Dry food is an excellent “diet” for any purr. But many cat owners are afraid to treat them to their pets, believing that it is dangerous to their health. However, high-quality dry food is a completely balanced and wholesome food, and if the cat is sick and needs special care, the veterinarian will probably prescribe dry food from the treatment line as a diet. Where do the fears associated with this type of food come from?
In this article, we have collected reviews and recommendations on dry cat food, as well as a small overview of each class of food.
All dry feeds are divided into 4 classes:
- super premium
The last two - holistic and super-premium - these are the feeds that will benefit your cat. Premium - in any case, does no harm. And economy class is pure poison. It is those animals that received the economy for breakfast, lunch and dinner that die from the terrible diseases of the kidneys , liver and stomach.
Economy Feed - Enemies of Cat Health!
Never, under any circumstances, should a cat receive an economy-class feed. These are the cheapest and often advertised brands that are made from almost the same chemicals and waste. All that is sold by weight - as a rule, the same economy feed. If you pay attention to the composition of such food, be sure that you will not find meat there, as well as anything useful at all. But the various chemical additives that cause persistent addiction in the animal (like heroin in a drug addict) - as much as you like.
In addition, in order for the animal to eat up, economy-class food needs twice as much as good and high-quality food. At the same time, for good kidney function, a cat should consume 2-3 times more water than food. When feeding low-quality dry food, this is impossible (because it needs a lot to eat up!), And the cat's kidneys become clogged, which necessarily leads to serious diseases (for example, urolithiasis ).
Food not recommended for purchase: Kitekat, Whiskas, Friskies, Purina ONE, Purina Cat Chow, Felix, OSCAR, Katinka, Perfect Fit, Darling, Kitti, Dr. Clauders, Sheba, Our Brand, Night Hunter, Stout.
Premium feed - inexpensive but not too harmful
The premium class is not much more expensive than economy feeds, but the composition is much more decent. Such meat will contain real meat - but there will also be various substitutes, additives, and soy. For feline health, it is not so dangerous, but still undesirable.
Of the undoubted advantages: the daily norm of such feed is much less than that of the economy class, which means that there is no such terrible burden on the kidneys. In principle, many owners choose a premium class, because it is not too expensive, and an animal with good health can live on this food all its life.
Note: Royal Canin and Hills feeds are often referred to as super-premium feeds, because they stand out among other items and have a range of medicinal feeds. Alas, many felinologists express concerns and do not advise these feeds, since their production and packaging now occur in Russia, and this rarely affects quality well.
Super premium feeds are balanced and healthy. Great choice!
To create super-premium feeds, really high-quality ingredients are used, they have a balanced amount of protein, there are practically no chemicals and dyes. With this food, you can be sure that the animal receives everything necessary and at the same time its health is outside the risk zone.
Holistic - “aerobatics” in professional feed
Holistic class is the best cat food that is produced by professionals for professionals. What feed thoroughbred animals in expensive nurseries? It is this kind of food. The only minus is that no flavors and flavor enhancers are added to the holistic feed, so the first time a cat, accustomed to a “fragrant” premium feed, can pick and refuse to eat. Well, hunger is not an aunt, and by the evening the whims were already crunching with might and main at the bowl.
Holistic Feed: Innova , Golden Eagle Holistic , GO and NOW Natural holistic , GRANDORF Natural & Healthy , Almo Nature Holistic , Orijen , Acana , Earthborn Holistic, Eagle Pack Cat Holistic , Chicken Soup , Felidae, ANF holistic, Canidae, Taste of the wild , Meowing Heads , Wellness , Carnilove , Applaws , Natural & Delicious (N&D) , Nutram Grain Free , Gina Elite , AATU .
General feeding rules
- Free access should ALWAYS be fresh drinking water. Ideally, it should be in a large capacity and replaced 1-2 times a day, even if the cat did not finish it.
- Do not overfeed the animal with dry food! Carefully study the recommendations on the package of food, follow the daily norms indicated there (the daily norm is not the norm for one feeding, it is the norm for the whole day!).
- It is best to feed the cat twice - morning and evening. You can enter three meals a day. If you do not want the animal to wake you up with a hungry meow at five in the morning, postpone the evening feeding until a later time.
- Addictions to food are individual. Your cat may be allergic to any food - it's okay, this means you need to try a different brand. However, an animal with an allergy must be shown to a veterinarian.
- Ideally, you should choose food ONCE and FOREVER. Changing feeds is harmful because the animal’s stomach has to adapt to new foods. Cats do not need such a variety of tastes as humans, they have significantly less taste buds on the tongue.
The author of the article: Oleynikova Alyona, an artist and lover of cats, especially for our site