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How to Choose the Best Cat Food for Your Cat

The most important decision you will make regarding your cat’s health is choosing cat food.
The right food will help your cat stay healthy, happy, and full of energy throughout his life. You should make sure your cat enjoys eating it and feel happy about giving it to her.

It can be difficult to determine which cat food is best for you when you are walking down the aisle of cat food at your local store. It can be difficult to choose the right food for your cat from so many brands, flavours, and formulas.

These are the most important considerations when selecting a cat food from

1. The Age of Your Cat

Kittens: Your cat should only be under 1 year old. Unless your vet advises you to change to an adult formula, it should still be eating a kitten diet.
Adult cats: Cats aged between one and seven should be fed an adult cat food.
Senior cats: Senior cats should begin to eat a senior formula around seven years old, according to the ASPCA.

2. Your cat’s activity level

It is important to take into account how active your cat is when choosing food. This will ensure that he/she is getting adequate calories.

A regular adult formula is the best option for active and healthy cats that don’t gain weight.

Indoor formulas are best for cats who are less active or indoor-only, as well as those cats who tend to gain too much weight from regular adult cat food. Indoor formulas are lower in fat and can prevent weight gain.

3. The health of your cat

Cat food companies are creating special recipes to address a range of health issues that cats face.

Discuss any possible diet changes with your vet if you have concerns about food allergies, food sensitivities, urinary tract problems or hairballs.

Before you attempt to fix the problem with new food, it’s important to know what is causing the cat’s health issues. Sometimes it is easy to think that a cat vomiting after eating can be a sign of a food allergy, but in reality it could be something else. Ask your vet if you are unsure.

These are some of the most popular special formulas. These formulas are available in many brands and can be purchased in pet food shops and grocery stores.

Weight loss formula: Cat food for overweight cats has a lower fat content than indoor foods. Certain foods have more protein and fiber, which can help your cat feel fuller while still losing weight. To avoid serious health issues, overweight cats must lose weight slowly. Ask your vet about the right amount of food to give your cat and how much weight you should be losing each week.
Sensitive stomach/digestive formulation: Some cats can have sensitive stomachs, just like people. They may be able to benefit from food that doesn’t upset their digestive system.
Cats with food allergies may benefit from limited-ingredient formulas. They are also less likely to contain any ingredients, and some may have other protein and grain sources, such as duck, venison and green peas.
Formulas for urinary tract health: This food is great for cats who have recurring problems with their bladder. It could contain cranberries or other ingredients that may help to prevent urinary tract infections.
Hairball formulas for cats: If your cat keeps shedding hair, you might want to look into a food that may help.

4. Ingredients

You can easily tell the difference between good and bad cat food if you aren’t a proficient label reader.

Pay attention to the first three to five ingredients on a label. They make up the majority of the food.

Cats are carnivores and real meat or meat meal should be listed in the first or second ingredients.

These are the basics you should remember when looking at a cat food label. These are only guidelines. Cat food doesn’t necessarily have to include everything on the “good list” to be considered good quality food.
Ingredients “Good” For Your Cat

As the first or 2nd ingredient, real meats or “meat meals”.
Foods that do not contain “byproducts”
Foods that do not contain artificial colors or flavors.
Natural fats, such as sunflower and fish oils, are available.
Fiber from plant sources
Vitamin A, taurine, vitamin A, and linoleic acids are additional vitamins and minerals.
Foods made from meats and other ingredients that are native to your country
Yucca–helps reduce litter box odor
Sweet potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables are all good options.
It is a plus if the ingredients used are “human grade”.
Tocopherols – This is vitamin E that’s used as a natural preservative.

Things to Avoid

Foods without meat meal or real meat in the first three ingredients
Corn gluten meal or corn flour (it’s an affordable filler that many cats do not like).
Wheat (for the exact same reason as corn).
These could include feathers, feet and beaks as well as other by-products. . . You wouldn’t want to eat them, and I doubt your cat would either.
Artificial colors, flavors or preservatives such as BHT, BHA or ethoxyquin
Beef tallow

5. Budget

Higher quality food tends to be more expensive.

Why? Why?

Higher quality food also has fewer fillers and other junk. This means that each can of food provides more nutrition to your cat than a bag or can that is loaded with wheat, corn, by-products, artificial colors, flavors, and any other harmful or worthless ingredients.