Nutrition & Feeding: Cat

Wondering what to feed your cat? Read below for helpful information & articles.

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A Healthy Life Starts with Food

Whether you just adopted a cat or she's entering a new lifestage, you've probably found yourself in the pet food aisle wondering if your cat is getting the proper nutrition she needs. It's true, feeding your pet high-quality, well-balanced food is one of the best things you can do to help your cat live a long, healthy life.

A yellow cat bends down to eat some of his food.

The Best Nutrition for Your Cat

upporting your cat's happy lifestyle is what being a pet parent is all about, and it all starts with proper nutrition. Along with plenty of water, she needs the right cat diet for her stage of life. Always be sure it includes protein and carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and certain types of fats. If your cat suffers from digestive health issues, urinary health issues, skin allergies, or needs extra dental care, you can look into special foods made specifically to treat these needs.

Changing Your Cat's Food

Many people believe cats are meant to eat the same food for their entire lives. The truth is that cats' nutritional needs can and do change due to factors like stages of life, activity level and overall health. For example, a senior cat food that's low in sodium, protein and fats may be great for older cats who could stand to loose an extra pound or two. But that same food wouldn't be enough for a kitten who needs the extra nutrients to ensure proper growth.

A basket of eggs, which are an ingredient in Hill's pet food.

Foods to Avoid

You can probably think of a few reasons why cats shouldn't sit with you at the dinner table – one being that human food isn't good for their health. Plus, onions and garlic could lead to anemia in cats. Raw eggs can lead to salmonella. And alcohol, even just a little, is poisonous to cats. If you ever notice your cat acting oddly after ingesting one of these foods, it's important to call your vet immediately.