When it comes to your cat, you want the very best for them. You give them fresh water, fresh food, a clean litter box, places to sleep, toys, catnip, and your love and affection. But when it comes to food, what’s the best way to choose a type or brand of food? What should you be looking for in order to give your cat the very best?
You may be asking yourself ‘How do I choose the best cat food (what to look for)’ and ‘how do I make sure it’s a food I can trust?’. We looked into it to find out. Read on to find out how you can choose the very best food for your cat.
How Do I Choose the Best Cat Food
Consider Their Age
A cat’s stage in life can play a big role in the food they need. Certain foods will be made specifically to meet the needs of kittens, adult cats, and senior cats. They all require different things in order to have the best nutritional profile possible. Kittens require a high protein and high fat diet in order to fuel their development of bones, teeth, and muscle, and also burn calories quickly. Adults cat need good nutrition as well as a lower calorie diet to deal with their weight. Senior cats are more sedentary and require a diet low in fat with proteins that are easily digestible. Buying the right food for your cat will help keep them healthy and extend their lifespan.
Look at the Label
The label will tell you everything you need to know, so examine what’s included in the food and where it’s sourced. Ideally, the food will have as little additives and cheap fillers. Make sure that the protein is from an identified protein source like fish or chicken, etc., and be sure that it has taurine (an essential amino acid), enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins, mineral, and yes, a little water. Most foods will have some preservatives to keep everything fresh but try to weed out the quality stuff from the inferior food– it’ll benefit your cat in the end.
Avoid These Ingredients
Avoiding certain ingredients is a good idea when it comes to cat foods. Certain ingredients such as added sugars may be more harmful than helpful for your cat. Avoid anything that includes ‘byproducts’, ‘meat/bone meal’, ‘animal digest’, ‘added sugars’, ‘corn meal’, and chemical preservatives like BHT, BPA, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate.
Go with Brand Over Store Brand
Store brands usually will not be as high quality as a proven name brand. Name brands have a duty to their customers to provide quality food and do rigorous safety checks. There have been numerous pet food scares over the years; go with a name brand that has an incentive to keep their customers (and their pets) safe.
Get suggestions from your vet as well, and address specific dietary needs and concerns with them if your pet is having a hard time with your food choice.