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January 16, 2019

There's no shortage of canned cat food brands today. While some brands have been around for a long time, there are newer brands that keep coming up every year.

When you go to a pet store to pick up food for your precious feline, it isn't surprising if you keep looking from shelf to shelf in utter confusion.

A common label

It takes time to figure out what's best for your kitty. But when you go out to buy packaged food for your cat you will notice that some products are marked "premium".

If you have never seen that before, you may wonder what premium cat food means. Does it really provide additional nutrition to your pet or is it just another marketing ploy?

As the name suggests, premium cat food is considered to be of a higher standard compared to regular cat food. But having premium written on the label is not enough to make it high standard. The ingredients and the process involved in making the cat food are more important.

The biggest difference between premium cat food and regular cat food is the nutritional content. Because premium cat food is more expensive than economy brands, they are also more richly packed with nutrients that your cat requires.

Not only do better nutrients contribute to better digestibility, but also prevent your cat from overeating. When your pet gets the required amount of nutrients, she will feel full without eating a lot of food.

Eating healthy

Eating the right amount of food will also make sure that your kitty does not suffer from digestive disorders or excess weight gain.

Premium cat food is free from low-grade ingredients that do not contribute to your cat's health or nutrition. Instead, they are rich in protein, fatty acids and amino acids, and low in carbohydrates. Premium cat food is usually made without grains or gluten. They are also free from cheap animal by products.

Your feline needs the following as part of a healthy diet:

  • Protein from a meat, fish or poultry source
  • Taurine, an amino acid essential for vision
  • Various other vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fatty acids
  • Water

Because cats don't normally drink water, they should be given wet canned cat food in order to provide the required hydration, while dry kibble should be treated as snacks. While premium doesn’t always mean healthy, most premium brands usually use higher quality ingredients compared to cheaper brands.