Let me start by saying that I am not a veterinarian, and this is my opinion only based on years of research. I use the many helpful tools available to me to help me make decisions about cat food products. Please do not ever let a breeder tell you that the food they are feeding their cat is the best out there and that you should only buy that food most of the time they are making money from selling or advertising that product. Above all else, I want you to keep your pet as healthy as possible.
We previously fed Petcurean GO! GRAIN FREE CHICKEN TURKEY AND DUCK RECIPE. It is safe for cats of all ages including kittens. I will refer you to www.catfooddb.com for their unbiased review of just about every single cat food product that is on the market. Petcurean GO made their top 10 list of dry cat foods and came in at number 6 (edited that this cat food has moved up to number 5). We also fed the same food but in a wet food version for our cats. We give them access to dry kibble all day in unlimited supply and feel that it is necessary to help maintain healthy teeth.
We recently made the switch to Instinct Ultimate Protein. This food also made the catfooddb.com top 10 list. It came in at number 9. However, I have consulted my veterinarian, and both of us believe that even though this food is not given as high of a rank, it is better for them. Petcurean Go's ingredients list was almost twice as long and included a lot of fruits and vegetables that are not normally in a cats diet. Instinct Ultimate Protein offers a much simpler recipe that does not include as many fruits and vegetables and such as fillers.
There are however a long list of cons to feeding dry food including but not limited to, low moisture levels, and heavily processed.
In my opinion, a raw diet (homemade) is the healthiest, but feeding a raw diet can be extremely expensive, very time consuming, and comes with its own health concerns and these should not be taken lightly. If you are considering feeding a raw diet, you need to know how to handle all the food safely and about all the supplements that need to be include. Please if you are considering a raw diet, refer to www.catinfo.org.
Always speak with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cats diet.
There are often discrepancies between wet food being healthier than dry food. Again, I will refer you to catfooddb’s reviews. Just because you are purchasing wet food does not mean it contains more quality ingredients.
Naturally cats are Obligate carnivores. This means that they only eat meat. In 2011, a study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition that looked wild and feral cat nutrition. They used 30 data sets from 27 different studies that came from all around the world. They were able to determine what type of foods cats eat naturally in the wild and based on these foods, they were able to come up with an estimated macronutrient profile for a “typical” wild cat.
The studies found that cats eat a lot of Rabbits, Rodents, and Birds… They also eat some reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, and a very small number of fish and carrion. Rabbits make up the largest single food source, coming in with an average value of 41.5%. Rodents were next, with an average of 31.9%, this was made up mostly of rats, mice, and voles. Birds came third, with an average of 16%. At most, fish made up one feline population’s diet at 9.5%, but most studies showed that fish were not even eaten at all.
That means they eat mostly protein, slightly less fat and almost no carbohydrates. You should be looking for a food that comes close to this macronutrient breakdown.