Protein, fat and fibre - key nutrients for healthy cats

With so many different cat food options on the market it can be difficult to know which one is right for your cat.

Here are some tips on how to make sure your cat is getting the right amounts of vital nutrients in their food.

The Importance of High Quality Protein

Not all protein sources are the same when it comes to feeding your cat. Cats are carnivores and require a diet high in fat and essential nutrients that aren't found in plant proteins such as soybean meal. EUKANUBA cat food products contain animal-based proteins that provide all the essential amino acid requirements, like taurine, for cats. In addition, special refining and quality assurance tests ensure that we use only high-quality, highly digestible protein sources for increased digestibility.

The Importance of Fatty Acids

There are two important types of fatty acids for cats – omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids, found in chicken fat and corn, are essential for maintenance of skin and coat and proper membrane structure.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in ingredients such as fish meal. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important in blood clotting and decreasing inflammation, among other things. All EUKANUBA cat foods contain sources of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

The Right Type of Fibre

Our research has shown that moderately fermentable fibre, such as beet pulp, supports intestinal health. The fermentable part of the fibre is broken down by intestinal bacteria to provide short-chain fatty acids, an energy source for intestinal cells. The non-fermentable component provides bulk for normal stools.

Using only highly fermentable fibres can cause problems, such as excess gas, while using only non-fermentable fibers, such as peanut hulls, promotes excess stool volume, because they are of no nutritional value.

Beet pulp is found in all EUKANUBA cat foods to support your cat's digestive health.