When buying cat food, there are a number of things you must take into account. Cats have a reputation for being finicky. Thanks to this, it is hard to pick out cat food that the cats will enjoy eating while also providing them with everything they need. This guide will focus on the key factors to look at when purchasing cat food so you can relax, safe in the knowledge your cat is getting all it needs.
Factors to Consider
When you buy cat food, what do you look for? You probably compare the prices of different brands and, if you have time, read the labels to make sure the food seems nutritious. But are you doing all you can to maintain your cat’s good health? Here’s are things to keep in mind when shopping for your cat’s food.
Buy food rich in protein
Cats need a lot of protein in their diet. Their food should contain at least 25% crude protein. The higher, the better, but not too much more than 30% isn’t good for the cat. The most digestible form of protein for cats is animal-based. Look for whole meats or whole meat meals (not by-products) such as chicken, salmon, lamb, and beef. These should be listed near the top of the ingredient list.
Avoid too many carbohydrates
Cats are also carnivores and have limited carbohydrate requirements. Starch is a major source of carbohydrates in cat foods. It’s used as a binder to hold the dry kibble together. Cats need some carbohydrates to survive, but too much can lead to health problems such as diabetes and obesity. If you choose to feed your cat dry food, make sure that starch is not one of the first three ingredients on the label.
Keep your cat hydrated
If you’re concerned about your cat getting enough moisture in its diet (and you probably should be), try to find a dry food with no more than 15% starch and less than 10% dietary fiber. Wet foods are usually better at satisfying a cat’s moisture needs than dry ones. A high-quality wet food made with fresh ingredients is often an excellent choice because it provides plenty of moisture.
Consider your cat’s health condition
If your pet is overweight, you should consider low-fat food. If your pet has a skin problem, consider a portion of food that doesn’t contain many additives. If your pet is allergic to chicken, avoid chicken. If your pet is young and active, choose food with more protein.
Keep price and quality in mind
As always with consumer goods, there are three factors to consider: price, quality, and convenience. These three factors pull in different directions. The cheapest pet foods contain mostly corn and other cheap fillers rather than meat. But the most convenient foods are expensive.
Finally, having a pet cat is enjoyable, except when shopping for cat food. It can be very confusing, as there are plenty of different brands and types of cat food in the market today. Some are good quality, and others are not so good for your kitty. However, remember you are the best judge on what to buy for your cat. Cats are unique, and therefore so are their food needs. Hopefully, the above tips have given you insight into what to look for when shopping for cat food.