Bengal cat standing.

A complete food or a supplementary food?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COMPLETE FOOD AND A SUPPLEMENTARY FOOD?

The ideal diet mimics the availability of cat prey in the wild as well as possible. In the wild, the cat would eat several dozen small meals every day. The cat's prey is moist, which gives the cat the fluid it needs mainly from the prey it catches, making the cat's innate feeling of thirst weak. The cat's digestion completely digests the prey with its bones, viscera and stomach contents. 

From the nutrition from prey, the cat receives the following:

  • protein approx. 14%
  • moisture 70%
  • fat approx. 10%
  • from the contents of the stomach, a few percent carbohydrates and fiber
  • minerals from the bones

VARIATION AND DIVERSITY TO FEEDING

Giving the cat complete and supplementary foods daily provides variety and naturalness to the cat’s diet. Complete foods mimic the nutritional content of a prey. Vitamins and minerals have been added to complete foods so that the food meets the cat’s nutritional needs with a single meal. This is why you can offer the cat complete food every day throughout its life.

A good complete food should include meat and fat, fiber, minerals and vitamins and can be dry or wet. Dry complete food can be kept available for the cat at all times, allowing the cat to eat several meals a day when it wants. Dry complete food contains almost no moisture, so the cat should always have water available.

Supplementary food does not provide all the nutrients in one meal. A supplementary food can be, for example, a meaty meal to which certain vitamins have been added. From a meaty supplementary meal, the cat gets plenty of the protein it needs as well as vital amino acids, such as taurine and arginine. A moist supplementary meal also mimics a prey in that it has a high fluid content, allowing the cat to get the water it needs, even if it does not want to drink.
 

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