It’s common for cat foods sold in veterinarian’s office to be labeled as ‘premium’ or ‘top-of-the-line.’ However, taking a glance at the ingredient list is likely to tell a much different story. Often, these brands are created by huge corporations who are trying to make the maximum profit, and instead of using real chicken or fish for the protein (like we do at Snappy Tom) they use things like wheat, corn meal, and brewer’s rice - vastly inferior to the real deal.
Worse yet are the by-products of the poultry industry you’ll often find in these cat foods, such as beaks, talons, underdeveloped eggs, and intestines. The reason for putting something like this into cat food is that it’s an extremely inexpensive way to up the protein content on the label; in reality, these brands are no better than discount brands you’d find at the dollar store. Don’t be fooled by claims they make such as offering support for joints or the urinary tract.
When you’re looking for the best all-natural cat food, a real meat (like chicken or fish) should be listed before any grains. Cats evolved to eat meat from real animals - not grains. Although cats aren’t inherently allergic to grains, the excessive grain content in many conventional cat foods is a primary contribution in obesity and allergies in our pets.
As long as your cat is healthy, they can eat a different type of cat food for every meal - so long as the kinds you pick are of high quality. More educated people understand that variety in a cat’s diet is important for a number of reasons - primarily avoiding the development of allergies to a certain type of food or protein source.
If you feed your cat the exact same kind of cat food for years on end, you increase your cat’s risk of developing diseases of the digestive tract. Variety is the spice of life, and also assists in providing a broad range of nutrition for your cat. At Snappy tom, we offer three different lines of cat food to ensure you never struggle with providing variety for your feline friend.
Depending on your cat’s needs, it can also be prudent to consider adding supplements to their daily regime. If you are transitioning between types of food, it can be useful to utilize digestive enzymes to make the process smooth and easy. - and also to get the most nutrients from their food. Omega-3 fatty acids are another good supplement to consider purchasing, as these nourish the digestive tract, skin, and hair. If your cat does experience discomfort from medication or a certain type of food, probiotics can be a very useful tool.