Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your cat with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. They keep the structure of cells in shape and are needed for the production of hormones and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Cats require fat to insulate their bodies and protect their internal organs.
Be sure to include essential fatty acids in your cat’s diet as they can’t be synthesised by cats naturally. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that’s vital for your cat’s skin and coat, kidney function and reproduction. Omega 3 and 6 are crucial for healing inflammation.
Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are important for the growth, reproduction and repair of your cat. Proteins can be obtained from several sources, including fish.
The building blocks of proteins – amino acids – cannot be naturally produced by your cat. The essential amino acid, taurine, prevents eye and heart disease and improves reproduction, foetal growth and survival.
Minerals are inorganic compounds that must be included in your cat’s diet. This is critical since minerals help build strong bones and teeth, as well as maintaining your cat’s fluid balance and metabolism.
Essential to life, water accounts for between 60% to 70% of an adult cat’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your cat’s water needs (dry food has up to 10% moisture, canned food has up to 78%),
cats always need to have fresh clean water available to them.
A deficiency of water may have serious health repercussions for your cat.