We all know that when it comes to diet and nutrition, you are what you eat. However, this is also true for cats, who need a carefully balanced, wholesome diet to lead a long and healthy life.

Ensuring your cat receives the right food, as well as the right amount of food, based on their life stage, general health and lifestyle will not only help keep their teeth, bones, coat and internal organs healthy, but can also help prevent diet-related health problems, such as diabetes, pancreatitis and food allergies.

Here you can learn all the basics of feline nutrition, including what constitutes a healthy feline diet and information around toxic foods, cat treats and obesity.

Obesity in cats

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 8 out of 10 pet owners feel their pet is a “normal healthy” weight. However, APOP estimates that 59% of cats in the United States are, in fact, overweight or obese.

Healthy diet for cats

A good diet is essential to your feline friend’s overall health. Providing your cat with all the nutrients they need to stay happy and healthy will help reduce the risk of them developing diet-related diseases and health problems in the future.

Toxic food for pets

Cats are curious by nature, and unlike dogs, can easily explore those harder to reach places around the home. However, it may surprise you to learn that some human foods could be toxic for your cat.