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Cat Food - How to Choose the Best Cat Food

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Choosing the best cat food is one of the first and most important decisions you will make for your cat. Feeding good quality food will enhance your cat's health and longevity. There are dozens of types and brands to choose from, and trying to choose the right cat food can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you choose the best food for your cat!

Desirable Features in Cat Food

  • Cat foods formulated for the proper life stage of your pet such as kittens, adults or senior pets

  • AAFCO approved (Choose diets that conform to minimal Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards

  • Recommended by your veterinarian

  • Consistent ingredients

  • High quality ingredients

    Ideal Choice in Cat Food

  • Choose a cat food formulated specifically for your specific cat's needs. Choose complete and balanced foods, AAFCO approved for the life stage of your cat. For example, if you have a kitten, choose a food AAFCO approved for kittens (NOT adult cats). Hill's® Science Diet® makes great quality foods formulated to meet the needs kittens and cats.

    Shopping Tips for Buying Cat Food

  • The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) publishes feed regulations and ingredient definitions. If the pet food follows the guidelines set forth by AAFCO, the label will include a statement that says "Formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile for Kittens/Adults/Senior.”)

  • It is not a requirement to meet AAFCO standards in order to sell cat food, so buyers beware. Check the labels and compare cat food products.

    More Tips for Feeding Cat Food

  • Good nutrition may be the most important factor affecting your cat's health. This is especially true in growing kittens. Feed the best quality cat or kitten food you can afford.

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    best pet foods
    by wentworth, Monday, December 31, 2007

    Comment: For some excellent non-commercial information on cat nutrition, see Dr. Lisa Pierson's web site.

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    You need more than just an ingredients list!
    by gerrie, Monday, October 22, 2007

    Comment: Do you know what's in the food you feed your pets? Do you understand what the terms mean?

    The only way to really know is to contact the company that makes the food and Ask:

    What is the protein source?

    Are there any by-p...

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