I feed a lot of cats. A LOT. I feed indoor and outdoor cats. I feed kittens. I feed cats with kidney problems. I feed cats who live in vegans homes and cats that have failing kidneys. They all eat something different. Some different ratio of wet to dry. So who is feeding their cat the best food?
Turns out – all cats are different. Shocker! There are so many different diatary and health needs in each individual feline, it is impossible to bestow the title of “Best Cat Food in the World” on just one bag of kibble or can of wet food. (Imagine trying to choose “Best Food in the World” for all humankind!)
We should all be more aware of what we are feeding our cats (and dogs!), though. That literally just means read the food label. If there is something that you have no earthly idea what it is…Google it! If there is a long list of somethings that you have no earthly idea what they are…it might be time to reconsider what you are serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Reviews.com has a wonderful cheat sheet on what to consider when feeding Fluffy.
I actually took the time to read the complete article The Best Cat Food: Safe and Healthy Formulas for your Feline Friend. Lots of information here! Here are a few random points that I found interesting:
—Reviews.com picked “10 of Our Favorite Cat Foods”. Again – I think lists like these are so subjective. Every cat is SO DIFFERENT. But, I do think these lists are a good place to start your research. What I found unique about this list is the fact that they took things like past recalls and customer complaints into account. As someone who obsessively reads reviews for everything online…I found this awesome. Let’s be real – I care more about what other cat lovers think about a particular food than details about where the grains were processed.
—Rendering facilities. Y’all. I was totally ignorant. This particular article mentioned these plants acquiring “animal products” from other sources including slaughterhouses and ANIMAL SHELTERS. I wanted to believe this was some sort of scare tactic designed to get me to shell out for pricier foods…so I turned to the world wide web to ease my fears. After reading many, many things – including this and this – I realized all pet owners should be making a bigger issue out of these “rendering facilities”!!!
—Wet vs Dry? The age old question…which should you be feeding your cat. Spoiler – there is no right or wrong answer. There are so many subjective qualities to be taken into account here. Your furry family member’s needs are only really known by you.
At the end of the day, you…the wonderful, caring, blog-reading, Google-researching cat parent that you are…have to read labels and ask questions. Simply being informed will ensure that you are doing all you can to provide the best life for that feline family member of yours!