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Who what where

My name is Melissa and I work at the cat world at Avonturia de Vogelkelder† I am mainly concerned with nutrition and a good housing of the cat. 

Why cats?

Before I came to work here, my own two cats came to live with me. Personally, I thought it was very important that I could offer my cats the best they needed, so before they came to live with us I started reading about which food I could buy best. I also started asking around what other people were feeding their cats, and little by little I learned that it was best for my cats to choose a grain-free diet with a lot of meat in it. This of course differs per cat.

What do you want to pass on to the customer?

It is very important for your cat to choose a food that fits the needs of the cat. Many foods contain a lot of grains. These grains actually serve as a filler. It fills for a while, but the cat doesn't do anything with those grains. This means that this power goes in on one side and comes out almost unused on the other. The cat therefore has much more stools because he simply cannot do anything with these grains. When you choose a grain-free food, with a high meat percentage, you choose a food that the cat can actually do something with. This contains the right nutrients, so that you meet the needs of the cat. Where you see that from a chunk with a lot of grains you may need to feed more than 100 grams in a day – which the cat is often not satisfied with – you only need 60 grams from a grain-free chunk. 

What do you choose?

I myself started feeding Orijen, which is also available in our store. Orijen is grain-free and consists of no less than 85% meat. With two cats, a 5.4 kilo bag lasts me about 2 months. This means that they actually eat and need less than 50 grams per cat per day. For cats like ours, 60 grams is advised on the bag, so we don't even touch that.  

Of course, one of the better foods you can give your cat is a food like BARF. This really contains everything that the cat needs and of course corresponds most closely to what the cat would eat in nature. Just like in a chunk with a high meat content, the BARF that we sell in the department also contains taurine. This is very important for the cat to stimulate the growth of white blood cells. Taurine contributes to the functioning of the digestive system, the body temperature, the development of the brain and the sense of smell, but also the absorption of the good nutrients from food. With a shortage of taurine, the cat can develop symptoms of blindness, a weak immune system or, for example, nervous / aggressive behaviour. 

Many animals make the taurine themselves, unfortunately the cat does this too little itself, so we have to be there as cat staff – because let's be honest, we are the cat's staff! – making sure our cats get enough taurine. In a good diet, there is normally enough taurine to keep the cat healthy. So think of a high-quality chunk, or BARF menu

Do you have questions about nutrition? Feel free to drop by the store, so we can help you on your way and answer questions! 

Hope to see you! 

Melissa 

Melissa Cat World Blog Employee

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