Many pet owners who compare the nutritional information on various brands of pet food may find that a cheaper brand has comparable nutritional value as a premium higher-priced cat food. What this really means is that those two foods match up in the laboratory. For example, just a piece of shoe leather may rate as high as does say, for instance, lean chicken breasts in the content of protein; of course your cat would rather eat chicken. What you really need to know is just how the different nutrients match up inside of your cat.
You see, it really doesn’t matter how much of a certain nutrient there is inside of a can of cat food, but rather, how much of this nutrient your cat’s digestive system is able to take up. The more inexpensive foods are usually made from cheaper ingredients, some of which your cat may not be able to readily digest. Just because your cat wolfs it down and begss for more does not mean a food is good for her, just like children and junk food.
Different kinds of animals need different amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in their diets. This is one reason why dog food isn’t good for cats–dogs and cats need different percentages of protein and fats to stay healthy. In addition to this, these needs change during the animal’s life. A kitten has different nutritional needs than an adult cat, and they all have different needs according to their levels of activity and age. There’s a whole line of prescription diets for cats with various health problems as well.
We’ve all seen a cat come running at the sound of operating a can opener, so there’s no doubt your cat loves wet cat food from a can. But is canned food better for cats than is the dry food? Not necessarily. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of food. The most important thing is to make sure the food you choose meets the nutritional needs of your cat.
Each of the different types of foods has it’s strong and weak points, such as that dry food is convenient, cheap, and can be left out all the time. The way some dry foods are made seems to encourage the formation of bladder stones, but on the other hand, the crunchiness of dry food helps prevent dental plaque. The convenience of semi moist cat food and tastiness enjoyed by your cat is counterbalanced by the fact that they may well contain the most nonfood filler and dyes of all the types of cat food.
The moral of this story is that specialty and name brand pet foods are made by companies that do a whole lot of research into the nutrition of pets and they are always trying to improve their quality of their foods so that they are able to keep up with the latest new information. They also use quality ingredients and have all the nutrients that your cat needs to use to be healthy. It may cost just a little more, but isn’t your cat worth it?