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Choosing a Healthy Cat Food

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Are your cats part of the family? Do you see them as little furry children? Do you talk to them and cuddle with them when you’ve had a tough day? I know that this is the way we feel about our cats.  Since I have been trying to make healthier choices for myself and my family, it really only makes sense that I take steps to make healthier choices for our cats. Of course, choosing a healthy cat food is just as confusing as choosing healthy people food.

Choosing a healthy cat food

Choosing a Healthy Cat Food

So how do you figure out which cat food is healthy and which is not? I guarantee you that the unhealthy foods aren’t going to tell you that on the label.  They all want you to think that their brand is the best choice. How can you tell the difference? Here are a few things I consider when choosing a healthy cat food:

  • Where is it made? My preference is for cat food made in the USA. Picking made in the USA cat food from companies that use strong quality control also helps reduce the chances of feeding your cat food that may have been contaminated with an ingredient that may cause them to be sick.
  • Consider your cats age.  Kittens and seniors don’t have the same nutritional needs.  Look for a cat food that is targeted toward your cat’s specific age.
  • Choose what’s important to you. Are you very concerned about GMO’s? Do you insist on an organic cat food? Are you looking for a gluten free cat food for allergy reasons? Read the labels carefully and make an informed decision.
  • What about protein source? If your cat has allergies, you may want to consider the source of the protein in their cat food.  Speak to your vet about possible allergies and, if they recommend it, look for an anti-allergy protein source.
  • Wet or dry? Much of this is dependent on your cat’s preferences.  Wet food that is broken down into single serving cans may be a good choice for pets who are watching their weight. Dry food may work better for cats that eat a bit of food and then come back later for more.

Choosing a Healthy Cat Food

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. I never really thought about whether or not my cat’s pet food was healthy – same for our dog’s food! I have always bought the indoor cat, older cat, etc food, but haven’t really looked at the ingredients. Thank you for opening my eyes!

  2. We don’t have cats we feed as they are barn cats around my husbands shop. However I am sure that like our dog food I would grab a bag from the chef and not realize they are not all created equal.

  3. We dont have cats but I have always done a ton of research for my dog’s food. They really do much better on a simple, natural food.

  4. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I try to shoes healthy pet food for all my pets. I hoe it can eliminate illness and keep them healthy for many years to come.

  5. When I was younger I used to buy what pet food was on sale or the cheapest. Now that I know that all pet food isn’t the same, I look at the ingredients when buying their food.

  6. When we had cats, i always went for the cheapest – no, no, no! You have to be choosy and pick for health, it’s not worth saving a buck or two!

  7. Same things can apply to dog food (we’re dog people). Does it count if we feed a healthy-fed cat to our dog?   ;)

  8. I don’t have a cat, but I think the same applies to dog food. They need to eat healthy as much as we do!

  9. I am seriously so excited to try out Only Natural Pet products! I am definitely big on making sure our food doesn’t contain any GMO’s. If it’s not good for us humans, why do they think it is ok for our pets? Uhm…no! 

  10. Great advice! It really depends on your cat as rightly mentioned. I know my friend’s tabby is a fussy kitty!

  11. I wish I could have a cat! My husband is allergic..VERY allergic! But I want one so bad!

  12. My cats are like little furry kids. We researched food because we have a cat with grain allergies and needed a simple food for her. Your cats are little cuties!

  13. I didn’t know you were a cat lover, my cat passes away about 6 years ago – this are great tps! 

  14. I know my daughter feeds her cat dry food, but mostly because of the expense. Wet food is a treat.

  15. We have a dog, but I imagine many of the same tips would apply for shopping for healthy dog food too….?

  16. It’s so important for us, as pet owners, to do what is best for our pet.  Ensuring they have a healthy food is key.

  17. Thanks for these wonderful tips! We adore our three kitties and want the very best for them ;) 

  18. Yes, getting the right food is important. We spend a fortune on our pets’ food! Your cats are so cute!

  19. This is an eye-opening post. I really don’t pay particular attention of what I give my pet. As long as it makes them full and satisfied, that’s it for me. Now that I’ve read your post, I will surely be more conscious of what I feed them. :)

  20. I’m not a cat owner but, WOW, this is a great post. I didn’t know you’d have to really look into what we feed them. They are a part of the family so, of course you need to choose the right one.

  21. Your cats are beautiful.  I have two cats myself, and they are like kids to me.  It’s very important to buy a high quality, healthy cat food for them.  I think it’s definitely worth the extra money to make sure they are getting all of the nutrients they need, and not eating food that could cause harm to them.  

  22. We dont have cats, but I will be passing this information on to friends and family that do. It is important that we make good food choices for our pets like we do ourselves.

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