Experts recommend raw food in lieu of dry cat food however with the cost of the food and preparation it is understood why pet owners choose alternatives. Wet food such as canned cat food is recommended as a close second. Last and least recognized as the proper food for a cat's diet is dry food. Ideally, veterinarians do not want you to you're your cat more than a half and half mixture. Most recommend no dry food at all.
Raw food is not used very often due it being messy, expensive and too time consuming to prepare. Grinding and adding nutrients and supplements is a great deal of work and most pet owners do not have the time to spend in the preparation process. Buying food in bulk takes adequate room in refrigerator and freezer. There are more and more companies selling the food to support the raw diet. The food is typically sold in twenty pound increments and the average price today is ninety five dollars for chicken and one hundred and fifteen dollars for turkey. These costs do not include sales tax or shipping.
Canned food should be a wellness cat food or a natural cat food brand. Look for ones that have a high protein count and are grain free. Brown rice is fine in moderation but veterinarians prefer no grains at all. Several of the wellness brands have a combination of proteins that include chicken, chicken broth, chicken hearts and salmon which are the top of the protein category. Nearly all of the natural brands of cat food contain less carbohydrates and no fillers. There are no artificial preservatives or colors, hormones, antibiotics and the food is all organic. Read the label for caloric count as it is higher in some brands than it is in others. Higher calories are not what the centenarians recommend in diet cat food.
Choose dry food that is at least fifty percent protein and grain free. If the top four ingredients are meat then it is considered a quality dry food. In addition, it should not contain fillers, by-products or hormones, antibiotics. All organic foods are ideal and again look at the calorie count on the label. Dry food is preferred by owners as it is easy to store and makes cleaning the litter box easy. Cost is reasonable and more affordable than canned or raw foods.
So what should you feed your cat is an age old question and has experts disagreeing.
Research is always helpful before walking into a pet store. Use the internet to obtain information and read some of the message boards as pet owners experiences will help with the decision process. Some cats do not like the natural or wellness canned foods and prefer the dry food which is not good for them. Try serving them half dry cat food and half canned when introducing them to a new food.