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How to Choose Cat Food

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Healthy cat food options promote and enhance a kitten’s growth well into adulthood. She needs to stick to a nutrient-rich food for proper development. Here’s what you need to know to find the healthiest cat food for her.

Protein, Carbs, and Fat

The healthiest cat food options are those that contain the required nutrients for balanced nutrition. In addition to clean, fresh water, a cat’s regular nutritional requirements for healthy living include balanced nutrition including nutrients like protein, carbs and fat – which help keep your cat’s muscles, skin and coat healthy. Carbs are important to provide energy, allowing a cat to function at peak performance for extended periods of time.

Some notes

When you begin your search for a food that benefits your feline friend, you typically see the following ingredients listed on each label:

  • Chicken, barley, turkey, tuna, corn and dried egg product are excellent sources of protein.
  • Fish oil and soybean oil. Fats are essential in a healthy cat food, especially when storing energy.
  • Ground whole grain corn. Carbs that give your furry friend the energy she needs to prance around the house after you’ve gone to bed.
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Found in fish oil, eggs, and flaxseed, these fats will give her a gorgeous coat of fur and smooth underlying skin.
  • Calcium. This nutrient gives your cat strong, healthy bones and muscle.
  • Vitamin E and C. Both of these vitamins protect your cat’s cells while keeping her immune system in tiptop shape.

Organic and Natural Options

If you’re interested in going the organic food route, it’s important to know the differences in product labeling. For example, a product labeled as “organic” must contain one hundred percent certified organic ingredients and the “processing aids” need to be organic as well, while the labeling term “made with organic” requires only seventy percent of the ingredients to be organic. As outlined in the USDA organic regulations, there are additional criteria for the labeling terms, such as how companies must identify these organic ingredients on the label. And keep in mind that, as research-based evidence shows, there is no nutritional benefit to organic ingredients.

by Christine O’Brien

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