You can often hear the statement “we are what we eat.” Such a statement can be applied not only to people but also to our pets. Because the cat food is the key to the good health of your pet, the question of its choice is particularly relevant. The ideal option would be feeding natural food but in this case you will have to buy food, prepare portions and constantly monitor the balance of nutrients in the diet of your cat. However most people do not have enough time for this and, therefore, choose already prepared food. So the question of choosin the best cat food becomes especially important.
In this article the site “Because cat” consider all popular cat food, tell about their categories and classes, describes the advantages and disadvantages of each type of food and publish reviews of cat food from a veterinarian. After reading this article you will know what food is best for your cat, as well as other nuances of diet choice for your pet.
Types of food and best food for cats
Of course, nobody can say exactly what food is best for cats. However, the majority of experts (veterinarians, cat breeders) say that the best option would be a varied diet for your pet. That is, different types of food should be included in the diet, so let’s examine the main types of them.
Cat food: canned food
This type of food satisfies even the most fastidious cats. Due to the high humidity of canned food it supplies your pet well with the liquid, which is especially important if the cat does not drink enough. The practical advantages of canned food is sealed cans thanks to which the food has a long expiry date. However after opening a can you need to feed the cat as quickly as possible. Of course one portion for the cat should be such that it can eat, the remains of canned food can be put in a cool place so till the next meal canned food isn’t spoiled.
Wet cat food
The advantage of wet foods is that they are something middle between canned and dry food. Wet cat foods are tasty pieces in gravy moisture in which is twice as less than in canned food. Usually one package of wet food is designed for one meal for a cat. The disadvantage of this type of food is that if the cat does not eaten the whole portion, you will have to throw away the remains because after a short time the slices dry out and lose their nutritional value.
Dry cat food
The disadvantage of dry food is their very low level of moisture, that is why the constant presence of fresh water around it for your cat is required. The advantage of dry food is its usefulness to the cat’s teeth because when it bites the croquettes teeth are cleaned from plaque. Besides, dry food is a perfect solution for cat owners who are rarely at home: this type of food can be poured into a bowl and you may not worry that it will spoil during the day and the cat will get hungry. But remember, you should always close the package with the remains of the food because constant air access will cause the loss of nutritional value and flavor.
Classes of cat food
Every newbie may be confused about different classes of cat food. It would seem that the food is wonderful: – beautiful packaging, a lot of advertising on TV, the cat eating with pleasure. But there is one thing about which we will tell you later.
Economy class Food
This class is the cheapest, and its only purpose is to satisfy the hunger of the animal. Comparing to human food its usefulness is the same as MacDonald’s fast food. Economy class food includes such popular brands as “Kittikat”, “Meow”, “Darling.” Often the term of commercial class is used but its qualities are the same as economy class food; the difference is only in better promoting of the brand and more colorful packaging. So, popular “Whiskas” and “Friskies” refer specifically to the food of commercial class.
It should be noted that cat food of economy class is very undesirable for your pet as the main food. Due to the lack of animal proteins, low-quality raw materials, the presences of colourful agents and preservatives economy class food is absolutely disbalanced, has a low nutritional value and during constant consumption may be even harmful to cats.
Unlike previous food premium food can boast of real meat in its composition although different additives and substitutes are still there, too. The price of premium food is not far from economy class but the quality has increased so this food is no longer dangerous for the animal. Many cat owners are choosing the food of this class, as it is not too expensive, is quite nutritious and its daily rate is much less than that of economy class food.
The most popular is this premium food: Hills, Royal Canin, Bozita, Eukanuba, Belcando, Iams, Brit, Natural Choice, Advance, Flatazor, Matisse, Happy Cat, Guabi. Note that often Royal Canin and Hills are accredited as super-premium because they are of highest quality of their kind and even have therapeutic food lines. Recently, however, many veterinarians and technologists no longer recommend this cat food since the production of the Royal Canin was set up in Russia. This fact always adversely affects the quality.
Super premium food
If you are not familiar with financial problems choose a super premium food for your cat. To produce them the components of the highest quality are used, they have a balanced content of nutrients, vitamins and minerals as well as almost do not contain any chemicals or coloured agents. Feeding the cat with such food you may not worry about its health and well-being. Super premium food includes: Bosch SANABELLE, ProNature Holistic, 1st Choice, Profine Adult Cat, Arden Grange, Cimiao.
Although Holistic class food is the best cat food not many cat owners even know about it. No wonder because Holistic class is food for cats, which is produced by professionals for professionals. The pedigreed cats of the most expensive breeders are feed with the Holistic class food. The only possible disadvantage of this food is perhaps the absence of any flavors, that is why some kittens not very willing eat it at first. However, as they say, hunger breaks stone walls, so being very hungry, even the most fastidious gourmets start eating the meal.
The most popular Holistic-class food is: Holistic, Chicken Soup, Wellness, Natural & Delicious, Eagle Pack Cat Canidae, Orijen, Felidae, ANF holistic, Almo Nature, Acana, Earthborn Holistic Holistic, GO and NOW Natural, Innova, Golden Eagle (N & D).
Popular cat food
And so we know what are the types and classes of cat food. Let’s now consider the most popular food and learn what the secret of their popularity is: in bright packaging, taste, or the quality.
Cat food Royal Canin
As we already know Royal Canin is a cat food of premium and super premium (in the case of therapeutic lines) class. Referring them to this class tells that the food would be a good substitute for natural food because it has a balanced content of nutrients. However, Royal Canin food still contains preservatives, various flavoring and coloring agents, and even vegetable proteins, soya and meat products. But even despite this the therapeutic range of Royal Canin is simply gorgeous and wonderfully balanced with regard to each disease.
In addition to this veterinarians often prescribe therapeutic diets for cats based on Royal Canin, which is just another evidence of the quality of the therapeutic line. However as for daily food of this brand one should know: if there is an opportunity to buy higher quality food (Orijen, Acana, Felidae, GO Natural holistic and t. E.), do it.
Benefits of Royal Canin food:
- Affordable price;
- Excellent quality of this class;
- Excellent medical food;
- Available in any veterinary store;
- A very wide choice.
Disadvantages of Royal Canin food:
- Daily food is inferior to therapeutic range in quality;
- Russian production (if it is possible to order the European production give up the “Russian” version).
Finally, Royal Canin cat food is produced for different age of animals. So, for kittens aged 4 to 12 months Royal Canin Kitten 36 suits; for healthy adult cats of 1-7 years old – Indoor 27, for long-haired – Indoor long hair 35, for food sensitive cats – Sensible 33, for skin and hair care – Hair & Skin 33; for old cats – Royal Canin Outdoor Mature 28 and Royal Canin Indoor 7+; for sick cats – Intestinal GI32, Renal RF23, Hypoallergenic DR25, etc. In addition, Royal Canin has food for different breeds: Maine Coons, Siamese, Persian cats, and so on. So you definitely will be able to pick up the food of this brand for your cat.
Hills Food for cats
Hills (Hills Feline) is a premium cat food (although some sources consider them to be super premium). There are two types of them: daily diet for healthy cats and therapeutic (both dry and canned) for sick cats. In some diseases veterinarians often prescribe the Hills, but thanks to the division of theraupetic line (for neutered cats, cats with sensitive stomachs, and so on) the final food choice will be made by the owner based on his pet’s preferences.
However if the therapeutic range of Hills food causes no complaints, for the daily feeding veterinarians recommend choosing super premium food. It is not recommended to feed the healthy cat with the medical food since, for example, therapeutic food for cats with gastritis contains less proteins, which definitely will not benefit healthy cat.
The benefits of Hills cat food:
- Affordable price;
- One of the best in its kind;
- Well balanced content of nutrients;
- Wonderful food option for kittens;
- Qualitative line therapy;
Disadvantages of Hills cat food:
- The high content of vegetable proteins;
- Rather high content of carbohydrates (the cat body digest them bad);
- Causes allergy in some animals;
- Wet foods Hills are of lower quality than dry.
Each cat needs an individual approach. This means that some cats, eating Hills food feel fine while others may show signs of ill health. However such a problem exists with most cat food, at least, with the economy, premium and sometimes even with super premium class. Also remember that the production of this food has been set up in Russia, which, as we know from experience, leads to lower quality. Therefore, if possible choose the food produced in Europe.
Like most cat food Hills are available for different age groups, beeds, and cats with health problems. For example, the Hills Science Plan Kitten Chicken, Hills Science Plan Kitten Tuna, Nature Best Kitten with Chicken suit; for young neutered cats – Hills Science Plan Young Adult Sterilised; for healthy adult cats – Adult Feline Hairball Control, Adult Feline Sensitive Skin, and so on. (each has its own characteristics).
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Tips for feeding cats
- Cat must always have access to fresh drinking water. Put a large bowl, for example, and replace the water there at least once a day;
- Before feeding the cat read the recommendations for feeding on the food packaging;
- The best way is to teach a cat to eating twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. However if you are constantly at home you can feed your cat three times per day;
- Each cat has individual tastes and not everyone will like the same food. If a cat has allergy for certain food try another brand;
- It is not necessary to constantly change the brand of food; it is best to choose one and forever. So the stomach of the animal does not have to constantly adapt to new food.