Feeding your cat dry cat food is an easy way to
offer free feeding.
Considering the length of time Cats have been on the earth dry
cat food is a reasonably new introduction too their diets. The
majority of a cats diet before becoming domesticated came from small
prey such as rodents, and birds etc. Now to current times most of
our cuddly furry friends eat out of clean ceramic dish full of either
cat food dry, or a canned food.
So with this in mind what advantages have come from
feeding our cats cat food dry?
The first thing is the free feeding advantage. Most
families today work and/or go to school leaving their cats at home
alone all day. By placing a scoop of dry cat food in their dish
in the morning it allows you cat(s) to graze all day long without
the trouble off the food going bad or drying up as wet food will.
This point is especially true for older cats that
tend to eat several smaller meals a day rather then two larger meals
in morning and night. Now while dry food may allow for easier free
feeding there is a downside, and that is dehydration. Cats often
have a tendency to not drink water. Even though their bowl is right
beside their food dish.
An advantage to wet food is the moisture that is
already in the foods makeup. This means you must be extra cautious
that your cat is getting enough water each day, even if your cat
eats a combination diet of wet and dry cat food.
Cheap Vs. Expensive Dry cat food
The thought that less expensive cat food is a more economical way
to go is indeed false. Research shows that cats eat as much as they
need to get the nutrients they require. So this leads us to another
point Read the ingredients on the Label!
Many low cost grocery store dry cat food brands use
carbohydrates as fillers check for some of these items:
- Corn meal
- Ground whole corn
- Corn Gluten
- Ground yellow maize
These are all corn fillers, and cats are Carnivores
they don?t require vegetables. They receive all the nutrients they
require from meat!
So back to our discussion? a cat will eat until they
have their required amount of nutrients. Because of the fillers
in low cost dry food, your cat will need to eat 40%-50% more of
it to get the same of out a smaller serving of high grade dry cat
What dry cat food to buy?
So obviously it?s no secret that the cost savings for Grocery store
brands such as Whiskas, Fancy Feast, or 9 lives are not much of a
cost savings compared to premium brands like Eukanuba, Iams, and Hill?s
Science Diet. So what type of food should you be buying for your cat?
The first thing to look for when making your purchase
of Dry cat food is it must be Certified by AAFCO (Association
of American Feed Control Officials). This is a general guide
to ensure the product is of top quality. While there is some research
showing that a brand can place this logo on any product they even
if only one of their products meets this standard you can rest assured
that most companies taking the time for one product are up-holding
standards across the line.
The next thing to look at is the ingredients. Are
the main ingredients meat? Are there any artificial flavouring added?
What about carbohydrate fillers as mentioned above? (look for corn
or maize) If your considering a dry food certified by AAFCO with
a good health content of ingredients you should feel good about
your choice. Here are some top picks from manufacturers to try suited
to different cats.