What is the best food to feed a cat?

 |  Aug 3rd 2006  |   1 Contribution


I am a new Catster member. I have been reading on about the "best cat
food" to feed your cat. My cat Boomer just turned one year and I plan on keeping him forever. I want to make sure I feed him the best food for his health, keep him active and keep his long-haired coat healthy too. I have even read about people who feed their cats human food and real meat. Is this good for your cat? With so many brands out there, I have NO idea which is the best. Could you please give me some tips? Thank you!

Leah
Utica, MI

There are dozens of brands of cat and dog food out there, in hundreds of flavors and varieties. Special foods exist for kittens, puppies, senior dogs and cats, animals with sensitive stomachs or sensitive skin, cats with hairball problems, indoor cats, small breed dogs, large breed dogs, specific breeds of dogs, and on and on. It's overwhelming.

What's more, plenty of people, from pet owners to pet store owners to dog trainers to breeders to veterinarians, have plenty of opinions on which foods are best. And the favorite pet food of one "expert" may be the least favorite food of another.

In my practice, I see pets that eat every type of food under the sun. I see which ones are healthy, and I see which ones have problems. And I have come to one major conclusion about feeding pets.

That conclusion is: feed a premium brand of food. As long as you do that, and as long as your pet is otherwise healthy, it's hard to go wrong. In my experience, there isn't much difference in the health of animals fed different premium brands. So, whether you pick Iams, Nutro, Science Diet, Innova, Royal Canin, Eukanuba, Purina One, or any comparable brand doesn't really matter. I recommend you feed your pet the food that works best for him and for you, as long as it's a premium brand.

Many of my clients prepare their pets' diets at home from human food. I'd recommend that you exercise caution with that. Pets, especially cats, have different nutritional needs from people. I have seen many pets who suffered nutrition-related problems when their owners fed human food without thinking the matter through properly.

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