Cat Food

A complete guide to cat food and treats: wet, dry, raw and cooked.

Cat food is a contentious topic among pet parents, and the subject of many a debate here on Catster with good reason – we only want the best for our cats. A healthy cat is a happy cat, and our cat food section is here to help you make informed decisions about the canned food you pick up at the store or the meals you prepare from scratch at home. Learn the components of a healthy diet, get advice on the steps to take if your cat weighs more than she should, and learn about common ingestible hazards and poisons.

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How to Help an Overweight Cat

Look at your food's calorie content, not just at fat content. High calorie foods, which all dry foods are, will not help your cat's weight at all. To lose weight, limit the amount of calories your cat eats every day. It is suggested to eat about 20 calories per pound of ideal body weight. It is important to lose the weight slowly. Losing weight too fast can cause serious health problems. Canned and RAW foods can help you lose the extra weight. You can find out the calorie content of canned and dry foods online. There was a post in the Catster forums sometime ago about a feline who lost 8 lbs on a Fancy Feast-only diet. Dry food is not good for cats at all, though some may disagree. If you must feed some dry, feed a good quality one and make it a small portion of your daily meal. Feed more canned so that your cat is not hungry from not enough dry food.

Karen L., owner of a a Domestic Shorthair

Changing Food to Keep Cats Interested

I believe cats do get bored with their food. I rotate brands and flavors all the time, and that way, if they have a favorite, they don't get it every day. If they don't finish, I usually refrigerate it and give it to them at their next meal. Mine prefer paté style and the only chunky food they eat is Weruva, so I don't have many suggestions for chunky foods.

Julie V., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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