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Did you know that including fat in your cat’s diet may actually be good for it? Now, fat has traditionally been looked on as an enemy that should be steered away from. However, you may be surprised to know that fat may be one of the most misunderstood things in a diet! However, the fact is that a little bit of fat is not only healthy, but also vital for your cat’s life. While this may sound very surprising, it won’t when you understand how fat can actually benefit your cat.Types of fat
The first thing to know about fat is that there are two types of fat- good fat and bad fat. The good fat can be easily digested by your cat so that it can be used as a great energy source. Fats can be classified in numerous ways, based on how the fatty acids that constitute them are structured. The kind of fat that is essential for cats is commonly known as Omega-3 and Omeg-6. Presence of these fats in your cat’s food can go a long way in helping it lead a healthier and more active life.The reason these fats are so important to a cat is that they cannot be naturally synthesized by the cat’s body. As such, without the inclusion of these fats in a cat’s diet, the cat is missing out on a lot of health benefits. These oils can prevent skin diseases, arthritis, kidney diseases, leukaemia, deficiencies in the immune system and a host of other undesirable disorders, these oils are also used in alleviating these medical conditions.Source of energy
A certain amount of digestible fat is advisable as it is a richer source of energy than even protein and carbohydrates. Fat constitutes a part of a cat’s brain cell membranes and neural pathways. Needless to say, having good fat in your cat’s diet can help boost the health of these cells and improve the neural communication of your cat’s brain cells. It also helps in better production of hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, thereby keeping your cat active and lively.Essential fats are available in fish, poultry, beef and pork. The fat in these meats contain Linoleic acid. Omega 3 is found in fish oil, flax seed and krill. Corn and soybean are other sources of Linoleic acid. In order to give your cat the perfect diet, you may have to provide a blend of these elements in your cat’s food
. It is important to note here that you will have to do so in consultation with experts who will guide you better as to how you can make optimal use of these fats. Too much of anything is too bad, and the same goes for essential fats too.