Choosing the best food for your Siamese can be a very difficult task because there are so many great choices out there.
Do not become overwhelmed with the different varieties of foods available for your Siamese cat-we have laid out all you need to know so you and your pet can stay healthy, satisfied and feeling great.
Siamese are special in many ways, but their nutritional needs are a lot like other cats.
You will want to place most of the focus on creating a healthy balance of protein for healthy body tissue, carbs to provide energy, fats as a way of absorbing vitamins and promoting a shiny coat, and minerals for skin and fur health.
Let us show you first what to look out for when choosing the right food for your Siamese cat. After that, we will show you some great examples you can get when it comes to wet food, dry food and food for Siamese kittens.
Choosing the Right Variety: What Makes A Food Good?
Cat food labels can be very confusing! After all we are not veterinarians or food scientists, so we have to rely upon looking at food labels on our pets’ food to make sure we are getting them the best nutrition available.
When you look at a food label, treat it like you would your own food. The first ingredient is the most prevalent one.
Therefore, if you see “chicken” on the list first, this means the food is high in protein. If you see corn first, then this food is carb-heavy and full of “fillers.”
Your Siamese’s food should not contain high carb amounts. Cats are carnivores, so that means meat should always be the first ingredient or the second at the very least.
As a basic guideline, your Siamese needs:
- Minimum 28% protein
- Carbohydrates 36%
- Fiber 3%
- Vitamins 2%
- Fat 21%
- Minerals 6%
- 31 to 32% normal
We also know that many Siamese have sensitive stomachs, so that will be another thing to consider when choosing the food you would like them to eat. You will want to aim for foods that have digestible proteins that enable their body to take in more nutrients.
Proteins and fats are the stuff that help your pet stay full and keep their amino acids up. As nature would have it, cats can only produce about 12 of the 23 needed amino acids.
The rest have to come from being fed a good quality animal-based protein diet. Cats cannot produce taurine and arginine. The latter helps the liver remove ammonia while the former is necessary for good heart and muscle health.
You can find good amino acids in:
Healthy adult cats do not have a need for carbs, but glucose, which is a simple carb, is necessary for good metabolic health. Most cells in the body use glucose as their main energy source.
Some cells can use other methods of energy like fatty acids, but organs like the brain, kidneys and even red blood cells need a constant supply of glucose.
This is met by digesting carbs in food or making glucose from amino acids and glycerol.
Consuming too many carbs can lead your cat to develop:
- Issues digesting properly
The fatty acids cats need are a bit hard to pronounce but you should become well-versed so your Siamese gets just what she needs as she grows and thrives.
The three most important Omega-3 Fatty acids to include in what your cat eats are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). ALA is found in canola oil, DHA is found is algae and salmon, and EPA is found salmon and its oil.
The purposes of these fats are to keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy, maintain cell membrane health, and boost the immune system. They also reduce inflammation and help the circulatory system function.
Find great fatty acids in:
What to Avoid
When it comes to picking out cat food, there are a few things we advise you to watch out for. By educating yourself now, you will have an easier time choosing your food and your Siamese will enjoy better health.
- BHT, BHA, Ethoxyquin-These are preservatives that do a good job of keeping your cat’s food preserved but are suspected to be carcinogenic. These chemicals are added to oils and fats and have been found to cause liver and kidney damage in rats.
- Meat By-Products-These are considered inferior protein sources. This variety of food is often unfit for humans to eat, and one expert argued that if we would not eat it, neither should our pets. Meat meal is another thing to avoid, as enzymes and proteins are destroyed while being rendered. This low-quality, mealy powder is not good enough for your pet’s nutritional needs.
- Corn Meal/Carb Fillers-Dry cat food can contain 50% grain. Wheat Gluten may be used and could contain melamine which may cause kidney failure thanks to its elements of plastic, protein and nitrogen.
Food For Kittens and Young Cats
Featured Product 1: Royal Canin Feline Health Dry Kitten Food
Formulated for the second stage of kittenhood- ages 4 months to 1 year-this great food supports a kitten’s developing immune system by providing an expert mix of vitamins and nutrients that your kitten will thrive on.
The product prides itself on featuring meat as its first ingredient. It does have some carbs in it of the healthier variety, like brown rice, and also other great protein sources like eggs. We noticed fish oil in here too.
This is great if you have a kitten you will not be around all day. She can graze on this dry food until you arrive home once more. The reviews of this product were favorable, and it is the top choice of a popular online retail site for dry kitten food.
- One user noted this was crafted just for Siamese.
- Small morsels, according to one user.
- Gives kittens a great start.
- Expensive in terms of dry cat food
Featured Product 2: Purina Fancy Feast Kitten Canned Food
This variety of tasty food made by Purina is a great way for your kitten to enjoy different flavors and get the nutrients she needs at the same time. We liked that the first ingredient within the mixture was chicken, followed by liver.
We also noticed some other good proteins and fats in there such as fish and egg. There was also a plethora of good vitamins and minerals contained within the blend.
One great point of convenience for pet owners with multiple kittens is that this is a bulk pack of food, bringing you 12 great cans of food and cutting down on the need for trips to the store.
These foods come in flavors that give cats something to look forward to in terms of great taste and nutrition.
Types like Chicken & Salmon and Turkey & Whitefish, among others, will make your kitten come running once that can pops open.
The best part, however, was the nearly 700 reviews on this trusted product. It has a 4.5-star rating, so you are in good company with other pet parents in choosing this for your cat.
- Many tasty flavors
- Just the right size for kittens
- Pull tab cans
- One user complained the fish made her pet sick
- One user reported her cats ate only one flavor out of many offered.
Wet Food/Raw Food
Featured Product 1: Royal Canin Feline Health Adult Instinctive
Even the pickiest of the picky eaters will find something to smile about when they eat this soft food. This is great for cats aged 1-7 years old and has a great blend of proteins, fats, and carbs that will keep your cat thriving and playing.
This food also helps promote healthy digestion and maintenance of a healthy weight, especially for adult cats who are mostly indoors.
You can use this food in conjunction with Royal Canin dry food for even more variety in your pet’s diet while maintaining good nutrition. Water was the first ingredient, followed up by pork and then liver.
The ingredients are great, but even better is the way this comes in a 24 pack of cans. This cuts down on store trips and is great for houses with many cats.
- Meat is the first ingredient
- Plenty of good vitamins in this can
- Great for picky eaters
- Some users reported their food came and did not appeal to their cats.
Featured Product 2: Stella and Chewy’s Yummy Lickin’ Salmon & Chicken
The thing that really struck us about this raw food for Siamese cats is the colorful and cute packaging and the variety of flavors that cats get to enjoy. Sure, we chose the Salmon & Chicken, because many cats like those flavors.
But if your pet wants to get back to her hunting roots, you can purchase flavors like duck and rabbit that provide all the nutrients needed to grow and to maintain good health.
The four-star rating on this product brought us comfort and reassurance as we heard good reviews from other pet parents.
This food is grain free and also devoid of any antibiotics, fillers or hormones. It’s completely freeze-dried, so even though it is raw, it will not spoil or be unfit for cat to enjoy.
The first ingredient in the variety we chose is chicken, and the soft morsels will be a pleasure for your cat to chew.
- Comes in many great flavors
- Good raw food that is derived from wild cats’ diets
- Lots of vitamins and minerals
- This food is expensive and may not be feasible for all owners.
Featured Product 1: Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Adult Dry Cat Food
We know the importance of mixing it up when it comes to your cats’ diet. We also know that Siamese are known to have sensitive stomachs, so it is important to have some dry food that is easy on the tummy.
This Lamb & Rice formula is loved by pet owners everywhere, and real lamb is the first ingredient in this blend.
Real rice and oatmeal are used in the production of this cat food and they are known to be easily digestible.
Your cat will also benefit from the Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and the Zinc that will help nourish them and give them a healthy and beautiful fur coat. And lastly, the prebiotic fiber is easy to digest and makes for better digestive health.
We double checked the ingredients label to be sure; lamb is indeed the first ingredient in this great blend of food. There are also other proteins to keep your pet feeling full and energetic.
Best of all other happy pet owners wrote in stating the virtues of this food-with one user even describing how her pet, after refusing to eat and being fed through a tube, returned to eating with this particular blend.
- Affordable for most pet owners
- Real, healthy ingredients
- Plenty of positive reviews from cat owners with picky eaters
- Users complained the smell of the food was unpleasant.
Featured Product 2: Blue Buffalo Sensitive Stomach Natural Adult Dry Cat Food
When it comes to top quality pet food, Blue Buffalo is always at the top of our list. Their food is made with real meat as the first ingredient, and of course other good things like whole grains, veggies, and even fruits.
This food also contains a prebiotic to help with digestion and promote better nutrient absorption. And best of all, there is no chicken or poultry by products or other fillers like corn, soy or wheat. Everything real and has no preservatives!
Deboned chicken is the first ingredient in this great food, followed up by chicken meal and the whole ground brown rice.
Other goodies include the fish meal for Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and of course flaxseed, which contains Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.
A 4-star rating puts you in good company with other pet owners who are satisfied with their purchase!
Perhaps the greatest part of researching this particular food was the reviews in which users discussed their cats who threw up a lot after eating. This food proved to be something of a godsend to those pet owners and their cats, who could finally eat normally.
- Great for picky eaters
- Users reported cats who vomited a lot did not do so as much
- Real ingredients and loaded with nutrients
- Very expensive for the price-but great quality overall.
The Importance of Variety in Your Cats’ Food
It is important that you feed your Siamese a variety of both wet and dry foods. The reason being is that by offering them both kinds of food will help ward off urinary tract infections that come from having too little liquids in their diet.
This and other things we’ve studied in this article might lead us to believe that we should feed our pets nothing but a raw or wet food diet. While these foods do tend to outperform most commercially produced dry foods, there is much more to consider.
First and foremost, think of the cost. Many of us cannot afford a strictly raw or wet food diet, especially if we have multiple cats.
Buying higher quality foods comes at a higher price tag, but thankfully, there are other reasons why we should buy a variety of wet, dry and raw foods.
Did you know, for instance, that dry foods promote good oral health? The act of chewing hard food aids in the removal of plaque from cat’s teeth.
And dry food is great for pet owners not there during the day-their Siamese can have food to graze upon while they work or perform other tasks.
Meanwhile, wet food is needed so cats get the right amount of water they need. These animals have a low thirst threshold, so they do not drink as much as they need, which brings them up short in the water intake department.
Wet food aids in cats getting the liquids they need for good health.
Some cats can be picky eaters and may not want to try out new foods at first. In this case, it is best to gradually transition the food your kitty eats.
You can start by feeding her 80% of the old food and then 20% of the new, and then half and half, and then 20% of the old and 80% of the new before bringing her a whole serving of the new stuff.
There are so many wonderful and healthy foods out there for your pet to enjoy and thrive on. The most important thing you can do for your Siamese is to stay smart about what you’re buying.
Read over the ingredients first and ask other pet owners what they think. And most importantly, consult your veterinarian for the most expert advice on good food for your cat. Taking some precautions now will ensure a long and happy life for your beautiful Siamese cat.