Cat Food Buying Guide

As a pet owner, you want to provide your cat with good nutrition for life. This cat food buying guide will make finding the right food for your pet a little easier.

Cat Food 101

Proper diet is one of the keys to keeping your furry feline happy and healthy. Choosing the right cat food is often a balance between cost and the quality of ingredients. In general, you’ll pay a bit more for cat food with more nutritional value. It’s important to remember that cats get 100% of their protein from meat. That’s why cat food with more filler will usually cost less. One final consideration, and certainly not to be overlooked of course, are the culinary preferences of your cat. 

Types of Cat Food


Dry Cat Food

Dry cat food is a popular choice as it can be left out all day for your cat to nibble on, making it a great fit for time-sensitive cat owners with busy lifestyles. It’s also an affordable option that’s easy to buy in bulk. Choose kibble that’s high in meat and low in grains to provide the best nutrition for your pet. Cats tend to stay hydrated through their food, so it’s also a good idea to supplement dry food feedings with a small amount of wet cat food to eliminate any potential risk of urinary problems. 

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. 


Special Formulas

Hairball Formula, Dental Care, Weight Reduction and Mature Cat Formula — which one is right for your cat? These special formulas can be helpful, but do not necessarily adhere to any legal health standard. If you think that your cat needs a special diet you might want to try a specially-blended formula. Just don’t forget to make sure that the ingredients are high quality and free of fillers.  


Just like they sound, treats are good occasionally. The tasty flavours will entice your cat during training, entering a carrier or cozying up to you for some quality time. Remember that treats are often high in sodium and artificial flavours, which are not part of a healthy diet. They can also reduce your cat’s appetite before a meal, distracting from the healthier option in the food bowl.

Cat Food Feeding Tips:

• Growing kittens require softer food for their developing teeth and digestive systems
• 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

Meat +

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.

Grains +

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.

Preservatives +

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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