There are so many choices on the market when it comes to cat food. With the many pet food recalls, many pet owners have stopped feeding their cats commercial pet food. Instead, many cat owners now prepare their cat food at home. So, what is the best food for your cat?
I am not a huge fan of raw food diets. I understand there are many benefits to feeding food to your cat that is raw and unprocessed, but I also think the risks outweigh the benefits. For one, you have to ensure the meat is free of parasites and pathogens. I believe, instead, that any homemade food should be cooked and properly balanced before feeding it to your cat.
For the most part, pet owners still feed their cats commercial diets. Even if you choose a cat food that claims to be natural, you should read the label. Many of these natural foods are still poor quality. You want to avoid foods that have gluten meal, soy meal, and corn gluten meal. These ingredients tend to cause many digestive problems in cats.
Unfortunately, many veterinary diets are just as bad. Many cat owners believe veterinary diets are healthy and high quality. Just like commercial foods, you should always read the labels. You will often find the veterinary diets are just as bad as the commercial ones.
It is hard to truly know what food is best for your cat. There are so many that are labeled as healthy, natural, or holistic. First, it is important to disregard those labels on cat food. Overlook the cute photos of kitties and, instead, look at the ingredient list. When looking for quality ingredients, find a cat food that includes animal proteins, organic ingredients such as meats, vegetables, grains, and fruits that are certified free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides, whole unrefined grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, and barley, human grade ingredients, and whole fruits and vegetables.
Though it can be difficult to find the right food for your cat, it is well worth the effort. The right food can help your cat be happy and healthy for many years to come.