There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about proper nutrition for cats, and despite their best intentions, many pet owners don’t know what’s really in the cat food they buy. With debates raging about protein and carb balance, plus brands throwing around attractive words like ‘premium’ and ‘all-natural,” it’s easy to get misled.
Reviews.com recently conducted research into this matter altogether. They spent 300 hours researching the industry to find the truth about cat food, the good and bad ingredients, and looked into the great debate on dry cat food for dental health or wet cat food for their cat’s hydration. They surveyed 97 veterinary professionals and 437 cat owners, read dozens of articles and studies, and analyzed the ingredients of more than 1,700 cat food formulas—all to discover what matters most in picking out the best cat food. Ultimately, they landed with 37 approved formulas based on the real needs of cats.
The truth of the matter is–what’s actually in the formula is the most important factor of any of the cat foods. High-quality ingredients–whole proteins that don’t have harmful or controversial substances–are among the most important parts of the best food formulas. See the infographic to see the list of what to look for in your cat’s food.
Rendered fat is a common pet food additive that can increase bacteria and leads to mold and doesn’t provide the health benefits that come from whole fats (found in real fish and meats). Artificial colors and flavors are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs–even in human food! Ultimately, low-quality ingredients can actually be harmful and lead to a slew of health problems like kidney disease, obesity, and dental issues.
Not All Cats Are The Same
It’s important to note that cats have complicated dietary needs and not all cats are alike in this regard. A cat’s specific diet can depend greatly on its age, allergies or food sensitivities–so it’s important to talk with your vet to see what your cat’s specific need are and how they can be met.