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A good diet and nutrition are essential for your cat’s health. Cats have specific nutritional needs depending on their inherent breed. The anatomy of cats varies by the breed, depending on how they had adapted themselves to the environmental factors presented by the habitat in the ancient days. For instance, cats that originated in colder places used to have longer hair when compared to those that lived in an arid climates. Similarly, the behavior and disposition of cat vary depending on the same factors as well. These physical appearance and characteristic features, in turn, affect the nutritional needs of cats, and here’s how you should use it to plan your cat’s diet.
The structure and skeletal make-up of cats will play a deciding role in how the joints are exerted. This, in turn, determines the cats susceptibility to osteoarthritis and joint-related conditions. Pure cat breeds like Ragdoll or Maine Coon, have a lanky and bigger frame when compared to other cats. They are also more prone to bone and joint-related disorders. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chondroitin and glucosamine can help manage these conditions better.
Certain cat breeds like Persian cats have thick fur or long fur. These cats should have a diet that is rich in amino acids and omega fatty acids to make sure that the fur coat remains shiny by locking in moisture. Some cats may also have a tendency to accumulate hairballs from constantly grooming themselves; this is especially seen in the case of Persian cats. It is essential to have a fiber-rich diet for these cats, so the hair can easily make its way through the intestine and not form hairballs. Prebiotics and fibers help the cause.
Persian cats have a flat-faced brachycephalic jaw structure, while Maine Coons have strong jaws. The jaw structure plays a pivotal role in their capabilities to grasp food. Cat owners should take this into consideration while choosing food for their cats. For instance, if the jaw structure of the cat makes them work extra hard to grasp food, then longer kibble bits may be a good choice, so the cat can easily grab hold of the food with its tongue. Similarly, if you have a speedy eater like a Siamese, then you want to make sure that it does not suffer from stomach upsets or regurgitation as a result. Tube-shaped kibble is a good pick for such cats.
The lifestyle and habits of your cat are also an important consideration while choosing food. For instance, a cat that naps on the couch all day does not require a diet that power it with as much energy as one that is always on the prowl would require.