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The No. 1 Thing You Need to Know About Feeding Your Cat

Have house cats retained the wisdom of their wild cousins when it comes to fulfilling their daily nutritional requirements? Apparently yes, according to this study. If you are owned by a cat, this may be the most important information you'll ever see about feeding your pet.

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  • A study on feline nutrition shows that pet cats have the ability to select and combine different types of foods to meet their daily nutritional requirements
  • The cats in the study consistently selected combinations of food that provided about 52% protein, 36% fat, and 12% carbohydrates — proportions that are in line with the results of an earlier study that represents the most extensive analysis of macronutrient regulation ever conducted on a carnivore
  • When offering dietary variety to your cat (which I highly recommend), it's important to present alternatives to kibble, which doesn't provide the moisture cats require
  • It's also important to feed portion-controlled meals rather than free-feeding, since most cats will overeat given the opportunity

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