Kitten and Cat Nutrition

A fat cat

The right diet is vital to keep your cat fit and healthy. Poor nutrition accounts for a significant percentage of the health problems we see.

These include vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, obesity, dental problems, growth deformities, heart, kidney and skin problems.

What type of diet should I feed my cat?

Home made diets - very rarely are these nutritionally balanced or complete. They are relatively difficult to prepare and expensive.

Commercial diets - quality diets such as Royal Canin or Hills are convenient and don’t have vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Is tinned or dry cat food better?

Dry food is more cost effective and helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Tinned food has a much higher water content which means that more is required to satisfy your cat’s nutritional requirements. For kittens we recommend dry food with a meal of tinned food once per week so that they become accustomed to different textures of food. This helps with treatment later in life if they ever need to change diets.

Which brand of cat food should I choose?

There are many different life stage diets to consider. We recommend and sell Royal Canin and Hills. However there are several high quality brands of cat foods available. Your healthcare nurses will be happy to discuss this with you.

Growth stage diet for kittens and is designed to provide the extra nutrients needed by growing kittens yet avoiding the excesses that often lead to obesity.

Adult stage diets provide all the nutritional requirements of an adult cat while reducing the risk of obesity, dental and kidney disease later on in life. They also come in an ‘Adult light’ formulation for obesity prone cats. Variations are also available for pets with sensitive skin or stomachs and for those prone to hairballs. For cats prone to dental problems there are dental diets which use unique fibre technology to clean the teeth while eating and can contain a plaque reducing agent.

Breed specific diets are also available. These are specially formulated to suit certain breeds. Senior stage diets are designed for cats over 8 years. They cater for the more relaxed lifestyle of the older pet helping them to remain in good shape while keeping the skin, coat and internal organs in good health.

Please ask our health care nurses for more advice.



Key Points for Good Nutrition

  • Poor nutrition may lead to health problems
  • Different life stages have different nutritional requirements
  • Always make fresh water available.