Nutrition of Cats

Pet cats (Felis catus) are obligate carnivores, which means they must eat animal protein to survive.

Muscle meat on its own is not a balanced diet for a domestic cat. Given the chance to catch wild prey such as birds and mice, they eat most parts of the animal, often starting with the head. Depending on the cat and its mood it may leave parts uneaten (often the digestive tract). If it feels like supporting the household, or isn’t hungry, it might present you with its prize, even leaving the head on for you if you are very lucky!

Many cats prefer to snack every few hours rather than eating a big meal all at once. Cats can be very fussy especially if they are not exposed to a wide range of food when young. They can also be very changeable in their food preferences. Our Wild Treat Company’s Mixed pack suits this sort of cat!

Encouraging him/her to eat diversely from a young age makes the cat easier to feed, so you won’t both suffer if a favourite food isn’t available. A varied diet also is likely to provide a good balance of nutrition and pleasure from eating different things.