cat nutrition

GranataPet stands for nature-oriented, species-appropriate and balanced pet food. Therefore we would like to accompany you not only with our products, but also provide you with valuable information. In the following you will find some basic facts about cat nutrition. Further information can also be found in our FAQs.

dry food or wet food? 

Cats can be fully fed with high-quality dry food as well as with high-quality wet food. In both cases it is important that the food does not contain any cereals, as the cat's digestive system is not designed to digest them.

Advantages dry food

  • natural dental care

When chewing the dry food, the teeth of your cat are cleaned. On the one hand, the salivation is stimulated, which results in less plaque and on the other hand, less residue remains in the interdental spaces. 

  • less packaging

For the environment, the feeding of dried fodder is much more beneficial, as less packaging waste is produced. Depending on size, one bag can last for a month or even longer. In contrast, a wet food can should be used up within 1-2 days after opening. If there are several cats living in your household and you would like to feed them wet food, we also offer our DeliCATessen in 800g cans - so you can reduce the packaging waste. 

You should pay attention to this when feeding dry food: 

  • weight control

Dried food is an energy concentrate - which means that calories and nutrients are abundant in a small amount of food. Wet food, on the other hand, contains up to five times as much water, which means that the calorie count is lower for the same amount compared to dry food. It is therefore particularly important with dry food to determine and maintain the correct amount of food in order to avoid both overweight and underweight.

On the other hand, dried fodder is also particularly effective when a targeted weight gain or loss is required. For neutered cats we offer a special, low-calorie Sterilised dry food for gentle weight control, while our dry food for kittens is particularly rich in high-quality proteins. 

  • fluid regulation 

Wet food, as mentioned above, contains up to five times more water, so cats absorb enough water from the food alone and need very little extra water. Dry food contains less water, so your cats will need to drink significantly more water.

Since cats are descended from desert dwellers, they can get by with little liquid. As a result, the urine is very concentrated, which can lead to urinary semen or urinary stones. Our recipes with only high-quality meat and valuable natural vitamins and minerals help to keep the urine pH in the acidic range, so that urinary stones do not form in the first place.

Our tip: You can encourage your cat to drink through a drinking fountain or by adding cat milk to the water.

But beware, if your cat drinks too much, this is usually a sign of a health problem such as kidney failure or diabetes.


Advantages of wet feed

  • natural fluid intake

Due to the high water content in wet food, your cat does not need to drink much and remains constantly hydrated. Our high-quality wet food can cover almost the entire moisture needs of your cat. Especially for cats with a tendency to urinary calculus, feeding wet food is therefore recommended.

  • high acceptance through natural nutrition

In most cases the acceptance of wet fodder is higher than that of dry fodder. This is partly due to the fact that the natural aromas can develop better thanks to the high water content and the soft substance, which is much closer to a prey animal in nature, makes the feed more attractive.

You should pay attention to this when feeding wet food:

  • perishability

Never leave wet food open for more than a few hours. If your cat hasn't eaten everything before the next meal, you should dispose of the leftovers, rinse the bowl thoroughly and only then put the fresh meal into the bowl. Opened wet food packages should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container - but again, no longer than three days at most. Before you feed the food from the refrigerator, you should warm it up again, as cats do not tolerate cold or chilly food well. 

FEEDING CATS PROPERLY - OUR RECOMMENDATION: 

Fill the feeding bowls according to the feeding recommendation on the package, ideally you should divide the daily ration for kittens into at least 3-4 portions. After a few weeks you can already switch to feeding twice a day.

For this purpose your cat would like a bowl of water (the water does not have to be completely fresh and especially not cooled - cats like the water to be slightly "stale" and at room temperature), renewing it once a day is sufficient. It is useful to have at least two bowls for solid food at home. This way you can clean one bowl in peace while you feed from the other. It is important that the bowls are stable so that your cat cannot spill the food and water.

For cats it is very important that the water bowl is placed at least two metres away from the food bowl or even in a different room than the food bowls, because cats actually do not like to drink directly where they eat. And don't be surprised: Cats like to take up water in the most impossible places, no matter how beautiful and ideally placed drinking bowls are: Drops on a window pane or on (hopefully not poisonous!) houseplants, from flowerpots, aquariums or dripping water taps and from puddles - all this is quite normal.

CAT GRASS & CATNIP - DELICIOUS EXTRA! 

Cat grass does not serve the actual nutrition, since it cannot be digested. Rather, it is there for stomach and intestinal cleansing, especially if your cat has swallowed too much of her own hair while cleaning. The plant fibres promote the vomiting of hairballs and thus prevent them from jamming in the cat's stomach.