The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a private organization that improves upon FDA guidelines on pet food. Veterinarians trust AAFCO-labelled cat food to have accurate nutritional information and be balanced specifically for cats’ dietary needs.
The type of cat food you give your cat depends on its age, indoor/outdoor, activity level, special dietary needs, reproductive status, and breed. Most cat food brands include a variety of wet/dry foods that cover every stage of life, special diet and everything in-between. Make sure your cat’s food has good reviews and don’t be distressed if your cat is picky (most are).
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We know that some people are on tight budgets, so we also looked at cheaper options like Purina’s Fancy Feast and Whiskas. Many cat owners swear by these brands as being adored by their finicky felines. Keep in mind that when you have a little more wiggle room with your budget, there are premium options.
We consider high-quality to be present both in and out of the cat food. Ingredients should be clear and understandable, sourcing should be stated on the manufacturer’s website, and nutritional requirements should meet AAFCO guidelines.
Indoor cats, unlike outdoor cats, generally require fewer calories because they’re not as active. Since cat obesity is so prevalent, as a pet owner, you should pay extra attention to caloric intake and how it reflects on the scale.