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It is becoming increasingly common for cats to live only inside the house. This protects them from outside predators, disease, and cars. Felines are protected from the dangers of wild fauna. Cats who live indoors tend to be less active. They sleep more. Indoor cats also groom themselves much more than their outdoor counterparts. Such a life means indoor felines have different nutritional requirements compared to outdoor ones.
Fiber is necessary
Cats are obligate carnivores. The feline's digestive tract
is shorter than a dog's. This permits meat to be quickly digested. Cats have no
nutritional needs for fiber in their food. It is to be kept in mind, that a
cat's food in its natural state would be inclusive of bones and fur in addition
to meat. The bones and the fur cannot be digested and does fiber's function
inside the digestive system. This helps the animal's body to function as it
should. Thus it is essential that fiber must be included in the cat's diet so
that it makes up for the natural fiber the cat would enjoy if it hunts in the
wild. Fiber can be regarded as an essential component of the diet of the cat.
Fats are carbohydrates which cannot be digested in the body.
Fibers are two kinds: insoluble and soluble. The soluble fibres get dissolved
in water. The water cannot dissolve the insoluble fiber. It remains intact
while it gets transported through the cat's digestive system. Majority of the
sources of food fiber have both insoluble fibers and soluble fibers. Both of
them can reduce diarrhea and constipation. Moisture gets absorbed by soluble
fiber and assists to minimize diarrhea incidents. The insoluble fiber assists
to increase the bulk matter located in the digestive system. It helps to move
the matter and thus constipation related incidents.
Inactivity and hairballs
Since indoor cats are usually inactive, they are much more
probable to be overweight. The increase of fiber amount helps the cat to feel
full, leading to less quantity of food being consumed. Fiber thus assists in
weight management. Since cats are obligate carnivores, a protein and fat rich
diet, with low digestible carbohydrates along with more dietary fiber would
help to promote a healthy and lean weight.
Hairballs are a common
problem in indoor cats. It is calculated that an indoor cat spends about four
hours every day grooming itself. An indoor cat, during this process, could take
into its system large quantities of hair that can ball itself up within the
digestive tract. This causes digestive upset. An increase in fiber content in
the cat's diet assists to push the hairball through the digestive tract. It
thus reduces any digestive upset risk resulting in hairballs vomit.