Is Your Cat Food Hurting Your Cat?

Use this guide and ensure you feed your cat the best cat food for health and nutrition

The importance of cat food can’t be underestimated. Feeding your cat low-quality food results in poor growth, dry hair, dandruff, low energy, and a compromised immune system. Follow these guidelines to learn how to feed your cat the best food possible.

Avoid grains

Unfortunately for cat owners, there isn’t that much research about the best types of cat food. And not many comparision tests for pet owners to use as a guide. Deciding on the best food for your cat depends on you reading the labels and choosing those with the best quality ingredients.

Cats are carnivores. Because of this, meat should be their main food source. Avoid cat foods that have corn, wheat or soy as the main ingredient. If price is an issue, choose cat foods that list these grains as far down as possible on the ingredient list.

Avoid dyes and preservatives

The foods you choose for your cat should be free from artificial preservatives and food dyes. There isn’t any proof that they harm cats. But little or no research has been done. Common sense tells us they can’t be good for your cat and these ingredients have the possibilty of building up in your pet’s system over time causing possible damage to your cat’s internal organs. Premium cat foods don’t usually include dyes and preservatives while cheaper store brands have high amounts.

Include more meat

Cats are carnivores and their digestive system is designed for the digestion of meat and protein. Look for foods that have a high amount of turkey, fish, or chicken and avoid soy, wheat, and corn. Don’t fall prey to marketing gimmicks that promote vegetarian or low-calorie diets for your cat. Feeding your cat more grains and less meat will leave your cat with a low energy level and possibly damage her health over time.

Be vigilant

The manufacturers of cat food don’t have to follow the same rules and aren’t regulated the same way food production for human food is. Because of this, it’s important that you stay alert to changes in foods.

Watch for pet food recalls at FDA for Animal Veterinary Heath and at the ASPCA website. Both of these sites post information when there are pet food recalls. Also, check the food labels on your cat’s food regularly. Pet food manufacturers change ingredients in cat food without releasing this information or changing the name of the food. The premium food that lists chicken as the first ingredient might have corn as the first ingredient at some later point.

Give your cat the care and food she deserves. Do your part as a responsible pet owner and use these guidelines to provide the best cat food possible for your pet.