Best Dry Cat Food

by Pet Coupon Savings on August 7, 2013

Trying to find the best dry cat food for your cat? This article has several tips to help you find the best food for your feline companion.

Cats are more than just a pet. To many people their cats are an extension of their family and they only want the best for them. You will want to ensure you are feeding your cat the best dry cat food possible. Feeding your cat a well-balanced diet made from the best ingredients can help to improve his quality of life, bones and overall health.

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How To Find The Best Dry Cat Food:

Nutritional Needs for Cats

The nutritional needs for cats are pretty simple. Cats do not need foods that are filled with preservatives, fillers or additives. Cats also do not need carbohydrates but most products do contain some sort of carbohydrate.

What cats do need is protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, water, fatty acids and enzymes. When looking for the best dry cat food you should ensure you are checking off as many of those needs as possible.

What To Look For

When shopping for the best dry cat food you should ensure you are reading the labels before you purchase. All foods should have named protein such as chicken, turkey, fish or lamb. The label should not simple say meat. You will also want to check the expiration date to make sure you are not feeding your cat an outdated product.

Make sure any food you buy is labeled as complete and balanced. The wording complete and balanced can not be printed on any packaging where certain criteria is not met.

Some of the criteria for complete and balanced is:

  • Has been tested to ensure it is healthy for the stage of life printed on the packaging. (Kitten, Adult or Senior)
  • The food must meet or exceed the standards set forth by AAFCO. (American Association of Feed Control Officials)
  • Uses natural preservatives, such as Vitamins E & C.

Knowing what to look for in advance will help you determine the best dry cat food for your cat.

Things to Avoid

Avoid buying any cat food that has the words; by-products, bone meal or animal digest. If you see any of these words on the packaging you should avoid purchasing that particular brand of food. You should also keep an eye out for chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, BHA or BHT. These are chemicals that you should not be serving to your furry buddy!

What is the best dry cat food?

Popular Brands of the Best Dry Cat Foods:

If you are still unsure of what the best dry cat food is do not hesitate to ask your vet for a suggestion.

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Teresa August 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Our cats, and I guess all cats are known for their sensitive stomachs, and we finally found something that agrees with both our cats. Evo works for them, so we have stuck with that for a few years now. These are great tips.

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Allyson Bossie August 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

WE have a dog, so I can’t tell you what cat’s need, but I agree on the no fillers, no by products, no wheat no grains, no corn. Dogs are carnivores, and they need the majority of their diet to be from meat. Raw is best, but I have found a brand that is only bison and deer in a bag!

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Nicole Copeland September 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Great post..Need to re consider out kitty’s food!

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Pet Coupon Savings September 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Thanks Nicole. I hope it helps. :)

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OurFamilyWorld September 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

This is great information! I think it’s really important for pet owners to understand that not all foods are created equal. Also, just because a store sells it doesn’t mean it’s good! We use a lot of the foods on your list.

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Amanda Rodriguez September 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Thanks for the recommendation! My cats’ food isn’t up there, I feel like a bad mommy and now I want to get them the best! :)

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Bernard A. Baker November 12, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Some helpful tips here — thank you for a great article! writing this has made me realise that I have to start taking action

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