Cat Food Buying Guide
Cat Food 101
Types of Cat Food
Dry Cat Food
Wet Cat Food
Wet cat food comes in cans, which are easy to store in your garage or pantry when buying in bulk. Wet cat food provides the moisture your cat needs, while usually providing a higher ratio of meat-to-grains than most dry foods. A great way to balance cost and nutrition is to mix wet and dry food together in the food bowl. Keep in mind that wet cat food will go ‘bad’ quickly on kitty’s plate and is slightly more expensive than dry kibble.
Cat Food Feeding Tips:
• Opt for higher meat content instead of more grains
• While feeding your cat scraps from the dinner table may be appealing, remember that ingredients such as onions, chocolate and avocadoes can be toxic to cats
• Ensure your pet always has access to fresh, clean water
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to frequency and amount of food to feed your pet
Cat Food Features
Your cat can have a perfectly healthy diet based strictly on meat. Poultry, game, fish and other meats are all delicious choices for your cat. Like humans, cats can become bored with their food and will enjoy trying different flavours once in a while. Avoid products that list “meat and bone meal” and “animal digest” in the ingredients section, as they don’t specify what kind of meat is being used and are often of low quality.
Popular filler ingredients, grains are not a necessity for your cat’s diet. In fact, mass-produced grains such as corn, wheat and soy can cause allergies and should be avoided. Brown rice and other whole grains such as barley and oats are better choices.
Fruits and Vegetables +
Like grains, fruits and vegetables aren’t a necessary component of your cat’s diet. However, some fruits and vegetables can be a source of vitamins or provide other benefits for your cat. Cranberries, for example, are a natural source of disease-preventing antioxidants.
While you want to keep your cat food fresh and long-lasting on the shelf, some preservatives and other additives are best left out of your cat’s food bowl. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and ethoxyqui can cause liver and kidney problems, allergies and dental issues.
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