Cats come running when they hear the tinkling sound of kibble in a bowl or the metallic creak of an opening can.
Cats are notorious for being picky, but profound eaters.
In America, cats eat hard kibble or moist cat food from cans, but what are cat diets in Europe like?
In America, cat foods often include beef and chicken, which are common and readily available.
Many American cat foods contain by-products and parts of animals that are rejected for human consumption, such as tendons, hearts, and organs.
In European countries, where other meat sources are more prevalent, cat diets may contain rabbit, duck, or lamb.
Many kibble brands in Europe mirror American brands: Royal Canin, Iams, Purina, and Whiskas.
European cat diets often include both dry and wet cat foods. Each country also produces its own commercial brands. Just as in America, more premium (and thus expensive) brands exist.
These include Orijen, Nature’s Menu, Almo Nature, and Cosma. Europeans generally spend more on wet food varieties.
Cat owners who are concerned with feeding high quality foods look for foods that are high in pure meat products, low in by-products, and low in grains.
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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that most of their vitamin requirements are met by consuming protein.
Of all European countries, Turkey probably has the biggest love for cats.
Istanbul is a hot spot for strays and beloved house cats alike, as well as the people who love them.
Residents of Istanbul frequently feed homeless cats and make windowsills, patios, and yards comfortable places for stray cats to find rest.
Cats have been a respected animal in Turkey since the Byzantine Empire, and Muslim lore tells a story of a cat that prevented a venomous snake from biting the Prophet Mohammed.
Even cafes in some Turkish cities are friendly and open to cats and their owners.
But perhaps the most charming part of this cat-loving city is the care the Turks put into the diets of cats.
All cats, including strays that congregate in the busy city streets, are frequently fed milk and cream, table scraps and leftovers, as well as commercial cat foods. Turkish cities are truly places where cats can eat like kings.
In less economically wealthy countries, such as those in Eastern Europe, cats diets still consist of leftovers, table scraps, and raw and cooked meat, as commercial cat foods may not be as readily available as in more wealthy countries.
Cats are considered one of the more beneficial pets around the world. They are said to reduce the stress levels of the people who keep them and care for them, and some scientists claim that cat owners live longer.
Cat owners know that their feline companions make their lives more complete, and they make great efforts to keep them well-fed.