All cats, big or little, are obligate carnivores. This means that they are in a special class of animals that require a diet that must be made of meat. House cats have the same basic nutritional requirements as big cats. It is only the size of their prey that differs. Both evolved as predators, completely adapted to a raw meat diet. Whether the cats are big or small, they can’t eat foods based on vegetables or grain, their bodies just can't handle it.
Big cats, little cats:
- Evolved for only a raw, prey-based diet
- Get most of their fluids from their food
- Have a limited ability to digest carbohydrates
- Have teeth and jaws designed to eat the flesh