The adult cat has specific nutritional needs which must be integrated into a varied and balanced diet. To avoid deficiencies, it is important to diversify your cat‘s menus in order to provide him with everything he needs, depending on his age, lifestyle and state of health.
The cat is a carnivore, it is a fact. It therefore requires high protein intake (between 30 and 40% of the daily ration), to ensure good health and the beauty of its coat . Indeed, quality animal proteins , with high nutritional value (muscles, heart, liver, egg …), are essential in the diet of our felines.
A protein deficiency can cause skin problems, including hair loss or dull hair.
2. Amino acids
Amino acids, such as taurine and arginine , are essential for the cat. Since he cannot synthesize them all, it is essential to bring them in his diet. In case of deficiency, this can cause heart, eye or even urinary disorders.
3. Carbohydrates and fats
Lipids or fatty acids, such as omega 3 or omega 6 , are a source of energy for the cat. Present in animal fats and vegetable oils , they allow the hair to shine and the skin to be elastic. They also promote healing.
As for the carbohydrates, or slow sugars, which are especially present in the starch that makes up cereals (wheat, rice, corn, etc.), pasta or even potatoes, they must also be incorporated into the cat’s diet.
The essential vitamins in the diet of the cat, which are vitamins A, B, D, E, K, H , must be wisely measured. In case of deficiency, vision and skin disorders may appear while in case of excess, the cat may become completely listless.
5. Mineral salts
For its growth and the protection of its bones and its muscles, the cat requires contributions in mineral salts: calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper … Just like vitamins, mineral salts must be the object meticulous dosing.