Healthy Cat Food Brands

I broke this down into two headings and bullet points OR you can skip all the writing and go down to the (not so) fancy chart.

What makes a healthy brand?cannedcatfood

  • A healthy cat food brand will use ingredients that are healthy for your cat.
  • Protein comes from a true meat source: chicken, turkey, etc.
  • Sources of vitamin A, B, D, E, and K are present.
  • Needed minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium chloride sources are present.
  • Trace elements ARE present, but in a minimal fashion. Trace elements include: iron, copper, zinc, iodine, cobalt, among others.
  • The ability to share information easily. Does the brand list all ingredients on their website? If you get in contact with them, do they freely share information that isn’t listed on the website?

What doesn’t make a healthy brand?

  • First ingredient is ‘by-product.’ This means that the protein source is not coming from true meat, therefore not ideal protein.
  • Plant based protein sources like soy and vegetables are harder for a cat to digest and should be avoided.
  • Lots of grain sources listed.
  • If it has chemical preservatives, flavouring and colouring ingredients then I wouldn’t classify it as healthy. Usually these are present because the ingredients listed don’t represent what the food is supposed to be so they have to dress it up to make it appear somewhat appealing.
  • Unwillingness to share information when it is requested. Are they hiding something or what?

Here’s a chart, basically breaking down the above in chart form:

To be honest with you, it all comes down to price. If you buy a can of cat food that is 57 cents, chances are it’s not made with ideal ingredients. This is because the unhealthy, non-nutritious fillers are cheaper to manufacture, so then they are cheaper to sell.

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  1. It’s all so confusing. You could spend years trying to learn all of this stuff. It looks like you have LOL
    I have a 15 or so year old cat who has the start of kidney issues. I want to switch him but it seems all of the canned food I looked at had some bad stuff in it. What do you feed your older cats. Have you had some with kidney issues? Thank you so much for your help!

    1. My cat has a thyroid condition and takes medication what is the best CATFOOD to use?

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