Having a pet is like having another member of the family, and keeping them happy and healthy is a top priority. There are so many different brands of cat food on the market, it can be hard to decide which brand is best for your cat. You do not want to go through different experiments with different food and make your cat sick, because constantly changing foods is not good for animals. You want to make the right decision on a good food for your cat, and stick with it, unless a veterinarian tells you that you should change foods. They will tell you how to go about changing foods, and why it is a good reason to do so. If you are in the market for a good cat food, follow the steps listed below while searching through cat food. You will be able to make the best decision on food for your cat without making them try a lot of different foods.
The first step when looking at different types of cat food is to look at the label. When a cat food label advertises that it contains a single ingredient, that ingredient must make up 95% of the food. For example, if a food claims to be made of just beef, beef had to make up 95% of the food. On the other hand, foods with descriptive phrases, like “dinner”, “platter”, or anything along those lines contain 25% of the named ingredient. Any food that is stated on the label with the word “with” is only 3% of what the food actually is. You want to know exactly what is in your cat food, and you want to make sure that you are not feeding your cat anything that can be harmful or bad for them. By looking at the label, and avoiding such words as “dinner”, “platter” and “with”, you are already on the right track to feeding your cat the right foods.
Cats, by nature, are carnivores, so you want to make sure that you are giving them a food that contains a lot of animal protein. They need nutrients like taurine in their diet, and taurine and other essential nutrients are contained in animal sources. These nutrients are not found in plant-based sources. While giving your cat food with plant-based sources can be good for them, you need to ensure that you are giving them their daily dose of meat.
Your cat has specific needs when it comes to food sources. They may need a wet food over a dry food, and there is an easy way to tell which one your cat may need. Many cats do not drink enough water throughout the day, and they need more moisture in their daily routine. Some cats only drink water if it is running, possibly from water fountains or dripping faucets. If these options are not available to your cat, and still standing water is only available, you may want to track how much your cat drinks. Some cats do not have a problem with still standing water, so it may not be an issue. However, if your cat is not getting enough water throughout the day, you may want to consider feeding them a wet, canned food rather than dry food because it contains much more moisture that your cat needs throughout the day. If water intake is not a problem, you can use dry or wet food, whichever is most convenient to you and your cat.
Food can be specific to your cat’s age. When looking at labels, see which ones say things like “All Ages” or “adult cat food”. This way, if your cat has specific nutrients that they need for their particular age group, you can buy a cat food that provides these nutrients for your specific cats. Like humans, cats of all ages need different nutrients for different stages of their lives. Kittens need different nutrients for growth, compared to adult cats who need nutrients for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to get your cat the correct food for their specific age group and needs.