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Should my cat eat wet food every day?

Variety is the spice of life, even for our cats. While their palates might not be as advanced or as sophisticated as that of their pet parents, you can bet your bottom dollar that our furry four-legged felines would prefer a more rounded and well-balanced diet.

Wet food isn’t necessarily a daily requirement for a purr-fect diet, but there are definitely health benefits to regularly providing your kitty with a moister and more manageable alternative for their main course.

Taking your cat on a voyage of discovery, where every meal provides a new flavoursome adventure, filled with a mouth-watering party of tastes, textures and treats, is just what the doctor, or the veterinarian, ordered.

 

 

Is wet food part of a balanced diet for a cat?

 

Wet food can be an essential part of any cat’s diet. While it might initially appear to be a luxurious, indulgent treat – a speciality dish for our precious pets – this tongue-tingling option actually packs a nutritious punch.

These protein-powered products support the strengthening of muscles while helping with the maintenance of that mass. Protein promotes the preservation of a cat’s LBM (lean body mass), specifically muscles, bones and organs, which facilitates a strong, life-enhancing metabolism, which is especially helpful as they age.

Water is another natural element that wet food brings to the table, helping to improve their overall hydration levels, supporting overall health and wellbeing in the process.

 

Wet food portions by age and size

 

Here at Applaws we would always strongly recommend our pet parents to read the label. The recommendations on cat food packaging are available to offer you a guideline when it comes to feeding quantities and frequencies.

Alternatively, if you’re still in any doubt, please seek advice from your vet, who will be able to determine how much food your cat requires based on a number of variables.

However, in the bullet points below, we’ve provided you with a rough estimate of how much food you should be looking to feed your well-groomed bundle of fur and how often.

 

  • Kitten (age up to six months old, weight up to 5lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 200 calories, split into three meals.
  • Kitten (age up to six months old, weight up to 10lbs)  Recommended wet food portion per day: 400 calories, split into three meals.
  • Kitten (age up to six months old, weight up to 20lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 850 calories, split into three meals.
  • Adult (lean, weight up to 5lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 170 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (lean, weight up to 10lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 280 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (lean, weight up to 20lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 440 calories, split between 2-4 meals. 
  • Adult (overweight, weight up to 5lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 180 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (overweight, weight up to 15lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 280 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (overweight, weight up to 20lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 310 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (pregnant, weight up to 5lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 240 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (pregnant, weight up to 10lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 390 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (pregnant, weight up to 15lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 510 calories, split between 2-4 meals.
  • Adult (pregnant, weight up to 20lbs) Recommended wet food portion per day: 610 calories, split between 2-4 meals.

 

Remember, the above calculations are merely an estimate. The amount of sustenance per day is dependent on your cat’s body score. Factors to consider include age, weight, food type, brand, activity level and health.

 

Are some commercial types of food better than others for cats?

 

When you wake up to a busy schedule, with work or adventure planned, reliance on a dull, unappetising and unimaginitive meal to fuel your day is the last thing you’d want.

It would be just as disheartening to return from any calorie-sapping exploration to a dry, tasteless and unpalatable plate of food.

Cats feel just as underwhelmed if forced to undergo a diet of dry, colourless and texture free kibble, which generally accounts for more carbohydrates than your fur baby tends to need.

What they really want – and crave – is an expedition into the unknown, an explosion of new tastes and textures that engineers a merry-go-round of mouth-watering flavours. It’s all about discovery and, here at Applaws, we’ve got just what they need.

Pouches, pots or cans of broth – containing tuna, crab, prawn, shrimp and seabream – will undoubtedly quench that thirst for variety, while our chicken pouches and tuna pots will add that extra sprinkling of mealtime magic. Our range of mousses – from seafood options to chicken – is also a taste triumph that will have your kitties grinning like a Cheshire Cat.

All these culinary inventions are specially designed with your cat’s health and wellbeing in mind. They contribute to a well-balanced diet, crammed with a range of protein combinations,  which are both nutritious and nourishing.

It’s a lighter, more pleasurable way to enjoy mealtimes, with food that is brimming with mouth-watering goodness and free of fillers, artificial flavours and preservatives. We want the best for your four-legged friends, just like you do.

 

Why a wet food diet could be perfect for your cat

 

Nothing says ‘meow’ quite like the cat that got the cream – or a delicious, nutritious bowl of flavoursome food in this case!

A wet food diet for your cat provides a lighter, richer, and more enjoyable way for your furry friends to get the goodness that they need inside them.

After all, the way to a feline’s heart is through their stomach. Wet food is highly digestible for cats and contains the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals they crave to keep their bodies active while keeping them hydrated.

Iron supports healthy blood and tissue, zinc contributes to the development of the immune system while maintaining the skin, eyes and bones and biotin regulates the release of energy from food as well as promoting healthy-looking skin.

Have a browse through our range of products to read about the added benefits of wet foods for yourself.

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