As a feline veterinarian in West Los Angeles, I work with a lot of image-conscious cat owners who frequently ask me about feline nutrition. It can be one of the most important decisions one makes with regard to the health and well being of their pet. They are obligate carnivores, which means that they thrive on a diet that consists of the flesh of other creatures. They are uniquely adapted to consume rodents and other small creatures and have evolved to eat them raw.
Cats do not have any carbohydrate requirements and are able to get most of their fluid intake from what they eat. Dry kibble provides them with excessive carbohydrates and not enough water. The best thing to feed a cat is raw meat. You can make the food yourself or buy pre-made mixes which are available frozen or dehydrated.
The following are some great options of available frozen complete diets that I recommend:
Rad Cat Raw Diet
To save money, you can mix pre-ground meat/bone/organ mixes with pre-mixed supplements. The following are some I recommend:
Whole Foods 4 Pets
The following companies provide supplement mixes to add to the meat for a complete diet: Alnutrin
I recommend using a combination of different methods when feeding cats raw meat diets. An easy way to supplement their diet is by feeding them whole parts such as chicken wings, necks and gizzards which also provide chewing exercise (it helps keep their teeth, gums and jaws healthy). If you feed your cat a raw meat diet, you will see improvements in your their energy, coat and digestion.
Dr. Elyse Kent DVM is the primary veterinarian and founder of Elite Cat Care in West Los Angeles.