Best Brand of Cat Food?
Ever since I got my cat I've been feeding her IAMS kitten food.
I other thought that was a premium brand of pet food... but according to some of the answers i've gotten her, I was wrong.
So my question is, which brand (preferably available surrounded by stores) IS the best choice for healthy cats?
A cat is an obligate carnivore, which means it MUST eat meat. You should switch your cat to a grain free can cat food like Wellness (available at PetCo), Innova EVO ( mail order or pet specialty shops) or even particle free varieties of Fancy Feast.
If you feel you must feed dry food, at lowest possible feed a grain free one like Wellness Core or Innova EVO dry.
Dry cat food cause obesity, diabetes, kidney failure and a host of other problems. Part of the problem is that the commercial pet food companies go to the vet school to tout their food as the best, and to offer incentives to the vets for selling it.
Cornell Veterinary School and several other vet schools are proponents of a small piece free wet diet.
For more info on feeding your pet, go to http://catinfo.org Real info by a actual vet.
These foods are for adjectives life stages. I have a 5-month-old kitten and an 18-year-old cat both eating indistinguishable food (Wellness CORE)- they each have shiny coats, inquisitive personalities and on form weights.
The only reason I've chosen CORE over EVO is the fact that EVO contains cottage cheese, and I'm not certain I really like that.
If you're feeding dry food, make certain your cat is encouraged to drink lots of water. :) I've found that my cats drink more water the cooler it is and the deeper the bowl it's surrounded by.
I've included the links to each company below so you can compare ingredients. Good luck!
I have other fed my cat Whiskas.
Jake is now 10 and going strong :)
EDIT: contained by reference to the high protein foods-there have be cases where cats on these foods have kidney damage from the large protein levels. You have to remember cats are living longer than they used to so what what works for cats in the mad that have shorter lives isn't necessarily best for pets that live to 20+ years.
There are some good brands out there in the pet stores. don't buy anything from Walmart or supermarkets. Food such as whiskas, iams, science diet...no upright!
Like the other person said, cats are carnivores and need to eat meat. Look at some of the holistic brands such as Wellness, EVO, etc. Check the ingredients - the first 2-3 ingredients should be meat (e.g. chicken, chicken liver, etc). It shoulnd't be anything processed.
Go for can food as oppose to dry food. Dry is the real junk!! It's approaching McDonald's for us!
I personally feed raw meat and I believe that's even better than can food. Check out your pet supplies stores and see if they sell any frozen raw meat. If they do, afterwards go for the raw meat. It's the most natural food you can contribute to cats. It's what they would use in the nature. When they catch a mouse they don't cook it..they get through it raw! Canned food is cooked and there is some loss of vitamines, etc.
Turns out I can get both of these brands, plus quite a few other grain-free can foods, at a local pet store chain called Complete PetMart. You might have stores within your area that carry them, too. It seems close to it's often some of the mom-and-pop or local pet stores that carry specialty items like these, where on earth Petsmarts and stuff don't. The best brand at petsmart is the blue buffalo stuff.
But there are plentiful good brands available in pet stores. Petco carries two (Wellness and Natural Balance), some Petsmarts convey one (By Nature Organics), and others you might have to go to an independently owned pet store to find. Or sometimes organic groceries convey one or another.
These are the best:
What to feed:
The best of the worst - dry foods: My personal picks are Wellness Core, Innova Evo or Nature's Variety Instincts. A new line that looks clothed is Merrick's B.G. (Before Grain). I agree with some of the foods listed here but not all. I am joyous to review ingredient lists if requested: http://cats.approximately.com/cs/nutrition/tp/pr...
I personally have used Instincts, Wellness and Natural Balance.
But something i.e. absolutely the best food for cats would be raw meets. Chicken, salmon, liver. It is apart of their inbred health. Same as dogs. But that is yet again, vastly costly. Hope this helps.
my cat is 16 yrs old and been eating Fancy Feast for 16 yrs.
try looking up homemade recipe for cat food
I use Hi-Life as it contains 60% meat. I think a bit dry food is ok, left out in case your cat get hungry when yr not around.
I have 5 cats- 2 indoor & 3 outdoor so this is from personal experience. My oldest cat is 10 & very fighting fit & active. I feed all my cats Taste of the Wild brand. I similar to it because it's grain free & has no corn, soy, or by-products. It's also very assured on their stomachs- I have one cat that has a super touchy stomach & she have no problems at all with this food. I also like Fromm but it's not available surrounded by my area. Most people complain because it's a little more expensive (but not much compared to Iams) but I've found that they get through less so in the long run it's more cost effective. It's terrifically high protein! I hope this helps!
Feed your cats whatever you get the impression comfortable feeding them and if your cat has be on Iams since you had him/her and is so far healthy, then preserve him on Iams.
Lots of people will state to you a specific brand that they believe best. It can cause a lot of mental stress looking for the best cat food,
Iams is a pretty polite quality cat food anyway.
Good luck and dont stress on what everyone else says motive everyone has there preferences.