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Fat always gets a bad reputation when it comes to nutrition and health. Naturally, our reaction to fats is the same when we find it in our cat’s food. However, the truth is that a certain amount of fats are necessary and even, important for your cat’s overall health.How you ask? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to discuss in this write-up. But, before we do that, let’s take a look at what fat is.Fats
Cat food comes with all kinds of fat and each of those fats offers a unique set of benefits. The fat found in cat food isn’t hard to digest and they offer your cat energy. Fats are basically composed of fatty acids, which serve as the building blocks for the various kinds of fat. These fatty acids can be classified based on a range of factors such as the length of the carbon-chain. For instance, there are short-chain fatty acids, medium-chain fatty acids, and long-chain fatty acids.They can also be classified as saturated fats, poly-unsaturated fats, and unsaturated fats. This type of classification is based on the number of carbon atom bonds found in the backbone. Additionally, they can also be classified on the basis of the location of the carbon atom bonding. Examples of this type of classification include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.Benefits
Fats that are not synthesized in your cat’s body are called “Essential Fatty Acids”. You cat needs these fats to be included in her/his usual diet. In fact, that’s why they are called “Essential Fatty Acids”. To be more specific, essential fatty acids for cats include arachidonic acid and linoleic acid. Both these fatty acids fall under the omega-6 fatty acid classification.Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are not technically essential. However, they are added to cat food due to the many benefits they offer, such as improving brain functions and healing inflammation.Fats offer a ton of benefits for cats. This includes:
- Providing your cat with energy. Fats are a good source of energy. In fact, they are richer sources of energy than proteins or carbohydrates.
- Helping with the development of cell membranes. Fats also help with the transportation of nutrients across those cell membranes.
- Helping with improving nerve signal transmissions.
- Helping with the production of hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.
- Helping with the absorption of vitamins such as A, D, E, and K, which are also known as “fat soluble vitamins”.
Lastly, fats also make cat food more palatable and filling, which is helpful if you don’t want your cat making a fuss.