Subject: What to look for in cat food.
What to feed a cat can be a confusing issue for many cat owners. Vets tell new owners one thing. Pet store owners say something else and then there are commercials on tv. I hope to be able to help clarify what to look for in a good wet cat food.
Like human food, you want to learn to read labels. Cats are obligate carnivores. Their bodies are design to eat a predominantly meat-based diet. Being a carnivore, cat foods should be primarily meat.
When looking at a cat food label, look at the first 5 ingredients listed on the can. A healthy, good quality cat food will list named protein sources. For example, you want to see chicken, not chicken by-products.
Here is an example of the top ingredients of a good quality wet food: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Egg, Brown Rice, Herring. Note the named protein sources and easily identified ingredients. For comparison, here is an example of a popular but low quality wet cat food: Meat by-products, water sufficient for processing, chicken, poultry by-products, fish. In this food, there is only one named protein source while the rest of the ingredients are rather vague.
The benefit of the good quality food is a healthier cat, less shedding, less litterbox output and you will need to feed less for your cat to get the nutrition it needs. The first food in my example costs $1.12 for a 5.5 oz. can. The second food costs $.62 for a 5.5 oz. can but it is actually more expensive because you need to feed two 5.5 ounce cans per day for an 8 pound cat where the same cat only needs 6 ounces of the high quality food per day.
I would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that we have a new forum devoted to Shelties.