Healthy holistic food isn't limited to humans. The pet food industry is also flooded with food products branded "natural", "holistic", and "organic".
Pet parents who swear by natural food for themselves also want the same for their fur babies. But there are a lot of differences between organic food for humans and organic cat food. For instance, what exactly is the difference between natural and organic?
Most of us imagine that organic cat food is the same as natural cat food. However, in many cases, it isn't so. The two terms are often used interchangeably but they have some major variations.
What does natural cat food mean?
What every pet parent must know about "holistic" cat food is that it isn't regulated by the FDA and USDA, unlike human food.
That is why there is no set definition for what “holistic” means. But when it comes to “natural” cat food, there is a definition set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Natural food means any food that is has been obtained only from plant, animal or mined sources, are unprocessed or have undergone physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification extraction, hydrolysis, enzymolysis or fermentation, but have not been subjected to chemical processing and contain no additives or chemically synthetic ingredients harmful for consumption.
The term “organic” is better defined, having been set by the USDA’s National Organic Program.
The USDA says organic pet food indicates those that have plant ingredients free from pesticides, artificial fertilizers, genetic modification, or sewage sludge, and animal ingredients derived from organically raised animals that have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones.
From these separate definitions, it is evident that the quality of organic cat food is a lot more regulated than “natural” cat food. Natural food is a little vague and is only supposed to be free from chemical processing.
Organic food on the other hand has a set standard, and a higher quality. This is one of the reasons why organic cat food is more expensive, and also higher in nutritive value.
If you’re planning to switch, choose something like Snappy Tom’s human grade cat food. Always the highest quality, all of Snappy Tom’s products are free from artificial ingredients and are made from real fish and meat.
When you choose Snappy Tom products for your pet, you make sure that your kitty remains healthy and happy for the years to come.