Best Cat Food

best cat food

Best cat food – fish is not actually the best cat food!

The best cat food is a mouse. It’s got everything in it, and all the protein a cat needs…Mientje (The Netherlands)

This simple statement should guide us in all we do in relation to feeding our cat and I don’t mean feed him or her mice! What I mean is the moisture content of a dead mouse is about 70%, while dry cat food is 12%. The mouse’s stomach might contain processed carbohydrates while dry cat food contains high levels of carbohydrates that the cat is not equipped to digest. Going back to basics guides us.

It actually boils down to cost and time ultimately. The best cat food is a properly prepared raw food. The trouble is it is troublesome to prepare. The next best is a commercially prepared raw cat food (relatively expensive and rare). The next best is a high quality canned food and so on.

We all know it – cats are carnivores. Cats will choose a high protein diet over a lesser diet. Just feeding dry cat food can leave the cat in a permanent state of mild dehydration (Dr. Becker – a fine resource incidentally). This can stress organs and can cause illness particularly kidney diseases and ducting blockages. However there is breed specific cat food which is an advancement on generic dry cat food.

What is the best cat food? In this instance I mean commercially available food. We all want to know for certain.

And what is the worst kind of cat food? And what kind of problems can cat food cause? And what about those weird cat food ingredients, what do they mean? These are some of the questions we ask and I would like visitors to assist in answering them by sharing their personnel experiences (and those of their cat) by making a quick post using the form below.

Probably the most knowledgeable cat keepers on the subject of cat food are cat breeders. I hope they can find a minute to pass on their knowledge for the sake of cat health.

Perhaps a good starting point is a knowledge of the calorie requirements of the domestic cat: How many calories does a cat need?.

At a simple level I decided the best canned cat food in the USA and the best dry food in that country. But the true best is a perfectly prepared raw food diet.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Feeding Tuna To A Cat  Reggie’s favorite diet is canned tuna in water. He has that three times a day. I give him a few ‘dental’ treats with it. There is also a bowl of Whiskas,…

Budget Cat Food USA  Feeding kitty a raw diet is no doubt the best. But very expensive and time consuming. A general rule of thumb is to avoid soy, corn and wheat & byproducts …

How Good is American Cat Food?  How good is American cat food? We don’t really know in my opinion. I am talking about commercially produced cat food and in fact all pet food so dogs are …

How Do You Feed Your Cat?  There seems to be several ways to feed your cat(s). I would be interested to hear which method visitor’s adopt. Meal Feeding This can take two …

How to train my cat to use litter (sand)  How can I train my cat to shit on the sand and get rid of his bad habits? Moiz Hi Moiz….. Nice to hear from Pakistan! It is unusual to hear …

Cat Variety Diet “Survivor” Style  My kitty is exposed to Raw (weekly), Home cooked (3 to 5 times a week) and both wet + dry foods (daily). I usually mix a few brands of dry kibble daily …

Rotate Super Premium Cat Food  I have found that both my dogs and cats do better when I rotate through different brands of super premium foods. My holistic veterinarian started …

I would like to know why my cat died of diabetes  My cat was an indoor cat. She had all needles (injections) required. She was taken to vet almost yearly. She had her in for a normal routine check up the …

Holistic Cat Food Recipe  To decide what a “holistic cat food recipe” is we need to define “holistic”. In medical terms it means feeding our cat while taking into account his or …

Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food  Fancy feast gourmet cat food is good enough for us to eat or at least it sounds that way: “Grilled Beef Feast in gravy. Made with slow-cooked beef feast …

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?  No! The answer is in the evolution of cats and dogs and the divergence of their “evolutionary paths” some 30 million years ago. Both are scientifically …

Science Diet keeps fleas from attaching to my cats  We have used Science Diet Cat food (and Dog food for our dogs) for about 20 years. When our cats (and dogs) eat Science Diet, they do not get fleas and …

Best Kitten Food  Providing the best kitten food is a largely a matter of commonsense and following some basic rules and concepts. The ideas here are mine. It is worth …

Morris The Cat  Morris the Cat is the British equivalent of Arthur. Arthur is an all white cat, while Morris is red. Or orange to me and you. In fact Morris is an orange …

EVO Cat Food  I have a diabetic cat who was on 5 units (U-40) of insulin two times a day. My veterinarian advised me that if I could get my diabetic cat on a diet of …

Dry cat food made one of my cats ill  Look at the ingredients on dry food for your cat…most of the time the top ingredient is cereal, so if cereal is first stay away!. Think..cats are …

Cosy Relationship Between Veterinarian and Pet Food Manufacturers  There is a cosy relationship between the veterinarians and pet food manufacturers that undermines the independence of the vets and which compromises the …

Commercial Cat Food Promotes Cat Overpopulation  Does commercial cat food promote cat overpopulation and irresponsible cat ownership? This sounds an odd connection but I’ll explain what I mean and lets …

A Personal Choice On Cat Food  After studying many articles on the internet concerning what we feed our pets, plus all of the pet food recalls, I’ve made some changes in what I feed …

A Cat Diet  Here is a cat diet that is extremely simple. It is not based on one of the ever present and sought after Hills Science Diets that have a “d” on the end;…

Burns Cod and Rice Wet Cat Food  Burns Cod and Rice Wet Cat Food is a complementary cat food, the manufacturers say. It is available in the UK. I thought I would try it. I am (almost …

Too Much Commercial Food is Bad for Cats  I think too much commercial food is bad for cats. I feed mine raw chicken wings with the bone, which he crunches up….even although he is 13 years old….

Instinct Canned and Dry  I had been feeding Evo dry along with Instinct canned to my hybrid cats. The Instinct is the ONLY canned/grain free cat food my guys/gals will touch… they …

Low Ash Cat Food  Before looking for that elusive low ash cat food I think we need to try and figure out what ash actually is in the context of cat food because it cannot …

Cat Obesity  It is hard to skirt around the argument that cat obesity is nearly always due to overeating and overeating is due to overfeeding and that is about people …

Hypoallergenic Cat Food  This is my second attempt at writing about hypoallergenic cat food. I have never had to give it to my cats. But then they have not shown signs that they …

Best Canned Cat Food  How do you decide what is the best canned cat food? First cat food is country specific. There seems to be a wider range in the USA. And is it better quality …

Low Sodium Cat Food  People search for low sodium cat food. Why? Sodium is short for sodium chloride = salt in common parlance. Most of us have heard about salt and our health….

Grain Free Cat Food  Grain shouldn’t be in cat food. That is why informed and concerned people search for grain free cat food. Grain is stuff like wheat and rice. I like …

Diabetic Cat Food  I’ve been searching for diabetic cat food as my cat may be a bit diabetic (2008 but see my updating comment). She has some signs of it. She’s overweight …

Is my cat’s diet wrong?  My cat is overweight. In fact she has been overweight for about 14 years, from about one day after I found her on the streets of London. She was starving …

A Suitable Diet for a Cat  Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, British people are under a legal duty of care to provide a suitable diet for their cat companion. Other obligations …

Purina All Naturals Reduces Cat Shedding  My cat had a shedding problem but after I started feeding him Purina All Naturals, he doesn’t shed nearly as much and his coat is much softer and shinier …

Best Cat Food – Royal Canin S/O Wet and Dry  My two cats – brother and sister both contacted UTI – struvites – Originally they were on Royal Canin s/o (“S/O”) wet and dry but I switched to Fancy Feast …

Wellness Core cat food is rated the best  Rated the best… says Rebecca. Comment from Michael …Thanks Rebecca. I thought that I had better do a bit of work on that simple statement to see if …

The Cost of Feeding Our Cats  This is a short post on what may be obvious but it is something that I sometimes forget.

Cats have preferences with respect to cat food. In general …


Cat food is probably our biggest expense in keeping cats and it is probably the single most important factor that we can control in connection with our cat’s health. Other things that I think about when deciding what cat food to buy are:

  • What is the best cat food combination? Should I feed a mix of dry, wet and human? Or some other combination.
  • Can I just feed my cat dry cat food all the time as recommended by my vet?
  • Is it practical to make homemade cat food? What are the pitfalls? Is it better for our cat to eat homemade cat food?
  • Can we give our cat dog food?
  • Can we give our cat human food?
  • What about organic cat food?

All that said I am sure that for a lot of us the best cat food is the most convenient cat food. What I mean is the most convenient to buy and the most convenient to administer. This page is an umbrella page for a number of posts and articles that I wrote on cat food. The aim is to pull them all together under one easy to find heading and to seek the advice of our visitors at the same time. Here are as selection of posts that I have made thus far on this subject:

Links

General topics Ingredients Med and Misc
Cat Food Recipe Cat Food Ash Feline Diabetes
Raw Food Diet Grain Free Cat Food…..another page on grain free cat food Urinary Tract Cat Food
Cat Food Market Sweet Cat Food Low Magnesium Cat Food
Organic Cat Food Milk for Cats Cat Food Rice Taurine
Cats Refuse Dog Food Cat Food Jelly Bengal Cat and Taurine
Cat Food Coupons  Arginine is critical Hypoallergenic Cat Food
Best Dry Cat Food
What Do Cats Eat

 
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