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What Makes a Healthy Diet For Your Cat?

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You know it's important to feed your cat a healthy diet, but what exactly does that mean?

A healthy diet is one that offers your cat balanced levels of all essential nutrients including:  

You know it's important to feed your cat a healthy diet, but what exactly does that mean?

A healthy diet is one that offers your cat balanced levels of all essential nutrients including:  

  • Water makes up approximately 70 percent of your cat's body. Make sure your cat has access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
  • Carbohydrates supply energy to your cat's brain and muscles. They come from sugars, starches and fiber from plant sources.
  • Fats supply energy, help build strong cells and promote nutrient absorption. Too much fat can lead to health issues, so be sure you're feeding the right amount.
  • Proteins encourage healthy coat, skin and nails, and support the immune system. They come from both plant and meat sources.
  • Vitamins and minerals regulate many different body functions. Some of the most important for cats are taurine, calcium, phophorous and antioxidants like vitamins E and C. 

Smart Tips:

  • Feed a Specialty Pet Food (also know as an Advanced Nutrition Food) to ensure your cat is eating a balanced diet formulated for her life stage. Check out PetSmart's Specialty Pet Food Information Center for more information about Specialty Pet Food.
  • Feed the right amount; read the food label for recommended feeding guidelines and confirm the amount with your vet.
  • Check food for freshness; store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • Don't feed table scraps or people food -- it can upset your cat's stomach.
  • Feed only cat food as dog food is not a sufficient substitute for cats -- dog food can cause heart disease and blindness in cats.

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