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It’s instinctive for cats to hunt for their food. But in our homes, they rely on us to provide them with everything their bodies require to help them lead an extraordinary life. The more we know about cat nutrition, the better we can meet our cats’ needs. 

Here is an overview of the different nutritional elements your cat needs to help them live a healthy life:

  • Protein
    Cats are carnivores, which means that protein is a key source of energy. They love the flavors and the high-quality protein that sources like meat, fish or poultry provide. 

  • Dietary Fats and Omega Fatty Acids
    Energy-rich fats provide essential fatty acids and support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. Omega-3 and Omega-6 help support your cat's healthy skin and coat and have other important biological functions.

  • Carbohydrate
    Carbohydrate can be another source of energy for your cat. Purina scientists have conducted research that shows cats can and do readily use carbohydrate sources for energy.

  • Vitamins and Minerals
    Vitamins and minerals do so much for your cat – a healthy mix of them supports the immune system, helps his or her coat stay shiny and healthy, and plays an important role in many other body functions.

  • Water
    Your cat needs plenty of water to stay hydrated – make sure there is always fresh water available in a clean container.

To dig deeper into feeding your cat, read Feeding Your Cat or Kitten the Pro Plan® Way and Healthy Hydration: Four Ways to Help Your Cat Get Enough Water. Or explore our 3 unique nutritional platforms with complete and balanced nutrition to find the formula of Purina® Pro Plan® that’s right for your cat.