How do you know what's the best dry cat food?
There's only one way you can tell - you need to look at the dry cat food ingredients. After all, it's not the look of the packaging, or the price that's the most important thing - it's the food going into your cat's body.
The best foods will include meat, such as beef, chicken, turkey, duck or lamb, sources of omega-3s (salmon or flax oil) and minimal to no grains.
Fillers high in
carbohydrates do nothing to promote a cat's health and are often the
principal culprits behind food allergies and digestive problems.
Cheaper, generic dry cat food contains mostly fillers, with meat
"by-products" often listed first as an ingredient to make you
think the food has meat in it.
Actually, meat by-products in low-quality cat food come from what is referred to as "4-D" sources, i.e., animals rejected at meat processing "for human consumption" plants because they were labelled "disabled, dead or dying".
Not a nice thought is it?!
When cat food labels reveal that meat by-products are included, you should be aware that the quality of these by-products is inconsistent at best.
This organization is comprised of voluntary members who work for federal, state and local agencies to regulate the distribution and sale of animal drug remedies and animal food.
The goals of the AAFCO are to safeguard the health of humans and animals, provide consumer protection and "provide a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry" (AAFCO Website).
According to the AAFCO's "Guidance/Framework for Best Management Practices for Manufacturing, Packaging and Distributing Animal Feeds and Feed Ingredients", feed ingredients should:
The best dry cat food will usually have an AAFCO statement on the bag that indicates that food had undergone rigorous testing and has been approved by the AAFCO.
In addition, cat food regulated by the AAFCO will contain adequate amounts of protein, essential amino acids (taurine, arginine, leucine, etc.), minerals (calcium, iron, copper, magnesium), vitamins A, D, K, E and B complexes), choline and folic acid.
Because cats are true carnivores and require sufficient protein in their diet to remain healthy, the amount of dry weight protein contained in dry cat food directly affects how much the food will benefit a cat's overall health. You can easily calculate the dry matter value using this formula:
Confused, don't be! Let's use an example, if a 10 pound bag of dry cat food contains 11 percent moisture and 33 percent protein, you would subtract 11 from 100 to get 88, then divide 88 into 33 and get 37.5 percent protein by dry matter.
Iams cat food and Science Diet cat food have been approved by the AAFCO and follows guidelines established by this regulatory committee. Iams and Hills Science Diet cat food is available at Pet Food Direct.
To give your cat's the best dry cat food that not only tastes better but provides necessary nutrients to ensure they live a long and healthy life, always inspect ingredient labels of any cat foods, especially department store brand cat foods, before purchasing them.
There's no doubt that you will pay more for better quality food. After all - your pets deserve the best care that we can possibly give them.
Where To Now
Connect With Us