Best Food For Your Cat
I deserved healthier cat food! Our last cat, Lacey, lived for almost 17 years on essentially one dry kibble for most of her life. We adopted her at about a year old. She had been returned to a shelter by her original owner, due to severe irritable bowel issues. The foster owner put her on Iams Lamb and Rice which, we were told, cured the problem. And it apparently did, as we never had an issue with diarrhea or related issues. For that reason alone, we were afraid to mess with her diet until a few years ago, when we transitioned her to a lower calorie food. In her last year, she did develop kidney problems and urinary infections. So, her vet suggested k/d Rx canned food.
We were told that wet food in general is supposed to help prevent kidney issues. Wish we had known that sooner! Can’t say for sure that a diet of dry kibble caused her problems, since Lacey did have 15 healthy, happy years. But maybe it did? I tend to way over-analyze some purchases. So, hopefully my thorough research on cat food may benefit someone else now. Many pet food advocates believe that dry foods are the devil. Apparently, cats would normally get much of their water from food, rather than drinking. Dry food supposedly forces them to get enough water from drinking. Since many cats won’t drink enough, the theory is that they may become more susceptible to kidney problems and other issues. Some pet lovers go so far as to make their own raw diets from their own foods at home.
Cat Food Recommended By Kittens
Many pet food advocates believe that dry foods are the devil. Apparently, cats would normally get much of their water from food, rather than drinking. Dry food supposedly forces them to get enough water from drinking. Since many cats won’t drink enough, the theory is that they may become more susceptible to kidney problems and other issues. Some pet lovers go so far as to make their own raw diets from their own foods at home.
I can’t say if dry kibble is as bad as some claim, but there are other concerns about mass market pet foods. Not the least of which is “4D” pet food ingredients. Yeah, Google that. Yuck. There are also issues with ingredients from China and Asia (see Menu Foods and other massive recalls), from too much grain (not a natural cat diet), from fillers (not digestible to cats), from artificial ingredients, from Carrageenan, from BPA in cans, etc. Really, lots of the same stuff that concerns human food, but the pet food industry has even less regulation, so a lot more crap goes into some products. Why would I feed this to our two beautiful ragdoll kittehs?
For all the time, money and love we invest in our cats, it seems reasonable to spend a little time looking to feed them reasonable quality food. From my research, these are the criteria I quickly developed:]
1) Preferably no ingredients from China or SE Asia
2) Ideally made in the USA or Canada. Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand also acceptable.
3) Preferably USDA certified or at least real meat as the main ingredient(s). No “meat meal”, “animal meal”, “by-product” or other mystery protein sources.
4) High protein, low carb, minimal grain or, ideally, grain-free recipes.
5) No artificial ingredients or fillers. Certified Organic or Kosher is a bonus. Other terms like “Natural” or “Holistic” appear to be meaningless.
6) Preferably made and packed/canned at a company-owned facility and NOT outsourced to one of the huge industry co-packers such as Diamond or Simmons.