Here is a glimpse of some of the cat food brands we carry.
We hand-pick every brand that we carry here at Windsor-based Homegrown Pet Supply. We have formulas to meet your cat’s specific needs. So, when it’s time to buy cat food, we probably have what you need, whether it’s:
- Grain Free
- Grain Inclusive
- Sensitive Stomach
- Skin and Coat Health
- Digestion Support
As a cat owner, no doubt you care about your pet’s health. That’s why it’s important to know that a proper diet can eliminate or delay some serious medical conditions—and the veterinary care that comes with it.
But what do you need to know to select a better cat food for your feline friend? This page includes some basic tips about how to read cat food labels to help you choose the best foods for your cat. First, some basics about feline dietary needs.
Cats’ nutritional needs:
- Protein from a named source of meat, poultry or fish
- Taurine, a common but essential amino acid
- Various other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids
But your typical mass-market (think cheap) brand of cat food often contains other ingredients that are unnecessary or even detrimental:
- Cats don’t need them, although cat food may contain corn, wheat, and rice as fillers for both canned and dry cat foods.
- Other ingredients, such as binders, flavoring, and coloring
- A necessary evil so it doesn’t spoil quickly. But you should definitely avoid BHT, BHA, propyl gallate and ethoxyquin. These are sometimes added to dry food but are suspected of causing liver and kidney damage and cancer.
Canned Cat Food or Dry Food?
Many nutritionists agree that cats should get a variety of food, both dry and canned, for several reasons:
- Dry food is ideal to leave out for “free feeding” since it stays fresher far longer than wet food.
- Canned or “wet” food contains water. Since many cats do not drink water regularly, this can help provide them with the moisture they need.
- Variety in foods helps ensure that your cat gets the right amount of nutrients. Staying with only one kind of cat food may provide too little (or too much) of certain minerals and vitamins.
- Cats can get bored with the same old thing day in and day out. Like humans, many cats want some variety. If your cat stops eating, try cycling in new food and see what happens.
- Over concentration of the same food ingredients may lead to the development of allergies in some cats. Varying the diet lessens the chance this will occur.
What to Look for on Cat Food Labels
- Check the named protein source: choose one with “chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef,” rather than “meat.”
- Particularly on canned food, the protein source should be the first listed ingredient. Remember, cats are carnivores, and although vegetables can be added, it should not be a primary ingredient.
- Watch for the product expiration date to ensure freshness.
- Choose a brand with AAFCO’s requirements for “Complete and Balanced.”
What to Avoid on Labels
- Watch out for “by-products,” “meat and bone meal,” “animal digest,” most other descriptions including “digest.”
- Avoid the harsh chemical preservatives BHA, BHT, propyl gallate and ethoxyquin.
- Sugar is bad for cats. Make sure there isn’t any added.
- Avoid excessive carbohydrate fillers and corn meal. Some dry food can contain as much as 50 percent grain.
Why buy cat food online when you can buy cat food Santa Rosa, Windsor and Guerneville pet owners trust at Homegrown Pet Supply!
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