Helping an animal adjust to life in a dominantly human habitat is not an easy task for a devoted pet owner. Coming up with an appropriate diet for pets has given rise to much debate. The industry overtly promotes dry food and processed nutrients for home-nurtured cats, advocating professional studies and research involved in choosing the best ingredients for your pet’s diet.
A newly conducted research, however, pointed out that cats which are consistently fed dry meals are likely to become reluctant to trying other types of nutrients, including home-cooked food or raw products.
The results were pointed out after closely examining the behavior of 18 cats, divided into 2 groups. The first group was firstly served moist foods on a regular basis; afterwards, their diet was switched to kibble and dry meals. The second group was kept solely on a dry nutrition system. When the transition to moist foods was attempted, it was revealed that cats which had been served this kind of diet in the beginning were more eager to return to their former diet, as opposed to cats which have been fed dry food all along.
The purpose of the study was to cast a light onto the dietary preferences of home-nurtured cats and the benefits of promoting variety in terms of pet feeding. The main outcome of nutritional diversity showed that a diet based on both canned goodies and raw food is more likely to maintain a balanced weight and to help develop a more active personality. And all cat owners want this for their cats, don’t they?