Our cats are Divas! There’s no getting away from it. We have tried just about everything on them in the food department. To be honest we have probably created a rod for our own back. We give them a wide variety of cat food both wet and dry. The minute they show love of one particular brand, we go out and bulk buy it. Of course the next time we try them on it, they turn their noses up!
Being cats, this is probably deliberate, because as we know they rule our lives and are most likely winding us up.
So with a cupboard full of cat food and a heavy heart, we decided it was time to supplement their diet with more fresh food. We have cooked them liver, chicken and even prime mince in our search for the perfect taste to tickle their palette. In fact, we’ve always added in some fresh food to their diet, but decided that more would be better.
So tuna has always been a staple, but we wanted to make sure that this was good for their health. Canned tuna for example is good in moderation, but does contain mercury so it should be a treat rather than a daily option. So only give your cat freshly cooked or canned tuna as an occasional treat, and not as a regular part of their diet.
Another question we ask ourselves is dry food vs wet food – or both? Well, wet food is good for cats because it provides moisture. Cats in the wild get most of their water from the prey they consume, with little or no need for drinking separately. When eating an all-dry diet, their water intake easily falls short of their actual needs, allowing them to become dehydrated and more prone to kidney disease and urinary tract problems. So if you do feed them dry food, make sure they always have access to fresh water.
As with everything, a balanced diet is the best way to go and being cats they will vote with their feet if they aren’t happy with the options on offer!