Cats are carnivorous creatures by nature and need protein to survive and to thrive.
As obligate carnivores, cats need protein from meat or fish, amino acids like taurine and arginine (from meat or fish), fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and water. If you were making your cat a homemade diet the best food for cats includes protein, vitamins, minerals and not ingredients like corn and other carbohydrates that cats don’t need.
Goals should be considered when choosing the best food for cats
Some of your goals when looking for the best food for cats should include kibble or a canned diet that will increase your cat’s energy level and help decrease hairballs and shedding. Some cat owners are also looking to address health issues like poor digestion. Toppers are another great way to enhance the palatability of the food but also ensure they’re getting every nutrient they need for their diet. It also adds some additional hydration which is very important as cats never seem to drink enough water.
We’re providing recommendations for cat owners that aren’t interested in a homemade diet yet want to feed the best food possible that’s more or less equivalent to meals made from scratch.
Raw? Dehydrated? Canned? Kibble?
Cats are super picky eaters and a raw diet for cats is a great option and worth exploring. When you’re ready to make the transition and your cat is putting their nose up at their existing meal there are plenty of options available! Remember that cats are carnivores!
The food we recommend ranges from RAW to high-quality kibble:
- RAW: Small Batch, Tuckers
- Dehydrated: NW Natural, Honest Kitchen
- Canned: RAWZ canned, KOHA
- Kibble: Wish Bone and Fussy Cat
Like dogs, cats also benefit from toppers. Not only does a topper have health benefits but for cats by helping with digestion issues and improving coat quality, they also help with hydration. It also helps with picky felines. Our staff’s top two toppers for cats:
- Bone Broth, Primal Pet Food
- Goat’s Milk from Answers Pet Food
Hydration is key
Water is extremely important. Processed cat food and kibble actually dehydrate your cat because they lack liquids. There’s a good chance your cat is not drinking enough water on his own if he is just eating dry food. The easiest way to ensure that they have enough water is to provide hydrating food sources. Cats actually need one ounce of H2O per pound of body weight.
Consider your cat’s hunting instincts!
How are you currently feeding your cats? Get rid of those boring bowls! Always try feeding in interactive puzzle bowls. We have a variety of puzzle bowls at our stores for cats and all of these will challenge your feline buddy.
If you have questions, please ask our staff for food or topper recommendations that will suit the needs of your little buddy!