Cats can be picky about food, just like humans. To make matters worse, cats generally eat the same food every day with little variety. Therefore, it is important to find a food that your cat enjoys. More importantly, you should find a food that is healthy for your cat.
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How do I know if my cat likes his food?
This one is easy — if your cat is eating his food, he probably likes it. However, sometimes (like humans) cats can get tired of a particular food. If your cat stops eating a food that he previously enjoyed, this could mean that he is ready for a change. Unfortunately, this can also mean that your cat is sick and not feeling well. You can take your cat to a veterinarian for a checkup if he stops eating his food.
How do I know if my cats food is a healthy food?
There are many opinions about which foods are healthy and which ones are not. Your cats may really like the taste of certain foods even though the food is not healthy for them. This is exactly the same reason why humans like fast food. Fast food tastes good, but it is not necessarily the healthiest choice, and we would definitely not want to eat it every day.
There are many brands of cat food available on the market these days. Choosing a cat food can be very difficult. Price does not always indicate the level of quality. If you are paying alot of money for your cat’s food, it is not necessarily the healthiest choice. It is important to understand what you are feeding to your cat! A healthy cat is a happy cat!
How to choose food for your cat?
When choosing food for your cat, think about what characteristics make human food healthy, such as fibre, low processing, protein, less fillers, etc. Perhaps the largest problem with pet food on the market today is the amount of filler in the food. The amount of grain products (especially corn) that is used in pet food has quickly risen to the point that it is often listed as one of the top two or three ingredients. Below is some common ingredients in cat food (both healthy and not healthy). We’ll let you be the judge for now.
What ingredients are contained in pet food?
- Animal digest: This generally refers to the dry by-product of rendered meat. When meat is rendering, the usable animal parts (including fetal tissues and glandular wastes — gross!) are heated until the liquid is separated from the dry meal. This meal is then covered with charcoal and labeled “unfit for human consumption” before processing it into pet food.
- Animal fat: Animal fat is a generic fat source that is usually made up of rendered animal fat, and oils that are unfit for human consumption (such as disposed restaurant grease). Tallow is also included in this category. Tallow is low quality hard white fat that most animals have difficulty digesting.
- Chemical preservatives: Chemical preservatives include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze and is suspected of causing red blood cell damage) and ethoxquin (suspected of causing cancer), are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day.
- Chicken by-products: These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and undeveloped eggs and can included any rendered material.
- Corn products: Corn products including corn meal, gluten and grits are cheap, allergy causing fillers and are very difficult for animals to digest.
- Food fragments: Lower end by-products of the food manufacturing process, examples include wheat bran and brewers rice which are a waste product of the alcohol industry.
- Ground whole grain sorghum: The feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn and is grown primarily as a feed grain for livestock.
- Meat and bone meal: Meat and bone meal (also known as beef and bone meal) are inexpensive sources of animal protein. Protein is generally good. However, the protein in a cat food containing a large amount of bone is generally not easily digestible. It fails to provide nutritional benefits for your cat.
- Meat based: Some cat food labels may say ‘meat based’, which often includes blood vessels, tendons, organs and other parts of the rendered animal.
- Meat by-products: Pet grade meat by-products generally means by-products that are not fit for human consumption. This can include organs, bones, blood, and fatty tissue. Sometimes, unfortunately, it can even include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other internal parts. Even worse, meat by-products can also contain cancerous or diseased tissue containing parasites.