What To Feed Cats

Our Top Tip: Choose a ‘Complete’ Food

‘Complete’ pet foods are carefully designed to provide all the necessary nutrients that cats need.  Members of UK Pet Food commit to formulating their diets in line with the European Pet Industry’s ‘FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines’, which detail the nutritional needs of cats (and dogs) at the varying life stages. Peer reviewed by independent veterinary nutrition experts throughout Europe, these Guidelines are the gold standard for manufacturers. 


What To Feed Cats

Feeding your cat a balanced and complete diet to meet its nutritional needs is the most important thing you can do for its health and well-being.

The type and amount of food to feed your cat depends on a variety of factors, including the cat’s age, size, activity levels and whether they have any specific health considerations. Here are our top tips and links to relevant factsheets and posters on the topic.

If you are concerned about any health issues with your cat, please get in touch with your local vet.

Different Formats of Cat Food

When considering food for your cat, it's important to prioritise the content over the format. From wet to dry, there is a range of options. Your final decision should come down to the preferences of your individual cat, as well as what works well for you.

Avoid Human Food

While some human foods are safe for cats, many are not. Foods like onions, garlic, chocolate, grapes, and raisins are toxic to cats and should be avoided.

The Importance of Protein and Taurine for Cats

Cats require a significant amount of protein in their diet. They also need certain nutrients, such as taurine.  This will have been taken into consideration by manufacturers preparing a complete food.  You can read more about specific nutritional requirements in our Nutrition section.

Water Supply

Regardless of food type, a plentiful supply of fresh, clean drinking water should always be available. We advise all owners to follow the 1+1 rule (offer one water bowl for each pet in the house plus an additional one).

How Much To Feed Cats

The amount of food to feed your cat depends on factors like their age, size, activity levels. However, always start by following the feeding guidelines on the food packaging.  The amount of food may need to be adjusted according to your cat’s individual needs.

How can I check my cat is eating the right amount?

All cat owners should monitor their cat’s size and weight using a body condition chart. At UK Pet Food, we have produced a clear Cat Size-O-Meter to help owners monitor their cat's weight and size.  If you have any concerns about your cat’s weight or size, visit your vet for advice.

Remember that some cats, such as kittens, older cats, pregnant or nursing females, and cats with medical conditions, may have specific dietary requirements. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations in these cases.