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Dry cat food, a popular form of cat food, can be a good basis for your cat's health. Good dry cat food, made from healthy ingredients, helps ensure a healthy cat. When choosing a dry cat food, ensure that it provides your cat with proper nutrition.

Cats are carnivores by nature, meaning they need animal proteins to stay healthy. Ingredients are listed on cat food labels the same way they are on human food labels: in order of weight. Be sure the dry cat food you select contains proteins such as meat, egg, or fish as one of the first ingredients listed. Many bargain brands of dry cat food list "meat by-products" which are not the same thing as meat. Look for dry cat food that contains actual meat, since this is healthier for your cat.

Dry cat food can be the easiest to store and feed your cat, and is often the least expensive type of cat food. Some cats prefer canned food, which is easier to chew and can be easier to digest than dry food. If you want your cat to eat dry cat food but he refuses to eat anything other than canned food, try mixing a little canned food with the dry cat food. Most cats benefit from a mix of either canned or semi-moist food along with some dry cat food, since dry cat food can be important for your cat's dental health. Chewing dry cat food helps reduce plaque buildup on your cat's teeth and gums.

Be aware that some dry cat food may contain high levels of magnesium, which may contribute to Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). This can be a particularly serious problem for male cats. Some cat food manufacturers produce specifically-formulated dry cat food to promote urinary tract health in cats. If you have concerns about your cat's urinary tract health or would like recommendations on particular brands of dry cat food, talk to your veterinarian.

While eating the same food every day may seem boring to humans, cats thrive on a consistent diet. Normal bacteria in your catís digestive system are important for his health. Changing foods can upset the balance of bacteria, causing intestinal problems. If you choose to alter your cat's diet, do so gradually. Mix a small amount of the new dry cat food into the food your cat normally eats, and increase the amount of new food over a period of several days.

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