Cat food FAQs

cat-faqsWe answer your questions on feeding your cat

Does James Wellbeloved Complete Cat food contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives?

No, our cat foods are natural and healthy, with no added unhealthy additives of any sort.

How much James Wellbeloved cat food should I give my cat?

Please see our feeding guidelines for advice.

Where can I buy James Wellbeloved cat food?

Our  stockist search can help find your nearest James Wellbeloved retailer.

I have recently changed my cat’s diet to James Wellbeloved. He thoroughly enjoys it but I am concerned that feeding a dry food will have a detrimental effect on his urinary system.

As far as urinary tract health is concerned, there are no inherent problems with feeding a good quality dry food, but you do need to make sure your cat has free access to clean, fresh water at all times.

We have taken a number of steps in the formulation of our complete cat foods to help maintain a healthy urinary tract. Firstly we have a controlled level of magnesium (0.1%), which can help to maintain urinary tract health, including struvite crystals, of which magnesium is a constituent. The food has also been formulated to produce a urine pH of 6.6, this means that the urine is slightly acidic to help to discourage the development of crystals and bacterial growth in the bladder. Also incorporated into the diet is cranberry extract, the polyphenol compounds in this can help to maintain urinary tract health by encouraging the elimination of bacteria via the urine. These combined factors can help to keep your cat in good health whilst still allowing him to enjoy is favourite food.

Please note that if your cat is currently under veterinary treatment for FLUTD, advice should be sought prior to feeding. Please do not hesitate to call our dedicated helpline on 0845 300 4890.

I have noticed that there is chicory extract in your complete cat food, what benefits does this have?

The plant Chicory (Cichorium ingybus), is a member of the dandelion family and the purpose of adding chicory extract to the food is to act as a digestive aid.  Chicory is a natural source of Fructo-oligo-saccharides (FOS) which are naturally occurring sugars that are also known as prebiotics.  Prebiotics have the ability to help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, which in turn, help to improve the digestion of food and assist in the absorption of nutrients into the body.  The end result is that the cat gains greater benefit from the food that it eats and it also helps to maintain a healthy and efficient digestive system.

I’ve heard that you add Yucca to your cat diets, what benefits does this have?

We add Yucca extract to all our cat products. This is an ingredient that is added as it has a number of potential benefits.  Firstly it is a natural deodoriser and can help to reduce faecal odour, which is of benefit to owners whose cats live entirely indoors or use litter trays.  It is also a source of saponin and is thought to help flush out pathogenic bacteria from the digestive tract and increase the absorption of nutrients.

How do I know when to change my cat from the kitten variety to the adult variety?

After a kitten is weaned, the growth rate is very rapid and it is an extremely demanding time for the kitten in terms of nutritional requirements.  The James Wellbeloved kitten diets are tailor made to meet these high nutritional requirements. They contain easily digested ingredients, are high in protein and energy, contain the correct balance of vitamins and minerals and are very palatable.  Kittens need to eat quite a lot of food in relation to their body weight and their stomachs are relatively small, therefore it is best to offer smaller, more frequent meals for the first six months.  After this age the meals can be reduced to twice daily although it is recommended to continue feeding the Kitten variety until they are a year old.  This ensures that they have received all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients to enable them to develop into strong, healthy adult cats.

After neutering

After neutering you may need to reduce the amount fed, to help maintain a happy and healthy weight.

How long do I need to continue giving my kitten milk?

Once a kitten has been successfully weaned from its mother, the kitten will no longer have a nutritional requirement for milk in its diet.  In actual fact, many cats lose the ability to digest the sugar contained in milk (lactose) and therefore feeding milk can actually cause them to have diarrhoea or vomiting. After weaning, healthy kittens have no requirement for milk, especially if you are feeding a complete and balanced food such as the James Wellbeloved Complete Kitten Food.

I have another question, how can I get in touch?

You can ring our helpline 0845 300 4890, write to us at James Wellbeloved, Oak Tree Meadow, Blackworthy Road, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7PH, or  email James Wellbeloved using our online form.