There are many types of cat food. Just go into any
supermarket and you’d likely run across a huge variety of
available cat food brands. There’s Purina, Friskies, Whiskas
and Tender Vittles, among many others.
Many of these brands, however, use leftover animal parts to
create their cat food mixture. That’s basically a mish-mash of
stuff like chicken beaks and feet, cow eyeballs and intestines.
Some would tell you that there is a chance that rats, roadkill
animals and animals euthanized in shelters are part of that
Fortunately, though, there are other cat foods available.
And they are better and made with higher-quality meat than
those previously mentioned. (They’re of such good quality pet
owners would attest that they’re even fit for human
consumption. Not that you should try it, of course.)
Quality cat food can be a bit expensive, however. On
average, they cost at least a couple of dollars more than the
supermarket brands. But is $2 really too much to pay if you’re
ensuring your cat stays healthy? The better cat food can also
add a few more years to your cat’s life.
The extra $2 won’t even sound like it’s too much if you look
at the long-term benefits. Better cat food naturally equates to
a healthier cat. A healthy cat saves you a lot of money on
veterinary bills. So you’re actually saving money by getting
the more expensive cat food on the aisle.
There are plenty of high-quality cat food brands around.
Here are some of them:
There are also two other types of cat food category: wet and
Wet cat food usually comes in cans and has higher quantities
of meat-based proteins. It also has more fat and moisture than
dry food. Each can of wet cat food typically has about 90%
water. So a cat that’s on a strictly wet food diet needs to
consume less water than one on a dry food diet only.
Dry cat food, as the name implies, has less water in its
makeup. Usually, the water content will only be around 10%.
That means a cat will need to have his water bowl filled at all
times as his thirst will not be quenched by food alone. Dry cat
food does have an advantage over the wet kind, though. Although
not guaranteed to work on all cats, it can help scrape plaque
off of your cat’s teeth.
One downside to dry cat food, however, is they’re almost
always packed with carbohydrate “fillers” in the way of corns
and grains. Cats being obstinate carnivores, they will find it
hard to digest grains, if they can even do it at all.
So as you can see, a diet consisting of both wet and dry cat
food may be a good idea, if not strictly necessary. You may
also want to consider giving your cat a variety of cat foods.
If you can get bored eating the same stuff every day, you can
bet that your cat does, too. So even a different flavor of his
usual brand of cat food can help in giving him variety.