What Is the Best Food & Nutrition for Indoor Cats? | NUTRO™

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 due to prolonged exposure to HVAC systems. Although HVAC systems create a comfortable living environment for indoor cats, dry air can 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, osteoarthritis and even a shorter lifespan.

Litter Box Odor — Indoor cats use litter boxes, thereby regularly exposing their owners to odor. Excessive stool odor 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.NUTRO™ Indoor Cat Food is rich in natural oils for soft, shiny fur. Ingredients, such as soybean oil and flaxseed, provide omega fatty acids to support skin and coat health.

Fiber — Fiber is a nutrient that helps to promote intestinal health and digestion. Additionally, natural fiber blends can help minimize hairball formation. Fiber is derived from plant-based sources, such as oat fiber and beet pulp. NUTRO™ Indoor Cat Food contains a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber, 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 box odor.

For a natural cat food designed specifically for indoor cats, try NUTRO™ Indoor Cat Food

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