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A healthy and balanced diet is optimal for your pet's well-being. As a paw parent, you only want the best for your fur baby to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life

Miranda LaSala · March 19, 2019

Cat Lives Matter, Too! 
How to Balance Your Cat's Diet

By Miranda LaSala 

A healthy and balanced diet is optimal for your pet's well-being. As a paw parent, you only want the best for your fur baby to ensure that it lives a long and healthy life. What better way to do this than to make sure that it gets the sustenance it requires. Sometimes though, pet owners tend to overdo things. 

Cats become overweight because of a variety of reasons, but mostly due to overfeeding and inactivity. What pet owners do not realize is that obesity is a real problem and it puts the animals at risk of developing other health problems. 

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 60% of cats were classified as overweight or obese in the United States alone. That is around 56 million cats! 

People expect cats to just eat, sleep and lounge all day. Some cat owners think it's normal for cats to be "chubby". That is very far from the truth! If you want the best quality of living for your furry companion, obesity should not be the norm. 

The best diet option would be the one that provides them with all the nutrients they need. Cats are carnivorous by nature. In FACT, they are obligate carnivores. This means they REQUIRE animal protein to survive. Without taurine (an amino acid found only in animal protein) a cat WILL sadly die. Fed a biologically appropriate diet, you will see just how they love their meat! 

Here are a few things to help you come up with the best diet option for your cat.

How is Obesity in Cats Diagnosed?

Obesity is primarily the diagnosis in cats with an excess weight of around 10-15 percent, or those with a score higher than 7 in a nine-point scoring system. Measurement is done by determining body weight or scoring the body condition. 

Your cat's current weight and condition will be compared to the standard for its age and breed.

What to Feed Them?

As obligate carnivores, cats require a biologically appropriate diet like the one BARF® World offers. However, If you can't feed raw, canned food would be the next best option. Felines require a well-balanced diet which means having the contents carefully formulated to provide all the nutrients they need. 
Human food is not advised, as it may not be as healthy and it may contain gastric irritants that could upset their tiny and sensitive stomach. In fact, it can lead to other serious health issues including, but not limited to, diabetes and pancreatitis. 

Cats get their fluid or water intake mostly through the food they eat. That's why moisture is paramount to their diet. 

Cats are far more prone to dehydration than dogs. As a cat owner, you may notice they barely drink water. One good way to ensure that your cat is hydrated enough is to serve moist food. A biologically appropriate raw diet is low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and offers MUCH more moisture than conventional diets. Canned foods, while not optimal, do provide more moisture than kibble or dry diets.

How Often and How Much Food Should be Given?

Nutritional requirements of cats vary based on their age, level of activity, and overall health status. As for the amount of food, it is usually based on your cat's ideal weight and daily activities. You may want to check the suggested serving size with your veterinarian. 

How you feed your cat is as equally important. Meal feeding is recommended over free feeding. This means you measure and give the proper amount of food and feed only the specified amount instead of leaving a bulk portion of food for your cat to consume the whole day. Meal feeding also gives you the chance to observe your pet’s appetite. Any drastic change can be an early sign of illness or stress.

What are the Essential Nutrients?

In order to battle obesity, as well as other illnesses, a well-balanced diet is required. The essential nutrients required are vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Keep in mind, a variety of proteins are good but some things are best in moderation. 

Some carbohydrates are needed to fuel your cat with energy and its fiber content help in digestion. Fats are also fuel for energy and healthier skin and coat. It can not be stressed enough that cats MUST have a high animal protein diet to thrive. 

Vitamins are needed for strong bones, good eyesight, and metabolism. Minerals are essential for healthy teeth and bones. Protein is vital for the proper development of muscles, organs, and ligaments.

Are Homemade Diets Recommended?

While we never discourage making food for your cat, it can be difficult and time-consuming. The recipe may not contain the right percentage of nutrients for your pet, specifically the calcium phosphorous levels which are imperative for proper joint and bone health. The best diet is the one nature intended. BARF® World's (up and coming/new) cat diet is a perfect solution for the long-term, successful health of your feline friend. 

We are so excited for the up-coming launch of our brand new specially formulated BARF® World diet for Cats! We know you've been asking for a long time! We've been successfully feeding your dogs a biologically appropriate diet for nearly 20 years! You can expect the same quality ingredients you’ve always received for your dogs, but NOW you can have it for your cats, too! 

Is feeding a raw diet a new idea for you? Please call us today and one of our Raw Food Specialists will be glad to help customize a program for your dogs AND cats! For more information call us at 866-282-2273 or email your questions to info@barfworld.com Check us out at www.barfworld.com. 

Raw Food Tip:

"Food loses most of its nutritional value including enzymes and biologically active essential fatty acids once it goes through the heat process of cooking. Essential fatty acids, damaged by heat and oxygen, become slow poisons, causing irreparable damage. Cooking also produces carcinogens and anti-immunogens. Also many minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins become indigestible." 

- Robert Mueller Sr. 

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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