What is the Best Cat Food?

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Question:  What are the best and worst Cat Food? What to know before buying one?

Hello, I’m a new cat parent, can you share some foods should cats avoid? How often should a cat eat? Why does my cat keep begging for food? Also, What cat food brands do vets most recommend? Thanks!

 

Answer:

Wet cat foods have some natural advantages over dry cat food. Wet foods are generally higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates because, to keep its shape, kibble needs a relatively high carbohydrate content. Wet foods are sterilized using heat and steam, which means they don’t need artificial preservatives like mixed tocopherols, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), or ethoxyquin.

Wet foods also contain a lot more water than dry foods, which is beneficial for cats because they are naturally predisposed to get most of their water from their food rather than a water bowl. If possible, avoid feeding cats dry food and opt for wet instead. Whichever type of food you choose, make sure it is made with quality ingredients and has an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) statement of nutritional adequacy that is appropriate for your cat’s life stage printed on its label. Your veterinarian can help you find a good food based on your cat’s age, health status, lifestyle, and other factors. Cats are designed to eat multiple small meals throughout the day. Feeding cats just twice a day can lead to begging in between meals. If your schedule doesn’t allow frequent feedings, consider purchasing an automatic feeder.

Veterinarians typically recommend cat foods like the following:
• Purina Pro Plan High Protein Turkey & Cheese Entree in Gravy Wet Cat Food
• Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free Chicken Turkey & Chicken Liver Pate Canned Cat Food
• Nulo Freestyle Turkey & Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Canned Cat & Kitten Food

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If you have any specific health concerns related to your pet, please be sure to take the pet to your vet or an emergency vet, or if you have concerns related to something your pet may have eaten another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

Dr. Jennifer Coates
Dr. Jennifer Coates was valedictorian of her graduating class at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is also the author of numerous articles and books including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian.