Dry Food or Wet Food
Cat owners know only too well that many felines are extremely fussy eaters and know exactly what they like and don’t like. They may prefer one type of tinned or dry food, or reject one particular type of food completely.
However, you have a clean slate with kittens and can form their habits. But which food is best for a small kitten? And what should be generally considered when choosing a cat nutrition?
Good quality for your cat
The most important factor is a good quality source. There are huge differences in tinned and dry nutrition. Cat food should contain a high content of high quality animal protein as this plays a major role in the growth and future health of the cat. It is easy on the liver and kidneys as not as many surplus amino acids as in vegetable protein must be converted and excreted. The proportion of animal protein can be taken from the composition information on the label. Poultry meal (20 % min.) would indicate that the food contains a relatively high level of protein of exclusive poultry origin and is therefore a high quality animal protein. If no percentage is stated, the food must legally contain no less than 4 %.
Wet or dry food?
Apart from the matter quality, another issue arises. Dry or wet food? Many owners of cats shy away from dry food. The reason is the risk of urine crystals. Urine crystals can lead in neutered male cats in particular to urethral stricture (a narrowing of the urethra). However, this fear is unfounded with high quality dry food. This is because only poorly digestible dry food produces a high volume of faeces. Faeces contain a lot of moisture i.e. the cat excretes a great amount of water with the faeces. This moisture is lacking in urine excretion, thus concentrating the urine and increasing the risk of urine crystals. Highly digestible dry food in contrast produces small amounts of faeces and the urine concentration remains normal.
Magnesium for Moggie
Moreover, high quality dry foods are formulated to contain the right amount of magnesium (too much magnesium may also cause urine crystals) and some also include ingredients promoting more acidic urine. These dry food types (such as Select Gold) reduce the risk of struvite crystals (the most common types of urine crystals in cats) quite considerably.
Another great advantage of dry food versus tinned food is dental care. As cats do not gnaw on bones, biting the dry food is the only possibility for young cats to strengthen and develop their teeth. But dry food also offers good dental care and tartar protection for older cats.
A high quality dry nutrition with high animal protein content is the right choice for a healthy cat food. But only well developed teeth are able to crunch the dry food properly, therefore the cat should be accustomed to dry food from a young age (for instance with Select Gold Kitten).
Call into your local store today to discuss your cat’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts