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Essential Ingredients Fit for Your Feline!
All cat parents want what's best for their cats, from buying them their favorite toys, cat trees, and healthy food! I've always wondered what ingredients the big manufacturing companies use in our pet's food. And if there are healthy alternatives available.
Let's check this out together and find out!
So, my first question is - What are the main ingredients to look for in natural/indoor cat foods, and which ones satisfy hunger and maintain your cat's health throughout its life cycle?
Several brands are great for your cat, reassuring you that you are feeding them high-quality, nutritious food. Some expensive brands claim they have the healthiest food for your cat; beware of these claims and check the ingredients label before you buy.
In This Article:
- Essential Ingredients Fit for Your Feline
- Choosing Healthy Foods for Your Cat
- Healthy Alternatives - Cat Treats
- Basic Ingredients to Watch Out For
- Healthy Alternatives for Indoor Cats - Toxic Foods
- Natural Cat Litter
- Let's Wrap it Up!
Choosing Healthy Foods for Your Cat
Healthy Alternatives for Indoor Cats - Natural Treats
When it comes to giving your indoor cat treats, I know we want them to be as healthy as possible and rewarding simultaneously. Whether it's a treat to reward good behavior or if you want to show them that you love them.
Their treats need to be of the best quality, have a delicious natural taste, keep their bodies healthy, their coats shiny, and their skin healthy. A treat our cats will love and want to eat!
Some foods may be given to them raw or cooked and cut into tiny pieces, so it's easy for your cat to eat and prevents choking hazards.
Suggested Healthy Treats
|Treats||Full of Vitamins||Healthy|
High in omega fatty acids
Skin and coat
Oily Cooked Fish - Salmon and Cod liver oil
Prevents dry skin and maintains a healthy coat
Hard Cheese - cheddar, gouda and swiss
High in Calcium and protein
Small amounts should be given due to some cats are lactose intolerant
Cooked Chicken pieces
A reliable source of protein for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system
High in potassium soluble fiber, vitamin C and magnesium
Feed tiny amounts due to sugar content
Cooked Vegetables - carrots, broccoli, zucchini
High in dietary fiber, vitamins K, E, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus
Feed in small pieces to avoid choking
Vitamins A, C, K, fiber, and high in antioxidants
Low in sugar, cut into tiny pieces to avoid choking
Essential amino acids, protein, vitamin B, and fat
Easy to digest, keeps your cat lean and muscular, a shiny coat and healthy skin
Healthy Alternatives - Cat Treats
Whether you're well-informed or just learning to avoid potentially harmful ingredients in your cat's food, it's essential to read the ingredients label when choosing your cat's food.
Ingredient value points to consider
- Gluten-Free, No Fillers
- Great tasting natural ingredients
- No Artificial Ingredients
- No Fillers
- High-quality ingredients
- High in Protein
- Grade A meats
Check the Label for Unhealthy Ingredients
Make sure there are no hidden ingredients on the label that you want to avoid lurking in the small print; this would be detrimental to your cat's health. Instead, choose one that is healthy and benefits your cat's overall health; remember, they must be nutritious and packed with healthy and natural simple ingredients.
Healthy Ingredients and Those to Avoid
|Avoid Ingredients||Healthy Ingredients|
Organic peas, pumpkin, and sweet potato
Vegetables, Legumins, and Berries
Omega 3 and 6, vitamins, minerals, and Taurine
Healthy Alternatives for Indoor Cats - Toxic Foods
It's important to know what foods are toxic for cats; human snacks and treats are poisonous to cats' health.
You need to make sure that you know the difference between toxic foods and those that are safe before sharing any human food with your cat.
- Raisins, grapes, and onions - are poisonous to cats, and there's evidence that feeding cats grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure.
- Salt - In copious amounts, salt and salty foods can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death.
- Tea, Coffee - Coffee contains methylxanthine caffeine and can thus have the same effects listed above.
- Milk - Hard on their digestive tract and will cause your cat stomach problems and diarrhea. Cats are naturally lactose intolerant.
- Chocolate - Contains methylxanthines, a substance that is toxic to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and death.
- Dog Food - Dog food lacks sufficient vitamin A and taurine, the two nutrients cats need to live healthy lives.
- Citrus Fruits - Citrus fruits contain citric acid and essential oils that can be toxic to cats, causing many health issues.
Natural is the Way to Go!
All kinds of brands specialize in natural and organic cat litter, such as clumping litter, low-dust, and no perfumes that irritate their little noses.
Let's Move On to the Litter Box
Natural Cat Litter
A variety of brands offer natural cat litter made of varied materials ranging from corn, pine, walnuts, clay, or paper litter. Each has unique features and odor controls that may do different things in the cat box.
Natural cat litter is a Perfect Choice!
Economical, eco-friendly, and biodegradable cat litter
- Corn Litter - One of the best biodegradable cat litters with large pellets and is the strongest in quality and clumping ability, but it lacks reducing odor. Since it contains large pellets, it's safer for kittens to use,
- Pine Pellets - Made from reclaimed lumber scraps. It's an all-natural, renewable resource and is biodegradable and compostable. This litter is all natural with antimicrobial properties that suppress odor-causing bacteria.
- Natural Fresh Walnut Litter - Made from walnut shells, fibrous and absorbent, reasonable odor control, and low on litter dust. It comes in pellets and more delicate textures to courser textures as well.
- Recycled Paper Litter - This litter is made from recycled paper and is eco-friendly, producing virtually zero dust, non-clumping litter.
Did You Know?
Natural cat litter is eco-friendly, biodegradable, and highly economical.
- Wheat Litter - This is a biodegradable and eco-friendly litter made from “secondary wheat” with natural enzymes to minimize and neutralize odors. It resembles traditional clay litter and is known to stick to the sides of the litter box, making it more challenging to clean than regular litter.
- Clay-Based Litter - Naturally absorbent and is primarily made from sodium bentonite clay. A non-biodegradable clay that is non-flushable due to the clay absorbing fifteen times its volume when introduced to liquid will clog your toilet plumbing.
- They are clumping Clay Litter - A more acceptable grade, scoopable litter. Non-flushable due to the toxins released into the air when flushed.
- Newspaper Pulp Litter - Resembles rabbit food pellets. It absorbs three times moisture, delivers effective odor control, is fragrance-free, and is a low-tracking litter.
Let's Wrap Things Up!
Choosing what's natural in all aspects of your cat's life is always the best choice you will ever make. Whether you choose healthy foods, kibble or other alternative snacks, or natural litter for the litter box.
Always remember to read the ingredients label on foods, and when choosing their litter, make sure to check what the product is made of.
No matter what you do, know that you are ensuring that you are providing the best healthy life possible for your cat, and they, in turn, will reward you with lots of love and affection!
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2021 Donna Rayne
Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on July 29, 2021:
Thank you, Brenda, and Flourish! I appreciate your comments, and though some of the products mentioned are expensive but I only have 3 cats, one loves "regular" foods but my other two only will eat Blue Buffalo wet food, which is like $1.69 a can but it's full of good-for-you ingredients and their coats shine like the sun! I adopted all of them and they are the best cats! Flourish, I wish I could adopt them all! :)
FlourishAnyway from USA on July 29, 2021:
I mostly have old cats. (I have 8 because people keep leaving their pets behind in the adjoining neighborhood and I have taken them in over the years when they show up at my door and refuse to leave.). I have tried many different types of food and litter on the market. I like your focus on knowing what is in your pet’s food.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 28, 2021:
What's not to love about kittys?
Of course they deserve the best...but that cat litter is expensive.
I wonder if it is okay since they often say to steer clear of corn.
It sounds wonderful though.