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Every cat owner wants to keep his/her cat healthy for as long as possible. If you haven’t realized it already, feeding a high quality diet to your cat is the best way to do it. However, finding the best food for your cat can be quite a challenge. The choices are practically endless and there is no dearth of disagreement and controversy when it comes to the debate of how best to feed your cat.What to look for in cat food?
Start by looking at the label. If the manufacturer advertises the food as containing a single ingredient, then it must contain at least 95 percent of that ingredient without added water. Likewise, if the pet food is advertised to contain a combination of ingredients, they must together constitute 95 percent of the food.Foods that have descriptive phrases (like platter, dinner, entrée) must have at least 25 percent of the named ingredient. If the label states “with” a specific ingredient, then it needs to have only 3 percent of that ingredient. Products that advertise a specific flavor (“beef” or “chicken” flavor) needs to contain only a minor amount of that particular ingredient.Check the source of the animal protein
The next step is to take a good look at the list of ingredients. Bear in mind that the ingredients are usually listed by weight. Ingredients that have a lot of moisture content (like poultry, beef, fish or chicken) are usually at the top of the list as they have the most moisture content. Ingredients that are further down might offer essential nutrients but weigh less because the water content has been removed.All cat foods
must have a source of animal fat and protein. Our feline friends are obligate carnivores and they need nutrients like arachidonic acid and taurine in their diet. They can only be found in animal sources, not plant based sources. The animal source might be in the form of poultry, beef, chicken, fish, turkey or other meats. Quality cat food products like the Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain-Free Wet Cat Food fortify their blend with extra taurine to meet the nutritional needs of your cat.Consider grains
The use of glutens and grains in pet food has been a major source of debate and controversy. Grain based diets
are an excellent carbohydrate source. Cats can metabolize them easily and use them as a source of energy. Although some animal experts believe that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates in better for cats, there is no conclusive evidence to support this stance.It is important to bear in mind that grain free diets are not necessarily low in carbohydrates. In most of the cases, they have been replaced by another carb source like potatoes. If you are looking for a low carbohydrate cat food, you need to make sure that this is not the case.