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Feeding Your Cat's Meow- Healthy Alternatives for Indoor Cats

Lillee Rhose has been a cat parent and writer her entire life. Her heart's passion is to share her love for and knowledge of cats.

Feeding Your Cat's Meow! Simply Delicious!

Feeding Your Cat's Meow! Simply Delicious!

Essential Ingredients Fit for Your Feline!

What are the main ingredients to look for in natural/indoor cat foods and which ones satisfy hunger and maintain your cat's health through their entire life cycle!

There are several brands that are great for your cat, giving you the reassurance that you are feeding them high-quality, nutritious food. There are expensive brands that 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

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Healthy Alternatives for Indoor Cats - Natural Treats

When it comes to giving your indoor cat treats for being good or if you just want to show your love to them make sure it's the best quality, delicious natural taste and healthy. Some foods can be given to them raw or cooked.

Suggested Healthy Treats

  • Salmon - High in omega fatty acids are essential for your cat’s skin and coat. Serve cooked not raw. Because fish is known to be contaminated with food-borne pathogens that may cause your cat to become seriously ill.
  • Oily Cooked Fish - Salmon and Cod liver oil, and Omega 3 fish oil helps prevent dry skin and helps to maintain a healthy coat.
  • Hard Cheese - Cheddar, Gouda and Swiss which are high in calcium and protein. Only tiny amounts because cats are lactose intolerant.
  • Cooked Chicken with the skin removed - A reliable source of protein for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system.
  • Bananas - High in potassium soluble fiber, vitamin C and magnesium. Can be given in tiny amounts because they are high in sugar so limit the amount that you feed them.
  • Berries - Cut into bite-size portions to avoid being a choking hazard for your cat. Berries are loaded with vitamins A, C, K, E, and fiber they are also low in sugar and high in antioxidants.
  • Cooked Carrots - Healthy treat high in dietary fiber and safe to eat in small pieces which reduces the risk of choking, Carrots are loaded with vitamins K and E, magnesium and potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Cooked Pumpkin - Low in calories and high in fiber aides in digestion for abnormal stools, and aides in removing intestinal parasites. Use pure, cooked, pureed canned pumpkin. And must be served plain with no added sugars. (Do NOT give them canned pie filling).
  • Cooked Eggs - A reliable source of essential amino acids, protein vitamin B, and fat. Eggs are easy to digest, helps keep your cat lean and muscular. Provides a shiny coat and healthy skin.

Healthy Alternatives - Cat Treats

Whether you’re well-informed or just learning how to avoid potentially harmful ingredients in your cat’s food it’s important to read the ingredients label when choosing the food, you want to purchase for your cat.

Ingredient value points to consider

  • Gluten-Free, No Fillers
  • Great tasting natural ingredients
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • No Fillers
  • High-quality ingredients
  • High in Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Grade A meats
Deliciousness!

Deliciousness!

No Hidden Unhealthy Ingredients

Make sure there are no hidden ingredients that you want to avoid lurking in the small print, this would be detrimental to your cat's health instead choose one that it is healthy and benefit your cat's overall health, remember they must be nutritious packed with healthy and natural simple ingredients.

Basic Ingredients to Watch Out For

When checking the ingredients label make sure to avoid certain ingredients that may be harmful and ingredients that are healthy.

Avoid IngredientsHealthy Ingredients

Corn

Chicken

Wheat

Turkey

Soy

Lean Beef

Additives

Salmon

Fillers

Lamb

Compounds

Organic peas, pumpkin, and sweet potato

Synthetic Fertilizers

Vegetables, Legumins, and Berries

Chemical Dyes

Omega 3 and 6, vitamins, minerals, and Taurine

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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 foods that are toxic and the ones that are safe before sharing any human food with your cat.

Toxic Foods

  • Raisins, grapes, onions - these 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/or 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 a lot of health issues.
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Let's Move On to the Litter Box

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Natural Cat Litter

There are a variety of brands that offer natural cat litter which do different things in the cat box. Whether you're looking for corn, pine, or paper litter each one has its unique features and odor controls that may suit your liking.

Natural cat litter is the Perfect Choice!

The following is a list that is economical, eco-friendly, and biodegradable:

  • Corn Litter - Usually made from 100% corn kernels and is one of the best biodegradable cat litters. It is strongest in quality and best in clumping ability and is minor in reducing odor -. It contains large pellets that make it safer for kittens to use, although it can be uncomfortable on their paws. The cons are that corn litter can create clumps and only absorb some of the odor and corn litter has its own "smell" which can be unpleasant for the entire household.
  • Pine Pellets - Made from reclaimed lumber scraps. Because it's made from an all-natural, renewable resource, pine pellets are biodegradable and compostable. Pine pellets also have natural antimicrobial properties which suppress odor-causing bacteria.
  • Natural Fresh Walnut Litter - Made from walnut shells, fibrous and absorbent. Good odor control and low on litter dust. It comes in pellets and finer textures and there are courser textures as well.
  • Paper Litter - Made from recycled paper and eco-friendly and produces virtually zero dust, which is beneficial for both your household and cat. The only problem with paper litter is that it doesn’t clump, which means you may have to change often to avoid odor.
  • Wheat Litter - Wheat litter is biodegradable and eco-friendly. Made from “secondary wheat” (is a wheat grain that isn’t high-quality enough for human food.) Its natural enzymes help minimize and neutralize odors. Wheat litter closely resembles traditional clay litter. It is known to stick to the sides of the litter box, making it difficult to clean than regular litter.
  • Clay-Based Litter - Naturally absorbent and it's primarily made from sodium bentonite clay. It's a non-biodegradable clay so It's non-flushable due to the clay absorbs fifteen times it's volume when introduced to liquid and it will clog your toilet plumbing. It's cheap with minimal odor control. When your cat grooms itself, they can easily digest the clay which can expand and cause a large hard mass in their digestive tract.
  • Clumping Clay Litter - A finer grade, scoopable litter. Don't flush it down the toilet because it releases toxins into the air and can irritate your cat's nose and is not good for humans either.
  • Newspaper Pulp Litter - This litter looks like rabbit food pellets that are greyish black and absorb three times moisture, delivers effective odor control. It also is low tracking and is fragrance free.

Let's Wrap Things Up!

Choosing what's natural in all aspects of your cat's lives is always an option to consider. Whether it be their healthy alternative snacks or cat litter make sure to read the ingredients label and check what the product is made of this ensures that you are getting the best that is suitable for you and your cat.

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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 Lillee Rhose

Comments

Lillee Rhose (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.

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