The Best Cat Food to Keep Your Cat Healthy
Just as higher quality "people food" is better for your
own health, higher quality cat food will be better for your cat's
health. The healthy cat food you choose should be appropriate for
your cat's current health status, physical condition, activity level,
and life stage. And of course, your cat should like the taste!
The ASPCA recommends a "complete, high-quality food made by
a reputable manufacturer, approved in feeding trials by the American
Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO)." Just as you
read the labels for your own food, you should also read the label
of anything you feed your cat.
Changing Your Cat's Food. If you plan
to change the food your are serving your cat, it's usually best
for your cat's health to change food gradually. Gradually changing
your cat's food will make it easier on your cat's digestive system
and will allow her to get accustomed to the new taste.
Dry Food or Wet Food--Which is Best?
comes in both dry (kibble) and wet food. If you buy a premium food,
both should be nutritionally equal. The decision about whether to
serve your cat dry or wet food should depend on your cat's preference
and your schedule. Although it's always important to have fresh
water available for your cat, this is even more important if your
cat eats dry food. Be sure to always use a clean bowl for your cat's
food and water. Your cat does not need milk.
How Much Food to Serve Your Healthy Cat.
The cat food label will tell you the general guidelines of how much
food you should serve your cat. These guidelines are based on an
average healthy cat.Your cat is an individual and may need more
or less than what the guidelines say, but the guidelines are a good
starting point and you shouldn't move too far from them unless your
veterinarian recommends otherwise.