Cats are beloved pets to many people and are often treated much like the owner’s child. Owning a pet can be very expensive when food costs, litter, and veterinarian bills are considered; however, certain products are created to save costs. Products like the cat food spatula in Hatfield, PA, may cut food costs by ensuring that no contents of a wet food can go wasted.
Cat food is made with the specific dietary needs of the “feline friend” in mind. Cats require certain amino acids in their diet such as taurine; however, during the manufacturing of the food, this amino acid may be degraded due to high levels of heat, pressure, and chemical treatments. Because of this, certain nutrients are added to the food after it goes through the manufacturing process. It is important that cats are fed food that is specifically made for them and not for other animals such as dogs. Dog food lacks many of the essential amino acids that cats need for optimum health. Deficiency of such amino acids and nutrients can lead to cardiac and eye problems.
Because cats are natural hunters and are able to fend for themselves, the manufacturing of cat food began much later than the manufacturing of dog food. Centuries ago, cats were mostly kept for their ability to hunt and catch mice. Many owners of cats during this time were under the impression that after eating the mice, cats had their dietary needs met; however, in the mid-1800s French writers began to criticize this idea. This particular writer stated that cats are more likely to play with the mice than eat them, and with a lack of other food sources, the cat may become too malnourished to hunt. In the late 1800s, a writer and medical doctor by the name of Gordon Stables emphasized the importance of feeding cats regularly and sufficiently. He stated that all cats should be fed at least two meals a day for optimum health and hunting skills. Shortly after, the dog food company “Spratt” began to advertise their “superior” cat food brand.
Today, cat food comes in two forms, including wet and dry. Dry food is cooked in high temperatures and pressures. After the cooking process is completed, heat sensitive vitamins and fats are added to the food. Wet food is generally canned but may be found in pouches or plastic containers. Vegan and vegetarian food exists for cats and dogs; however, it is important that if the owners choose this type of food that essential vitamins are added to it. Some owners may choose to make their cat’s food themselves. If this is done, it is important to be aware of the cat’s nutritional needs. This can be done by looking at the nutrient chart designed for cats. Many owners may feel that commercial cat food is made with unhealthy ingredients. Commercial dog and cat food is mostly made with animal byproducts, or the parts of animals that are not intended for human consumption.
Canned and packaged wet food may be more appealing to owners and their cats alike. Wet food tends to be more costly, particularly if the higher-quality brands are purchased. In canned food, there are often scraps of food remaining at the bottom of the can that an owner may discard; however, using products such as the cat food spatula in Hatfield, PA, may make getting the pesky remaining scraps to the cat’s bowl a bit easier.