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Perhaps because cats are soft and cuddly, cat owners have a tendency to pamper them silly with a ‘more deluxe’ mindset when it comes to purchasing cat food products. While your kitty will doubtless enjoy and benefit from his cozy pillow bed and to-chase toys, when it comes to diet, you’ve got to be a little more health conscious for his sake. Let’s take a look at how marketing cat food products influences you, Kittie’s guardian, and how certain marketing techniques might adversely affect your cat’s health.
Left to their own devices, cats, being hunters by nature, tend to track down rodents and birds, as available. As unpleasant as the visual may be, do you know that cats consume their prey in a rather undiscriminating manner bones, tails, feathers and all. Most cat owners don’t exactly enjoy watching such a demonstration, as Kitty indelicately lunches on one of these small creatures. Nonetheless, this is how wild cats survive.
Now, at the other extreme, you’ve surely seen the TV ads promoting cat food products which are supposedly eaten by only the upper crust of cat civilization, served up in crystal dishes. The only thing missing is Kitty’s white linen napkin, tied around his royal neck.
So where should the emphasis be? Duh. Probably on a well-balanced cat food product, which gives Kitty – and you – the best assurance of a long, healthy life, at least in terms of his dietary needs.
Cats are well known to be finicky eaters, but they weren’t born that way! (Think natural habitat.) Most cats who are introduced to canned cat food (the more odoriferous, the better), soon become those poster cats for finickiness. The kibble type of food is typically more nutritious and helps keep their teeth sharp. How about a happy medium? A mix of kibble and a bit of the smelly stuff should make any cat a happy diner. If you start them off on this type of eating program at an early age, the less likely they are to become cat food snobs.
At the same time, all cat food products are not the same, in terms of nutritive value. Your best bet is to consult your vet. Vets know the dietary requirements of cats and can steer you to some good brands, or tell you what to look for when shopping for cat food products.
Now, in the case where you have a cat that has learned to turn up his nose at almost everything, all is not lost! You can train your cat to eat what you put on his plate… if he doesn’t like the nutritious and even smelly meal put before him, he’ll learn to adore the nutritious cat food products you provide when he’s hungry. This is not cat cruelty, it’s a reality check!