Cats like to eat meat because they are obligated carnivores. Animal proteins are the only forms of protein that provide any nutritional benefit. It is not unusual to find a cat eating broccoli, grass or another green plant to help regulate her digestive system better.Continue Reading
Meat provides cats with essential amino acids necessary for survival, such as arginine and taurine. A taurine deficiency can lead to blindness, development abnormalities in kittens, and heart disease. Grass helps cleanse a cat's digestive system, assisting her in regurgitate hairballs, parasites or food that does not agree with her.
Most cats prefer fresh meat or canned food to dry kibble. Fresh meat is most attractive because it is the purest form of animal protein. The type of kibble in protein often has too high an amount of plant-based protein, such as soy, rather than animal-based protein. Dry food also has a higher count of carbohydrates, offering no nutritional value to the cat.
If a cat enjoys eating something like a potato chip, she is doing so simply due to enjoyment of the flavor. Carbohydrates offer no nutritional benefit in cats, since they are unable to convert carbs into energy. Some vets put cats on high-fiber diets to assist in weight loss.Learn more about Cats
Animals that only eat meat and do not supplement it with another type of food, such as vegetation, are called obligate carnivores, and examples of obligate carnivores are the various species of cats. Other animals classified as obligate carnivores include hawks, eagles, snakes, lizards, crocodiles, mink, seals and walruses.Full Answer >
Cats cannot smile. They do experience emotions, including happiness. Cats have several physical ways of expressing pleasure, such as high-pitched meowing, a vertically position to the tail, narrowed pupils and a low, trilling purr.Full Answer >
Cats communicate with meows, hisses, purrs, yowls and growls. A kitten meows to call its mother, but adult cats tend to use the meow almost exclusively to communicate with humans, instead of other cats. A female cat in heat yowls, or caterwauls, to attract a mate.Full Answer >
Cats, one of the most popular pets in the world today, have been companions to human beings for thousands of years; as of 2015, there are more than 500 million domestic cats worldwide. Although domesticated, these home-loving felines are carnivores and share a keen hunting instinct with their wild cousins.Full Answer >