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?
- 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.