their essential daily vitamins and iron from virtually any food stuff.
The main components of a balanced diet for cats are the same as for dogs,
but the proportions are different: 75% - meat, 15-25% - sub-products (liver, heart and stomach), 0-5% ground vegetables and the rest - supplements and
vitamins. On the contrary to dogs, cat meat bones should contain more meat.
If for a grown-up dog; the contents of meat in a bone should be one to one,
a cat should take an amount of meat twice that portion. This proportion can
be reached by choosing special meat bones or by adding some meat to meat
The most convenient kitten diet should include chicken skeletons (back, sternum and neck). Unlike dogs, cats need somewhat more internal organs to be eaten and, first of all, if it could hunt small animals by its own. Liver, heart and stomachs are the main components that your cat requires. Cat diets should also include small vegetables. Vegetables should be ground carefully to make their consistency as close to the consistency of vegetables to be found in stomachs of little animals as possible. Vegetables should be green by color: leafy vegetables, cabbage, cucumbers and so on. Avoid any carbohydrates such as a potato.
According to cat diets, all chosen vegetables and fruits should have a low
glycemic index. Remember that vegetables are far less important for cats than for dogs.
There is also a sensitive skin and stomach diet that involves taking dietary
supplements and vitamins. The supplements should be sources of necessary fat acids. The only thing is that these sources should be of animal origin. Raw
meat and especially red raw meat and eggs are very important supplements for cat diets. However, try not to overfeed your cat -the amount of foods that a cat should eat daily is 5-10% of its weight. This daily norm is to be divided into several small portions to be given to a cat several times a day.
Young growing cats require bigger amounts of food (their daily norm is closer to 10% of their weight). Sterilized cats need less food because they grow fat faster due to the changes of metabolism. Keep to these diets and your cat will make you happy with their healthy look and behavior.