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Keep Your Adult Cat Healthy with Proper Nutrition

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Cats require high amounts of protein in their diet which is why nutrition is so important to help keep your cat healthy and happy. Cats are considered adults between 1 and 7 years of age. Choose the right diet for your adult cat with these tips from PetSmart experts:

Special dietary requirements of cats

In general, dry cat food should contain at least 30 percent protein and 12 percent fat, while canned food should contain at least 8 percent protein and about 4 percent fat.

Cats also need amino acids and taurine in their diet from fish, poultry or meat-based ingredients.

Choose a high-quality cat food

Premium foods with high-quality ingredients are more digestible which means your cat will absorb more of the nutrients she needs and help maintain her overall health. Because of their quality nutrients, premium foods help keep your cat's skin and coat healthy and may help avoid issues including food allergies, sensitive stomach, obesity and hip and joint stiffness.

Keep off the extra weight

Obesity is a common problem in adult cats that can lead to other more serious health problems including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. If your cat is overweight, choose a premium light formula. If your cat has a tendency to gain weight or you just want to maintain their current healthy weight, try a reduced calorie or reduced fat food.

Feeding management

Adult cats only need to eat once a day however, given the choice, most cats eat many small meals throughout the day. If you are feeding her a dry diet only, you can allow her to feed freely throughout the day unless she becomes overweight.

Promote urinary health

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) can be a health issue for some adult cats. You can choose premium foods specially formulated for maintaining urinary health.

Brush on up dental health

Preventing dental disease is important in keeping your adult cat healthy. Try premium foods that are specially formulated to keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean.

The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.

Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 4th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Copyright 2000 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.




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