Cat Food: 10 Top Tips for Choosing the Best Food

Finding the best cat food components is part of the process.  First, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.  

1. Know Nutritional     Needs

Fish Out of Water shows animal overfeeding. Cats too. Overfed cats risk cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, respiratory difficulties, and hypertension.

2. Feed Only Enough

Many meals claim "complete and balanced for all life stages." Convenient yet bad for kittens and senior cats. Cats' dietary demands change with age. Eat right. 

3. Age Matters

Cats like wet canned food. Cats love cheap kibble. Price versus. nutrition: how? Mix them. Mix in their favorite wet cat food. Wet cat food—how much? Daily teaspoon. 

4. Mix Wet With Dry     Food

Cat food grains are controversial. Scientists and clinicians are now warning against grain-free cat food, which was originally promoted to reduce fatty carbohydrates. 

5. Learn About Grains

Since cats stare at you while you eat, it's tempting to share your food. What human foods can cats eat?

6. Beware

Modern pet parents inquire about pet food ingredients. Cat food labels should list ingredients and manufacturing methods. Product pages, company websites, and food reviews need these.  Ask business. 

7. Research your         Brand

Canned, freeze-dried, raw, or dry cat food. Dry food lasts.  Refrigerated wet food is costly. Raw and freeze-dried foods are most expensive and controversial.

8. Food for All Budgets

The AAFCO Feline Nutrition Expert (FNE) Subcommittee established cat nutrition guidelines. They regulated cat food labels.  AAFCO controls food company claims.

9. Consult Experts

Cat food labels list ingredients by weight. Water makes animal proteins heavier, therefore they're first. Dehydrated kibble has lower-listed nutrients. 

10. Read the label