Cat food is one of the most important expenses of feline guardianship, next to veterinary care. It is important also to note that proper diet can eliminate or delay veterinary expense for a number of serious medical conditions. Learn how to read cat food labels, why some foods are better than others, and what those mysterious ingredients are.
01 of 05You'll learn a lot about cat food labels here:
- Cats' Basic Nutritional Needs
- Why Cheaper Brands of Cat Food are False Economy
- What to Look for on the Label
- What Ingredients to Avoid in Cat Food
- The Role of AAFCO in Cat Food Manufacturing
02 of 05Learn how to analyze cat food labels to better understand the meaning of the "Guaranteed Analysis" section, and exactly what the AAFCO can and cannot do in regulating cat food. Learn a simple formula for determining the ratio of the food ingredients on a "dry matter basis," the accepted standard for comparing cat food ingredients.
03 of 05Learning to read cat food labels can be a daunting task, especially with those mysterious ingredients. If you weren't already aware, you should know that ingredients are listed in order, by weight. Read this article to learn more about the definitions of the ingredients in a popular "grocery store" cat food, why some of them are healthful for your cat and why others should be skipped. Once you've read this article, move on to "What's in the Bag Part 2," which profiles... the ingredients in a good quality premium cat food.
If you are like most responsible cat guardians, you will soon find yourself turning up your nose at cheap "grocery store" cat food and choosing among the premium quality cat foods instead.
04 of 05As cat owners become more informed consumers, we need a way to compare one brand of dry or canned cat food against another, to ensure our cats get the very best nutrition they need for growth, healthy skin, teeth, and muscle development. Find your cat's food in the list and compare.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Cat Food GlossaryUnderstanding cat food labels can become a whole lot easier if you know the definitions of some of those mysterious ingredients. For example, what is really in "chicken by-products?" Read on and learn more here. Unless noted, these definitions are taken from AAFCO Guidelines.