Cats are true carnivores. They have different nutritional needs from dogs or other animals. Cats are metabolically different than dogs. For instance cats require more protein than dogs. They also require the amino acid taurine in their diet.
The most common food related feline health problem in the United States is obesity. Obesity isn’t a diet problem…. it is a feeding problem. To be able to tell if your cat is overweight: put you hands on the cat’s sides. You should be able to feel its ribs without difficulty. There shouldn’t be a big layer of fat.
The best nutritional advice for cat owners is to watch your cat, not the food bowl! In most cases pet owners are feeding their cat too much. If you feed dry and are going by the feeding recommendations on the bag you are allowing the pet food manufacturers to be in charge of your cat’s feeding. They do not know YOUR cat.
Other reasons for weight problems are some cats are eating their food along with their house mate’s food or they are eating table scraps or too many cat treats.
Feline obesity leads to health related issues–diabetes, heart problems, musculoskeletal problems and arthritis to name a few.
Another reason for feline obesity is lack of exercise. Encourage your cat to play. Have stimulating toys around. Improve your relationship with your cats and take time to play with them.