With hours spent climbing trees, chasing rodents and teasing the neighbour's dog, it's no wonder that your feline friend needs plenty of energy on a daily basis.

Which is why it is so important that, when it comes to your pet's diet, cat owners get it spot on.

For your moggy to lead a happy, healthy and active lifestyle they need to be fed on cat food that contains a balance of the five major groups of nutrients: protein, fats and oils, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates.

And, according to Ros Davies, cattery rehomer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's London site, meat should be an essential component of your pet's diet.

"Cats are not vegetarians," she explains. "They are what is called 'obligate carnivores' which means that meat is essential to their diet as it contains an organic acid called taurine which is essential for the digestive process in cats."

It is important not only that your cat's diet contains meat, but that this comes from high quality protein such as duck, chicken turkey, lamb or rabbit.

Therefore, it's a good idea to choose a brand of cat food that uses only prime cuts of meat and the right levels of vitamins, minerals, fibres and fatty acids, such as Arden Grange or Royal Canin cat food

And when it comes to what your cat should be drinking, for a healthy and active cat in almost all cases it's best to stick to just water and to make sure that your four-legged friend gets plenty of it.

"Cats need to be encouraged to drink as they are not natural drinkers and can be prone to kidney disease in later life," Ros adds. "Do not give them cows' milk and this is often too rich for them and can cause tummy upsets."

Written by: Hannah