Indoor cats tend to live in safer and more comfortable environments than their outdoor counterparts, but prolonged exposure to indoor activities, central heating and air conditioning can compromise their potential well-being. Additionally, indoor cats tend to self-groom more often, increasing the chance of uncomfortable hairballs. As a result, an indoor cat’s dietary needs are different from those of an outdoor cat.
Why is an indoor cat formula important?
Skin and Fur — Indoor cats might experience poor skin and fur quality if exposed to air conditioning systems for prolonged periods of time. Although these systems are in less use in the UK, they can create a comfortable living environment for indoor cats, but it’s important to consider that the dry air can also lead to flaky skin and a dull coat.
Hairballs — Indoor cats spend approximately three to four hours per day self-grooming. Increased grooming can result in significant hairball formation in the cat’s digestive tract. Hairballs can form an intestinal blockage, which can be detrimental to the cat’s health if the hairball is not easily eliminated.
Weight Management — Indoor cats are less active than outdoor cats, sleeping up to 75% of the day. The resulting inactivity can lead to unhealthy weight gain, predisposing them to weight-related health concerns, such as diabetes, arthritis and even a shorter lifespan.
Litter tray Odour — Indoor cats use litter trays, thereby regularly exposing their owners to odour. Excessive stool odour can be a sign of a poorly designed diet.
What are key components of an indoor cat food formula?
Natural Oils — An indoor cat food should provide the best possible skin and fur health benefits. NUTROTM Cat Food is rich in natural oils for soft, shiny fur. These and other ingredients also provide omega fatty acids to support skin and coat health.
Fibre — Fibre is a nutrient that helps to promote intestinal health and digestion. Additionally, natural fibre blends can help minimize hairball formation. Fibre is derived from plant-based sources, such as oat fibre and beet pulp. NUTROTM Cat Food contains a blend of soluble and insoluble fibre, which provides fuel for healthy intestinal microflora and helps move material through the gut to minimize the formation of hairballs.
Ideal Calorie Content — Indoor cats are less active, and therefore require fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight than their outdoor counterparts. Foods that are formulated to contain an ideal calorie content for an indoor lifestyle can help indoor cats maintain a healthy weight. Plus, feeding guidelines should reflect a lower calorie intake with specific recommendations for inactive indoor cats.
Highly Digestible Ingredients — Targeted levels of highly digestible animal and plant proteins enable improved protein digestion and even can help control litter tray odour.