What should I look for when choosing a commercial cat food? Oct 15, 2018

What should I look for when choosing a commercial cat food?

Original Question: My cat doesn’t eat packaged cat food (eg. Whiskas) he only eats non-vegetarian! My question is that only non-vegetarian is enough for him to be healthy or is it necessary to feed him packaged dry cat food? - Raaoof

Hi Raaoof,

Pet nutrition is a busy and convoluted area for many people. Almost every commercial cat food will meet specific nutrient requirements that will give a balanced diet. You can look for the AAFCO statement on the bag which will tell you if it “meets the minimum requirements” or if it has “been tested” for the regulations, either is acceptable. There will always be some differences between nutrient ratios (protein vs. fat vs. carbs), type and quality of ingredients, and cost. There are so many different food options out there and it might be helpful to talk with your veterinarian if you have nutrition concerns. For more information about this topic I encourage you to check out our video, “What Kind of Food Should I Feed My Dog or Cat?

All the best,

Dr. Ryan Llera

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Almost every commercial cat food will meet specific nutrient requirements that will give a balanced diet. You can look for the AAFCO statement on the bag which will tell you if it “meets the minimum requirements” or if it has “been tested” for the regulations, either is acceptable. There will always be some differences between nutrient ratios (protein vs. fat vs. carbs), type and quality of ingredients, and cost.
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