There are numerous cat food products that line the shelves of pet stores and many grocers. It can be confusing choosing the best food for your cat. Unfortunately, some products are not very healthy to give to your cat because of the large amount of fillers used to make the food.
Two of the most commonly used fillers are corn and rice. A steady diet of food with these ingredients may lead to a variety of health problems such as obesity or allergies. This is due to the fact that they are not nearly as easy for your cat to digest as healthy ingredients. The nutritive value that is found in fillers is also usually very poor.
Many people are not aware that low-budget cat foods are made from the least expensive ingredients obtainable. What this boils down to is they are made with a lot of fillers.
It is important to read the labels of food products your pet consumes. One thing that you may notice is the ingredient labeled ‘meat by-product’. What this means is it’s possible that there are such items as feathers, feet, organs, and heads that are crushed up and contained within the cat food. Look for food that list ingredients like lamb, chicken, or fish first, it generally means they not contain meat by-products.
The law requires cat food manufacturers to list product ingredients by their weight. So, cat foods have a larger amount of the ingredients that are listed first on their packaging label. A good note to remember is products that list specific types of protein meats first on the label are usually of high quality.
Some other factors that can also be helpful when you are trying to select the right cat food for the kitty in your home are as follows:
- The age of your cat
- The protein level contained in the food you purchase
- The weight of your cat
- Your pet’s level of activity