Cats are by their nature carnivores, so they need plenty of protein to stay healthy. Low protein cat food can be harmful for a cat. Cats also need to eat enough taurine, an essential amino acid which can only be gained through consuming meat. As a result, a completely vegetarian diet is not suitable for cats. This does not mean that cats only need to eat meat. They can happily consume well-cooked carbohydrates, such as starch, which is an excellent source of energy. With starch as a complementary source of energy, protein can concentrate on its important role of repairing tissue. The fibres found in carbohydrates are also great for gut maintenance. Fat adds energy and essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, to a diet. These nutrients are essential for a cat’s skin and fur. Vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus and calcium are also important for maintaining a strong skeleton and healthy teeth. Remember that a cat should always have access to fresh, clean water.