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A Complete Guide to Cat Food - Part I

I had to include this one because if you know me, you’ll know that I am not a fan of cats. I am, however, a fan of the food they eat. And this is one of those weird things where if it’s not animal food, then there’s no way it’s good for cats. So, in this blog post, we are going to discuss cat foods. This is a two-part blog series. In this part, we’re discussing Cat Dry Food

what is dry cat food

Dry Cat Foods are made by combining & then cooking meats, vitamins, minerals & other essentials at a higher temperature, because of which the starches become more digestible. 

How to keep your cat healthy

How to maintain a healthy cat?

There will be many tips on Google for this particular question. But we want to particularly focus on one main point, i.e, Perfect Diet. To maintain the perfect diet you need to do two basic things:

  1. Don’t overfeed your cat.
  2. Choose the dry food according to your cat’s nutritional needs.

     

Tips on choosing the best dry cat food for your feline friend

Tip #1. Look for Nutritional Ingredients in the Dry Food:

The First & foremost task is to check the nutritional ingredients in the dry food.

As cats are carnivores, meat is one of the key ingredients for achieving a balanced diet.
According to Bruce Kornreich, DVM, the director of the Cornell Feline Health Center in Ithaca, New York, “If meat and meat by-products are among the first ingredients listed, it suggests the food likely has enough animal-source ingredients to provide essential amino acids and fatty acids”.

But other ingredients are also needed which will help cats to get essential nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D. Shelly Ferris, DVM, the regional director of Petco Veterinary Services, recommends cat food with “natural whole ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and high-quality carbohydrates like rice, oats or potatoes.”

Tips #2. Always check AAFCO Label

Always check that the food you’re choosing for your cat has AAFCO label in its pack.

Tips#3. Choose the Cat Dry Food according to Cat's Life Stage

There are three age groups for cats: kitten, adult & senior. But in India, dry cat foods are of two varieties, 1. Kitten (2-12 months ) 2. Adult (1+ years). So according to age group choose the dry food for your cat.

Tip#4. Avoid Dry Cat Foods with non-essential ingredients

Avoid cat dry foods with artificial colors and added flavoring, and artificial preservatives. Also, avoid toxic ingredients such as garlic, onion, and chives.

How much food should you feed your cat?

It depends on many factors such as age, health, weight, etc. Every dry cat food has a complete descriptive feeding guide in its pack. Also, it is recommended to consult with the vet regarding this matter.

How long does dry cat food last once opened ?

Normally Cat Dry Foods has a 12-18 months expiry period from the date of manufacturing, or, import. Once opened store the food in a clean metal air-tight container. Keep the food in the original bag within the container & store the food in a cool and dry environment.

Best Dry Food for Cat:

There is no such thing as best or worst in the case of cat dry foods. We’ve listed out some of the best cat foods available in the market below:

 

  1. Whiskas: One of the most celebrated brands in India, Whiskas Dry Foods contain all the essential nutrients that a cat needs for their healthy & active life. 

Whiskas Bestselling Products:

Each & every dry food from Whiskas are the bestselling cat dry foods.

 

  1. Whiskas Kitten Ocean Fish: Whiskas Kitten Dry Food is an ideal meal for your kitten (2-12 months old). Whiskas Kitten comes with 41 essential nutrients which maintain Healthy Bone & Body Growth, Healthy Immune System. Overall Whiskas Kitten Food is a well-balanced dry food that strengthens the kitten’s vital system from the inside out.
  2. Whiskas Adult Ocean Fish: Whiskas Ocean Fish Dry Food is created with the best ocean fish & poultry ingredients, also contains the best wholegrain cereals & other essential nutrients such as vitamins & minerals such as omega 3 & 6, which makes it not only a tasty recipe for the cats but also a healthy meal that will help a cat lead a healthy, active and long life.
  3. Whiskas Adult Tuna: Whiskas Tuna Dry Food is created with the best Tuna & poultry ingredients, also contains the best wholegrain cereals (corn, rice, wheat) & soybean, which makes it not only a tasty recipe for the cats but also a healthy meal that will help a cat lead a healthy, active and long life.

 

Farmina N&D Bestselling Products:

We’ve selected two of Farmina N&D products which are the bestsellers.

 

  1. Farmina N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Kitten Food: It is a complete food for kittens, gestating or lactating cats. It comes in three variants, 300gm, 1.5kg & 5kg.
  2. Farmina N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Adult Cat food: Farmina Chicken and Pomegranate Adult Cat food recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance. Overall it is a complete food for adult cats. It also comes in three weight variants: 300 gm, 1.5 kg & 5 kg.

 

Matisse: Matisse comes with a complete range of high-quality cat foods. It is a brand of Farmina. Matisse has 4 types of dry food.

 

  1. Matisse Kitten 1-12 Months Food: It is a complete & balanced food for kittens and pregnant or lactating cats. It comes in 3 variants, i.e, 400 gm, 1.5 kg & 10 kg.
  2. Matisse Neutered Salmon: It’s a specially formulated dry food for Neutered Cats. It comes in 3 variants, i.e, 400 gm, 1.5 kg & 10 kg.
  3. Matisse Rice & Chicken: It is a complete & balanced food for adult cats with a flavor of Rice & Chicken. It comes in 3 variants, i.e, 400gm, 1.5 kg & 10 kg.
  4. Matisse Salmon & Tuna: It is a complete & balanced food for adult cats with a flavor of Salmon & Tuna. It comes in 3 variants, i.e, 400gm, 1.5 kg & 10 kg.

Meo Bestselling Products:

Prepared in Thailand, Me-O is considered as one the best cat foods available in the market both by Breeders & Cat Parents. It has a different flavor of foods available. In this article we will talk about some of the dry foods which are on our bestsellers list.

 

  1. Me-O Mackerel Dry Cat Food: This food has a mackerel flavor which is one of the most lovable flavors by cats. It comes in various weight variants from 450 gms to 20 kgs.
  2. Me-O Persian Adult Antihairball Cat Food: This food is specifically designed for Persian cats. As the name suggests it possess anti-hairball formula which reduces the risk of hairball formation in Persian cats. It comes in 4 weight variants: 400 gm, 1.1 kg, 2.8 kg & 6.8 kg.

Conclusion

Here, we’ve tried to mention all the cat foods that in our opinion best in the market. Although if you’re satisfied with the food you’re feeding currently & if you’re satisfied with it then no need to shift to other brands but if you want to shift then we recommend before taking any decision please consult with your vet. Hopefully, you liked our blog & we will be creating so much more content each & every day in order to keep you up-to-date. If you have any topics in mind please let us know about them by clicking the comments button below. If you want us to notify you once we publish new content, then please click the subscribe button below & relax, we will not spam you, promise😁. 

 

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