Combining nutritional supplements and snacks with micronutrients for cats – what is important?
Micronutrients are important for many of a cat’s bodily functions. But how many can and should be supplemented?
The basis for a healthy diet is always high-quality food that is conducive to the cat’s dietary requirements.
But cats do enjoy variety. Things that they hungrily eaten up today are left untouched tomorrow. Also, cats prefer several small meals throughout the day. While this is a normal behaviour for cats, it poses a challenge to the owners, especially when the cat prefers moist feed since there are no automatic feeders for this. The cat’s very inconsistent eating habits make many cat owners worry about whether their cat is really taking in sufficient levels of all the nutrients they need.
It is therefore very important that you give your cat essential, balanced micronutrients in the form of treats, snacks or a tasty paste between meals. This will provide the cat with an extra portion of especially important food components such as vitamins, taurine, high-quality polyunsaturated fat and beta-glucans to strengthen the immune system. A reputable manufacturer will ensure that snacks and pastes are composed in such a way that cats cannot be harmed by eating them. Overfeeding vitamin A in particular can lead to critical levels being reached and therefore only very low amounts should be added to the cat’s basic vitaminised foods.
Calorie intake should also be monitored, especially with cats that eat a lot but do not move around much. Snacks and pastes should always be included when calculating the daily food ration. Immediately seek advice from a vet if your cat has overweight.
Treats, snacks and pastes can otherwise be combined quite well without being in danger of a micronutrient overdose. However, cats obviously should not be given predominantly treats, snacks and pastes either. A proper, basic diet is essential for your cat’s health.