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7 Steps of Choosing Good Food for Your Cat

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

When it comes to choosing healthy cat food, you can be torn between brands in the grocery store. Before picking any food, consider the age, health, and size of your feline. Most of the commercial foods contain brief information about the ingredients.

As a feline owner, you want your pet to remain strong and to stick around for many years, that is why getting the best cat food containing dietary supplements, vitamins, and nutrients are vital. Choosing healthy food can be challenging, especially when you don’t know what to look for and which ingredients are harmful or useful.

How to Choose the Best Cat Food

Many brands claim that their products are the best, natural, organic, and healthy for your feline companion; however, there are particular steps you can take to confirm or refute their claims.

  1.    Check the Ingredients

Read the ingredients of the cat food and consider the ones with the standard requirements, for instance, carbs, proteins, and fat. When you encounter ingredients such as “chicken”, it means that the food contains up to 95% of this element.

  1.    Consider the Feline’s Age

What is the best cat food for your pet? A kitten and an adult require different amounts of nutrients, and their body functions differ. Adult cat food does not contain the essential nutrients needed for kittens’ development.

  1.    Understand the Labels

If you choose to go for natural products, you need to know the meaning of individual labels. “Organic” means that the meal should contain 100% organic elements. When choosing the best cat food for indoor cats, check if the companies have outlined how they identify such ingredients.

  1.    Get Advice about Cat Food

In case you have a sick cat, or you are not sure of the type of products to get, visit the veterinarian for advice. Here, you can ask questions like “How much food should I feed my cat?” and also get advice on the healthy ingredients.

Felines which require special care need a different diet compared to the healthy ones. Although you can access food for sick cats, it is advisable to consult the vet and to get the food from his office. This way, you will get the right products depending on your pet’s condition.

  1.    Contact the Brand

Important information such as the percentage of the product the feline can absorb is not provided to the public. You need to consider the digestibility of the product, and since this information is not on the label, you can inquire from the brand. This way, you will get first-hand information and can decide which foods suit your pet.

  1.    Cheap can be Expensive

You might be tempted to purchase the cheapest cat food you can get to save money. However, what you need to know is that the feline will eat as much as it needs until he consumes enough nutrients. This means that if you buy cheap products without enough nutrients, you might end up taking another trip to the shop to get another pack.

  1.    By-products

Almost all feline commercial diets contain by-products. Quality cat foods have lungs or liver as their by-products while low-quality ones include feathers or even fur, which are indigestible. Lower quality products usually have many unidentified products.

If the by-products are listed before grains, vitamins, and plant ingredients, it means that the cat food is full of nutrients. Choose foods with specified by-products such as “animal lungs” instead of “chicken-by-products.”

In Conclusion

Choosing the best cat diet for your pet can be a demanding activity if you don’t know what to look for or the meaning of the ingredients. Remember that kittens and adults require different nutrients, which mean they need different products.

What nutrients do you look for in your feline’s food? Please share with us your picks for healthy cat food.

Author’s Bio: Rachel Hudson is passionate about animals and expresses her love for these creatures through her writing. She provides useful information based on her long hours at the library, consultations with veterinarians, and interaction with animals. Rachel works for AllPetsExpert.com. Her articles focus on animal health and diet. She watches animal documentaries whenever she’s free.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.