February 5, 2016
When it comes to cat food, your favorite kitty is a connoisseur who demands the finest, right? With so many brands and flavors to choose from, how do you make the best choice for her health while catering to her discerning palate? Let’s go over some of the ways to make the tastiest decision and take a look at some of the best rated brands around today.
Making Healthy Cat Food Choices
It helps to keep a few things in mind when researching the best cat food for your kitty. First, in comparison to dogs, cats have not been domesticated for that long. This means that, chronologically speaking, they are much closer to their ancestors who hunted all of their daily meals and they are still devoted carnivores to this day. We know that some favor vegetarian diets for their cats, but most experts agree that a meat-based diet is always the best option.
A Little Word of Caution
As they can be high in carbohydrates and plant-based proteins, some veterinarians strongly oppose feeding cats dry food. In addition to the ingredients involved, many also urge against dry food because it is more highly processed and may not provide the long-term nutritional value your kitty needs.
Owners who’ve had to nurse a sick cat through a urinary disturbance also advise against the daily feeding of dry food. This is particularly important to consider if your fuzzy friend is a boy cat, since males are sometimes more susceptible to urinary issues than female cats. Exceptions do apply, however, and some cat owners have had great success with dry cat foods, especially those that are especially formulated to support good urinary health.
Dehydration is also of great concern to cats with a poor water intake. Should a cat not receive enough fluid intake, the following dehydration symptoms may arise:
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Kidney damage
Understanding that cats don’t naturally drink a lot of water, it is important to supply them with food that does. Left untreated dehydration can be fatal in cats.
None of this is to say that all canned food varieties are automatically a best option. Any food that is highly processed, has a high dye content or that is high in salt is never a good choice, either. Canned foods do tend to have a higher water content, however, which is always good for cats who tend to turn their noses up at a fresh bowl of your best water!
So, Which Cat Food is Best?
Not everyone agrees on the dry vs. canned food debate and Fetch! Pet Care doesn’t endorse any particular brand. We simply trust you to make good, healthy decisions based on the information we do our best to provide. So, while we won’t tell you which is the best, we do want to share a handy list built on the preferences of cat-loving consumers just like you! Whether canned, dry or raw, here are the best cat food varieties according to the good folks at Consumer Search:
Canned Cat Foods
- Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe
- Nature’s Logic Feline Canned Food — Chicken
- Newman’s Own Organics Chicken and Brown Rice
- Natural Balance Original Ultra Formula
- Trader Joe’s Chicken, Turkey and Rice Dinner
Dry Cat Foods
- Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula
- Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula
Raw Cat Foods
- Nature’s Logic Canine and Feline Frozen Food — Chicken
- The Honest Kitchen Grace (dehydrated cat food)
Is a Homemade Meal Best For Your Kitty?
With all of the options in the marketplace, DIY recipes are sometimes overlooked. If you enjoy cooking and live to make your beloved happy, this might be a good time to look into natural cat food options that you can prepare yourself. Talk to your veterinarian about the ingredients needed to ensure a balanced diet and make time to seek out some of the best recipes and cat snacks that you can make on your own.
Which Does Your Fabulous Feline Prefer?
Your cat is the best at knowing what she loves best and we want to know where her vote lies. Does she prefer dried or canned? Is she more of a chicken, lamb or beef lover? Do you have any experience in making your own cat food? Which brands and varieties does your little one tend to devour at feeding time and which can you recommend to other cat lovers looking for a good cat food to serve daily? Fill us in on all of the details of your cat’s feeding in the comment box below.