All cats, from tabbies to tigers, are obligate carnivores, meaning they must consume meat to function. Because cats are apex predators and evolved to be hunters, they must eat animal meat to thrive. Read on to see how this translates into your feline friend's ideal diet.
Why Cats Need Meat
Proteins, Fats, and Water
Fats are critical for the proper digestion, storage, and utilization of nutrients that power every part of the body. Essential fatty acids (meaning they cannot be produced in the body and must be obtained through food) are especially important. Though humans and other animals can get these acids from multiple sources, cats can't convert as much as they need from plant material. They must eat animals which have already converted this chemical for them.