Picking a good healthy cat food is not an easy task, this is can be kind of a daunting process, especially for the first time cat owners, when they walk into a pet store and they find all these brands and flavors of cat food. They don’t know which one to grab. If you’re facing this problem and you want to choose the right food for your cat, there are few things you should keep in mind:
Look For What’s Called an AAFCO Statement
The first thing is to look if the food has been certified by the AAFCO, which is the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), it’s a group, not a government group but a private organization that makes sure that the products that you’re getting are tested and deemed safe for your cat or your pet. So, when you look at the back of a bag it is not only going to give you the guaranteed analysis of proteins and carbs and all the vitamins and minerals, but it also usually has a statement that says that this food is either formulated or has been actually done feed trials with actual animals to make sure that it’s healthy for them, that they didn’t have problems with that food, it didn’t make them sick and they could keep their weight up. Therefore, keep in mind that’s a great statement to look for and that’s a big portion to start with.
Look at The Ingredients
The second thing is the ingredients. Cats are definitely obligate carnivores, which means that they need meat based protein to thrive. So, you need to check the ingredients list on the cat food and see if there is a specific type of meat like fish or chicken. This is an important point, you should Make sure that there is a specific type of meat on the label, because there are some products with only the statement “meat” or “meat product”, which means that they may not be very high quality and not as healthy.
Look at The Manufacturer
The third thing is to look at the manufacturer, you can go online and look these guys up and look for problems that they might have had. If a manufacturer consistently has problems with their food, I tend to avoid them of course. We’re looking at manufacturers that also have licensed veterinarians that are PhD nutritionists that have been on staff and have been actually there to work with all of these products. You can find that information out. I know a lot of people don’t go to the point of looking at manufacturers too much, they look at the ingredients and they look at packaging and some of the advertising but really looking deep into the manufacturer makes a huge difference. I look at that track record more than anything else.
Things to Keep in Mind
A couple of other things that we can talk about too, that are important, that some people don’t really keep in mind as some of the language that they put on a bag can be quite confusing and the only thing that’s really regulated out there by the government officials is the word organic, so organic has some specific regulations that are connected with it compared to everything else, natural, holistic, all of those things anybody can say anything about that, they can throw it into a bag and it really doesn’t mean anything, so keep in mind certain words are just out there.
The other thing is that when you’re thinking about kibble and you only have one cat in your household. I always recommend that you buy a smaller bag, don’t go out and buy the 40 pound bag of cat food because you only get about a month’s worth of preservation when you open that bag up, so it’s going to spoil within that time frame, so keep in mind a smaller bag is always much more helpful. If you keep all these things in mind, you’re going to provide a good quality product for your cat or your pet and they’re going to thrive.