• Dr Grant Hampson

Guide to the best diet for your cat

When it comes to giving your cat the best, we happen to know a thing or two. We also happen to know a few more things about cat nutrition, so all in all you've come to the right place for advice on what to feed your cat.

There's so much information (and misinformation) out there, but we've broken down some of the most popular diets down for you so you can see which ones will most benefit your cat.

Ancestral and Fresh:

Without a doubt the best diets we can be feeding our cats are those that are perfectly formulated and match that of their ancestors. Fresh diets like KatKin are relatively new to the market and closely reflect what their ancestral counterparts ate. The fats, proteins and fibres in fresh diets are highly digestible when compared to kibble diets. The bacteria that live within the gastrointestinal tract of cats is known as the microbiome, fresh diets have a reduction in pathogenic bacteria but retain the beneficial bacteria.

Fresh diets give cats more energy, better digestion and improves their coat quality. If it sounds like something you want for your cat - build your starter box today.

Supermarket food (those on the shelf):

Many dry biscuit diets are produced through a very unnatural process known as extrusion. During extrusion the ingredients are placed under extremely high heat and intense pressures. The temperature is between 200-250° F, sometimes higher! Once the cat food has gone through this intense process, the food is pushed through a mould, like playdough, and cut into shapes.

There is some thought that this intense process can damage the nutritional integrity of the end product, including damaging sensitive vitamins and fats, which can influence the natural flavours and some companies add flavour enhancers.


That has been a rise in popularity of raw diets for both dogs and cats. Whilst there are many cats coping on raw diets there are a few things to consider. Raw foods are manufactured in many different ways, and while raw foods produced by experienced companies may well be balanced, those produced by less experienced people and those made at home are at risk of being unbalanced and leave your cat susceptible to nutritional deficiencies.

Depending on the manufacturing process, there is a risk of bones being left in the food, which can sometimes be sharp. Bones in food can be very dangerous if ingested, damaging the gastrointestinal tract of your cat.

Another danger of raw foods is the risk of pathogens. Dangerous microbes are usually killed through the cooking of foods. Raw foods can contain high levels of dangerous pathogens that pose a risk to both cats and humans.

Home Cooked:

Producing a highly nutritious and balanced cat food at home can be extremely difficult and if not done properly can leave cats very susceptible to severe nutritional deficiencies. Some foods that are completely safe for humans to eat can be very toxic to cats and if unaware of these toxic foods you could put your cat in danger if you expose them to these foods.

Unless you have a highly skilled veterinary nutritionist to guide you through the process, it is recommended to avoid making home cooked diets for your cat.


Many people are transitioning onto plant based diets for a multitude of reasons ranging from ethics to sustainability. Whilst this is a suitable move for human beings, it is not always considered a safe choice of diet for cats.

Cats are considered obligate carnivores, meaning they rely solely on meat to sustain their nutritional requirements, and have shorter digestive tracts that are not well suited for plant based material. Their digestive system is purpose built for digesting meat, and has the prime mechanisms for breaking down protein.

Cats carnivorous ancestry means cats require high levels of protein which is difficult to match with plant based diets. A cat's ancestral diets contained very few carbohydrates. Therefore their domestic counterparts also struggle to digest carbohydrates, meaning they are of very limited nutritional value to cats.

If you have any questions about our Fresh diet, our perfect portioning for your cat's needs, or just to for a chat, get in touch at meow@katkin.com

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