Why Does Research Matter?
Just like you wouldn't blindly grab food off the supermarket shelf and assume it was healthy, the same goes for pet food. The Association of American Feed Control Offices (AAFCO) has established guidelines for cat food, and every food we recommend has a "complete and balanced" statement from AAFCO. As cats are carnivores, all cat foods should have animal protein and fat. Canned versus dry food is a big debate. We are reviewing canned foods at this time since it is higher in moisture content (generally up to 78%, versus 10% in dry food), and cats tend to have low thirst drives. This can be beneficial for cats with diabetes, kidney disease, or urinary tract problems. Cats with particular health problems may need a prescription diet, so it's always a good idea to check with your vet. Additionally, cat nutrient needs vary with age. This review focuses on food for healthy, adult cats.
Why Do We Recommend Wellness Core Classic Pate?
Wellness Core Classic Pate meets AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages. It is made in North America and the first ingredients are always the protein source. It is available in several flavors such as Turkey & Duck, Beef, Venison & Lamb, and Whitefish, Salmon & Herring. There is also an Indoor Chicken & Chicken Liver recipe, since indoor cats typically have lower energy needs than outdoor cats so need fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight. All cans are BPA-free for your cats' health.
What's So Great About Taste of the Wild Feline Formula?
Taste of the Wild is a family-owned company inspired by the idea that pet food should reflect what animals would eat in the wild. The manufacturing plants are in the United States, and the company vets all ingredient suppliers. This cat food is grain, corn, and wheat-free. It also does not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. The protein sources, such as salmon and venison, are sustainably-sourced and humanely-raised. It contains the addition of super foods like tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries for antioxidants to keep your cat's immune system healthy. It also contains a blend of omega fatty acids for skin and coat health.
How Did Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Make Our List?
Blue Buffalo as a company began due to the health problems one family's dog experienced, which led them to rely on researchers and scientists to produce better pet food. Their Healthy Gourmet wet food for cats features gravies to provide extra moisture to cats who often don't drink enough. They are protein-rich, do not contain chicken or poultry by-product meals, and don't contain corn, wheat, or soy. They also include fruits and vegetables for antioxidants. Flaxseed and fish oil provide omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coats.
Why Do We Love Hill's Science Diet Adult Wet Cat Food?
Hill's boasts that they have more than 220 vets, scientists, and pet nutritionists who are working all the time to advance their research. All manufacturing plants are in the United States, and ingredients are sourced from North America, Europe, and New Zealand. Hill's Science Diet does not include any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Each purchase of Science Diet contributes to feeding homeless pets in the United States. There are flavors like tuna, turkey, chicken, beef, and more. Hill's offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or your money back.
When changing your cat's food, consider speaking with his or her veterinarian first in case he has any specific health needs that can affect his diet. Cats, as they get older, can be prone to diseases like diabetes, making lower carbohydrate canned wet food is a desirable choice. Additionally, the higher moisture content of canned wet foods are good choices for warding of kidney disease and urinary tract conditions. Always keep unused opened cans of food in the refrigerator. The canned food will usually contain guidelines on the label as to how much your cat should eat per day based on weight and whether you feed her canned food alone or canned food mixed with dry food.