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Commercial cat food is researched and formulated to provide enough animal protein and other essential nutrients to keep cats in good health. Even though feline nutrition is an entire field of its own, we do not have to be experts to provide the proper nourishment for our kitties. The pet food Industry follows strict guide lines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO sets up food nutrient profiles, testing protocols, and labeling regulations. All the major pet food manufactures uses the protocols set by AAFCO as the standard for formulating the nutrient content of their products.
The pet food industry offers a multitude of nutritionally complete cat food that is 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for cats. They come in three basic types:
• Canned (wet)
• Semi moist (soft dry)
Besides the three basic types, cat foods are packaged based on whether they are generic (economy brands), popular (supermarket brands), and premium. The premium brands are sold mainly by pet stores and veterinarians. Premium brands are considered to have higher quality ingredients and are usually more expensive. Wal-Mart, the big monopoly department store in the US, sells some of the premium cat foods such as “Iams”.
Many of the commercially produced cat foods are nutritionally formulated to meet specific life cycle needs of cats. There are kitten formulas, adult formulas, and formulas for weight control, senior care, hairball control, dental care, urinary tract health, organic, and indoor cat formula.
The most recommended type of commercial cat food is wet food. It is suggested that any type of wet food regardless of price and type is better for a cat than dry food. The main reason for this is the moisture content. Cats are not prone to be major drinkers. In the wild they would hunt their own fresh food, fresh food has a very high moisture content. When a cat is given only dry food, cats must be enticed to drink more water. It is for this reason that cats who are given diets of dry food are more likely to develop urinary track infections. This is something that needs to be avoided. It can be extremely painful and detrimental for your cat.
I feed my cats both dry and wet food. I make my own wet food for my cats, using only chicken and chicken parts. I use an electronic pressure cooker for this. Cooking the whole chicken with bones for 3-4 hours also creates this extremely healthy type of broth which I blend up with the meat, creating a remarkably high moisture content that they really love.
Giving your kitty dry food is also very convenient. I use a fountain, and they love it and it encourages them to drink more water. Even though it has a filter, mainly of charcoal, I only give them distilled water. We live in an area of high lime content and I have found that my cats do not do well with the local tap water.
Go to my review for the Veken Pet Fountain, that my cats really love.