What does a cat need to be happy
What does a cat need to be happy
Do you want your pet to develop well? Cats, like humans, have complex nutritional needs. It can be challenging for a handler to understand all the requirements, and cat food should be one of the key topics.
Provide a balanced diet
This is because your cat needs a complete and balanced diet. We at PURINA® carefully research what cats eat in the natural environment and try to respond to their needs, using the best raw materials.
To understand your cat's needs, let's look at his physiology:
The immune system
The balance of the gut microflora maintained by optimally digestible food and antioxidants such as vitamins E and C will support your cat's immune system.
The nervous system
Especially in kittens, the presence of the essential Omega 3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic) in the diet is important, as it supports the proper development of the nervous system and the eyes. As with other key nutrients, only fish-based foods are a source of DHA. Therefore, the food of cats and kittens should be enriched with oils from sea fish.
Leather and hair
Certain amino acids (building blocks of proteins), Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids along with vitamin E will give your cat a shiny and strong coat. In addition, micronutrients such as zinc will support the proper function and health of the skin. Hair is made of protein, therefore its insufficient amount or poor quality in the diet will affect the cat's appearance and loss of hair.
Whole grain and sources of high-quality protein will help your cat digestion
and assimilation of nutrients from food by maintaining the balance of the intestinal microflora. In addition, foods containing thermally stabilized lactic acid bacteria cultures will further improve the digestibility and function of the cat's immune system, strengthening its natural intestinal barrier.
In order to keep your favorite bones strong, you should pay attention to his diet. Energy-rich fats are a source of important fatty acids and support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. Essential, unsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 support not only the immune system of your cat, but also other important functions of its body (nervous, reproductive system, skin functioning). Cats need calcium and phosphorus to keep their bones healthy and strong. Meat does not contain calcium, but it provides a lot of phosphorus, the excess of which, however, strains the functions of the cat's kidneys. Since a high-protein diet of a cat is rich in meat, it is important to properly balance the minerals in its diet - which are marked on the food as „ash "in chemical analysis. Vitamin A and taurine will give your cat sharp eyesight. The cat hardly uses provitamin A present in plants (beta-carotene), so it must have vitamin A in its diet provided with food from animal raw materials. In turn, taurine occurs in nature only in animal products, but because it is very unstable, it must be supplemented in our cat's diet by being present in a balanced feed or in a supplement.
Vitamin A and taurine will give your cat sharp eyesight. The cat hardly uses provitamin A present in plants (beta-carotene), so it must have vitamin A in its diet provided with food from animal raw materials. In turn, taurine occurs in nature only in animal products, but because it is very unstable, it must be supplemented in our cat's diet by being present in a balanced feed or in a supplement.
Your cat's health begins with a nutritious, well-balanced diet. We hope this guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision when choosing a cat food.