Choosing the Right Cat Food

Trying to decide which cat food to buy for your feline companion? While humans may not see much different from one cat food brand to the next, for cats your choice of cat food can make a world of difference. Healthier dry cat foods contain less filler products and more pure sources of protein, fats and other nutrients, while wet foods may entice your feline while also packing on unnecessary calories if used too often. Some cat foods are formulated for pets with urinary problems or excessive stress and anxiety. And what's good for one of your cats may not be the best option for other furry friends in your home. Need help deciding which cat food brand to go with? If so, understanding these popular myths and facts about cat food can help make your decision easier.

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MYTH: It's pointless to buy more expensive cat foods.

Expensive cat foods often serve specific dietary needs that many cats eventually have. For example, certain cat food brands may be tailored for felines with urinary tract issues. Other expensive cat foods may simply contain fewer processed filler ingredients, which might help prevent health issues from developing. Expensive cat food isn't always a necessity, but just like with people food, you get what you pay for.

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FACT: Organic cat foods contain free-range meat products.

Organic cat foods contain organic, free-range meats that are superior to other protein sources found in both canned and bagged foods. However, it's worth noting that these organic ingredients aren't often the primary ingredients in cat food recipes. It's more important to read ingredient labels and understand which types of foods are better for your cat's diet.

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MYTH: It's always OK for both cats to eat from the same food bowl.

Don't assume that both of your cats can share their food. If one of your cats has been prescribed a certain type of food, then that food could actually do harm to your other healthy cat. Talk to your veterinarian about whether your cats can safely share their foods.

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MYTH: Dry food is bad for cats.

Dry food is the mainstay of most cats' diets, and lately people have been questioning whether kibble is truly healthy for felines. The answer to this is yes -- dry foods for cats are perfectly fine. However, some cats have dietary needs that require different types of dry foods. Also, cats who eat mostly dry foods are more prone to dehydration, which can lead to urinary tract issues. However, providing your cat with daily meals of wet food can aid in hydration. But there's no need to fear the use of dry foods unless your pet's veterinarian tells you otherwise.

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MYTH: Canned cat foods don't offer anything more than bagged dry foods.

Wet, canned cat foods are rich with meat and are lower in carbohydrates, and they're also packed with water -- all of which are extremely beneficial for cats. However, indoor cats who eat primarily canned foods are more likely to gain weight, and also canned foods are more expensive. This is why most people use a combination of wet and dry foods for their cats.

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MYTH: The use of corn in cat food is bad.

Corn is used as a filler in many cat food products, and it's often blamed for causing weight gain, allergic reactions and other problems in cats. In reality, corn is fairly nutritious for cats, providing essential nutrients and carbohydrates. Also, corn is affordable. Don't fear a cat food brand simply because it contains corn.

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FACT: Your cat pay prefer certain cat food brands over others.

Some cats are indeed picky eaters! If you're trying to get your cat to eat on a schedule, then you may want to experiment with different cat foods to see which ones your feline likes best.

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FACT: There is no current standard for hollistic cat food products.

Use caution whenever considering a cat food brand that's labeled as holistic. There is no current industry regulation for labeling something as holistic rather than organic, so it could be nothing more than a marketing ploy. Again, always read ingredient labels and be aware of your cats' dietary needs.