It is not recommended to combine natural food and feed for cats. Moreover, it makes no sense. Dry and wet food (they can be combined, alternated, supplemented) is a complete diet, so no additives in the form of a piece of fresh meat or grated vegetables are required.
From the point of view of science, the combination of "natural" and feed has a negative impact:
Due to the difference in moisture level, it is not possible to calculate the calorie content, to accurately determine the amount of food and the ratio of various components - the diet will not be complete, there is a risk of weight gain / loss.
If the cat does not suffer from an additional source of meat, then the oversaturation of individual vitamins, micro- or macroelements can lead to poisoning, allergies, and disturbances in the digestive tract. The feed contains a daily dose of the main useful components. Overdose can occur if you additionally give natural foods rich in them. If this is an isolated case, the health risks are minimal, if you constantly combine diets, the pet's health will be at risk.
Cats do not require a lot of variety in their food. If they refuse to eat the same foods, the food is likely out of balance. Just switch to a different feed, but do it gradually. Any changes in the diet should be smooth, over one to two weeks.
Natural cat food is not the same as human food. If the owner chooses such a feeding method, a diet should be drawn up (preferably in conjunction with a veterinarian), in which vegetables, fruits and, of course, meat are necessarily present. It is not recommended to give fish on a regular basis - the fact that cats love fish is a rather old myth.
Combining natural food for cats with industrial food is not recommended, as far as I know, for a simple reason - the stomach of the tailed beasts gets used to one food, and alternating food or a sharp transition from one to another can cause stress both in the pet and in its gastrointestinal tract.
Wet and dry food, in principle, is not forbidden to combine, but just not at one moment, that is, one feeding - one type of feed. Otherwise, it is quite difficult to digest such a "porridge" from dry and wet food. Although I have never met a cat / cat that would eat everything and at one time - both dry and not dry))
A common scheme is a constant bowl of dry food and wet in the morning / evening or a couple once a day.
In general, if you feed your cat a good super premium or holistic food, you can safely do without wet food or leave it as a treat / reward for the pet. How to choose food is, of course, another question. But no matter what the pussy bought, it should be understood that it is difficult to call whiskas even food, so the owner who loves his pet will never choose him.
Fresh drinking water is freely available and in sufficient quantity - A NECESSITY!
The answer to your question will depend on the age and health problems of a particular cat, as well as on your financial capabilities and the ability to regularly prepare food separately for the cat at home, if you decide. There are no universal approaches. Proceed from the individual characteristics of your pet.
It cannot be said that all cats fed exclusively with factory food all their lives lived longer than their, say, yard cousins, who can live on smoked sausage, milk until old age and ordinary soups-porridges (it happens). Although it is believed that the food is more balanced and preferable, there is no single opinion on this matter. Here, as well as with people who lead an unhealthy lifestyle that way for 90 years. It is impossible to predict with which food your belly will last longer. Choose, study the composition of industrial feed. As for the natural woman, I can say that you are unlikely to be able to independently determine the proportions of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats that your cat needs every day at home. And it is not always possible for a cat to be given what she WANTS. Yes, you can argue about this forever and cite as an example the memorable courtyard cats who have been unpretentious all their lives eating whatever they get and no one has died. Or maybe he died.
It is better to feed either natural food or food, not to combine, since digestion is rebuilt accordingly: either the digestive tract gives up water, or takes it away, as is the case with dry food. Fresh water should always be freely available.
Human food should not be fed, since it is still a cat's food and therefore with its own needs, as for food - not all of them are equally useful, and even in extra- class periodically manage to find harmful compounds and substances that are addictive.
As for my cat - she was natural, there were cheap whiskas-kitikets. With the natural food, it was not possible to feed and balance the diet correctly on time, based on the individual needs of my cat, an allergy opened up to cheap ones, as a result, including after sterilization, they switched to PURINA PRO PLAN Dry food for sterilized cats, which so far we are happy with, but always in search of better and better quality. Personally, it is more convenient for me to feed the already purchased food - I poured it in - and no problem, the cat eats regularly.
By the way, the sterilized and castrated should have a special diet.
You can feed your cat with regular food, my cat eats chicken wings with pleasure, just raw chicken (you can also boiled it), liver, fish, eggs, shrimp, dairy products. All his life he has eaten such food, He is now 16 years old and feels great. But food often causes gastrointestinal disturbances.
Proper nutrition for cats: dry food + wet once a week. But if you feed your cat with dry food, then it should always have a bowl of water.
There are many opinions about combining "food from the table" and feed. But I still think that you cannot feed pets with what you eat, because this food is fried / salty / peppery, and therefore harmful to your pet.
I'm also against amateur performances, namely cooking food for a pet such as a raw fish / chicken, you never know what a pet can pick up after tasting such a treat.
We are not in the Middle Ages now, veterinarians have long been developed for cats / cats / kittens, neutered / unsterilized, neutered / non-castrated special food, which contains all the necessary components for the diet of pets. Take care of the health of your furry family members and they will repay you with their love, affection and a happy purr: Z