Humans expect their pets’ diets to mimic their own. If they are going organic or vegan, they want their pets to eat the same, forgetting that different species have different dietary need.
These fads have given rise to various types of pet food, from all-natural, grain-free, to organic. Take the case of organic cat food. There was a time when cat owners picked up the regular food for their kitties or made meals at home.
But now, with all the dietary fads going around, they believe switching their cats to an organic diet will do them a world of good.
Organic cat food does have a few benefits. It is made with ingredients that are produced without the use of chemicals or synthetic substances. They take a longer time to produce and also have a shorter shelf life because of little to no preservatives.
Organic food is also higher priced than regular food. But even if you switch your cats to organic cat food, remember to choose it wisely, because the organic tag doesn’t mean the food is without flaws.
Check the ingredients
Whether you buy dry or canned cat food, make sure to read the label thoroughly before you buy. The primary ingredient should be real meat (chicken, beef, lamb, pork, or fish), not by-products, animal protein or meat products.
There must also be other ingredients like animal fats, fish oil, some veggies, and plenty of fiber.
Cats need fiber; it helps keep hairballs under control. It doesn’t matter whether the product is organic or non-organic; they should have quality ingredients.
Check the breed and age
Cat foods vary by age and breed. There are separate foods for kittens, adult cats and senior cats, made in accordance with the dietary requirements of every age.
Make sure to choose a canned cat food that’s appropriate for your cat’s age, breed, and health condition. If your cat has any medical condition, you should consult your vet before changing their diet.
Wet vs dry
Since cats naturally do not drink water, they should be provided with hydration through food. While dry food is appropriate as treats, wet food is ideal as meals.
Since canned cat food has water content, it not only is easier to consume, but also gives cats the required hydration. Canned cat food is best for kitties because it prevents them from developing UTI and problems of the kidney.