Feed and feeding
The cat is a predator...
Cat food is divided into 3 types of food - dry food - wet food - raw. Since the cat is an obligate carnivore - a predator, it can only metabolize animal proteins, and not carbohydrates from berries, herbs or grains. It is common to feed the cat with dry food, and there is a sea of different brands. Whether someone is actually better than others, I will leave that unsaid, because it is almost impossible to see what is in the dry food. Feeding dry food is easy, but not unproblematic. Cats do not have a particularly developed thirst center in their brain - but when they eat dry food, it is necessary for them to drink significantly more than their kidneys and urinary tract are designed to handle. Urinary tract infections and urinary stones are known diseases in cats that live exclusively on dry food. Because they drink too little and crystals accumulate in the urinary tract. Special dry food for cats with those diseases has added salt, it promotes thirst and the cat therefore drinks more. But salt is not very good for the circulation and kidneys either... - so dry food is the worst food choice. If you want to feed with dry food, those with the most protein: Applaws - Origin - Acana or similar brands. They contain berries and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are added as digestive aids, so the amount of faeces is greater, the more indigestible there is in the feed, and it smells, some even think it stinks. Dry food sticks to the teeth, resulting in tartar and gingivitis, so the cat's teeth must be brushed when feeding dry food.
Wet food is the next best choice. Look again for the percentage of animal protein, and preferably products without salt... The cat gets a lot of liquid through wet food, and does not need to drink more than necessary, but the problem is that there is not much movement of the jaw and that the cat's teeth do not are kept clean by wet food, so they must be brushed. The stool is abundant and it fluctuates in consistency and it smells...
The best complete food wet food:
The garnet wallpaper
Real Nature Wilderness
Bilanx eco pâté
Applaws is also a good and fair product, but it is not a complete feed.
The best choice is clearly to feed the cat raw meat, small bones, cartilage and offal. Fortunately, there are now really good whole food products on the market, so it is easy to feed.
The Finnish MUSH is shaped into loose-frozen meatballs, so you can just take one daily portion at a time. There is EVERYTHING the cat needs in terms of vitamins and minerals in food such as MUSH. Taurine, which is added to processed feed, is abundant naturally in raw feed. The cat cannot get too much taurine - it comes out again.
Another good brand is Kragborg. Among other things, they have unfrozen chicken necks, wings and day-old chickens - this is nature's toothbrush. In addition to acting as a toothbrush, it also stimulates the production of saliva, which is the first digestive juice - and this in turn stimulates the gastric juice and so on. The cat gets strong, well-functioning jaws. It therefore gets a significantly better digestion when you feed it raw, so what comes out the other end is minimal. It is dry, odorless stool.
The cat eats small, but several meals a day - typically 3-4 meals. Meat has a significantly longer digestion time than both dry food and wet food, so whether it should be 3 or 4 meals a day must depend on the cat and its activity level. If the first meal is given in the morning, you can put out frozen which is then thawed for the next meal, possibly a meal at 6 pm and one at night. There must always be a drain to fresh water...
The kittens here are fed Yellow Mush, chicken hearts, chicken necks and day-old chicks. If you want to feed with dry food, it is no problem. Dry food is sprinkled with fragrances that trigger the cat's brain so that it eats it. Many cats are downright dry food junkies...
I am available if you want to know more about feeding raw...