cat eating

Cats sometime get a reputation for being finicky eaters. They do have evolved taste instincts that help them distinguish what is good for their health from what isn’t.

But they also are usually very particular about the smell of the food, the temperature of the food and the “mouth feel.”

Many pet owners may not know that providing your cat with a healthy, nutritious cat food has many long-term benefits, including fewer trips to the vet and a shinier coat.

Here are some handy tips to keep your feline friendly:

1. For dry food, shop in a specialty pet store that sells premium quality pet food. Many commercially available/economy brands of cat food are made from inexpensive ingredients, which might not be easily digested, due to possible degradation of protein sources or oxidization of fat sources. While the ingredients may technically meet the legal specifications for percentages of protein, fat, carbohydrates, etc., these foods have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins and don’t provide the same quality nutrition as premium brands.

2. Look at the ingredient panel: * Look for a species-specific meat or meal as the first ingredient (e.g. “chicken” or “chicken meal”, not “poultry meal”). * Ensure that the product is naturally preserved with vitamin E. You don’t want any chemical preservatives, such as BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin listed in the ingredient panel. * Look for the “extras” (e.g., pre- and probiotics, digestive enzymes and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables).

3. Finally, ensure “wet” food and plenty of water are a regular part of your cat’s diet. Cats need a great deal of moisture in their diet. Ensure you are feeding a wet food and ensure that they have always have access to fresh, clean water. Running water is best as it mimics their instinct to find moving water in the wild. At a young age, be sure to offer different types of wet food to your cat (e.g., chunks with gravy and pate) to ensure they don’t get addicted to a specific style of wet food. Some cats also don’t like wet food after it’s been refrigerated, so try letting the portion you’re going to feed warm up to room temperature before you offer it to your cat. There are many diets that are specifically tailored to unique health needs, such as allergies, mobility issues or weight management.

Find out what food is best for your cat.

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64 Comments

  1. My dog LOVES squeaky toys. He’s a 75 lb lab mix and he just loves to squeak them…he doesn’t chew them, just squeaks! LOL. I’d purchase him more of these fun toys!

  2. Lisa Williams Reply

    I would buy my cat some new toys,she has hunted hers down and beat them up pretty bad.

  3. jalapenomamamn Reply

    I would buy our cats their cat food.
    I switched them to a healthier brand and of course it is more expensive.
    But they are worth it!
    form name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  4. My cat has a wishlist, including a KONG grooming brush and a couple specific toys.

  5. I would buy some Fancy Feast cat food and a dog toy for my dog, Toby Tangles.

  6. Patti Griner Reply

    My cat loves Pro Plan Shredded, but it’s kind of pricey so it’s only bought as a treat. I’d get her a bag of that!

  7. Cathy French Reply

    I have never shopped at Petco before, so I’d certainly browse before buying. Unsure what I’d get.

  8. Most likely, I’d put it towards dog and cat food. It seems that one of them is always almost out of food.

  9. I’ll give this GC to my friend and she’ll buy cat food with it.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  10. Daniel Scott Reply

    I would put it toward a new dog bed for my dog. He is a large mixed breed.

  11. jenny stratton Reply

    Shelby would love some all natural doggie treats and a new rope bone.

  12. I would buy some cans of cat chow for my three cats, and probably some new toys.

  13. I would buy pet food for my granddaughter’s cats and gerbil.

  14. Amanda Frank Reply

    I would definitely buy my 2 girls some more treats and cat nip and then go from there.

  15. Jerry Marquardt Reply

    I would buy a nice large set of rawhide for my pup, if I am lucky enough to win the gift card.

  16. Linda Szymoniak Reply

    We lost two of our dogs and one of our cats in the past 14 months. I’m working on adopting another rescue dog (I had five Treeing Walker Coonhonds and am down to three, and the one I’m adopting is the same breed). I would use this towards a new collar and leash for her. Each of my dogs has their own “signature” color, so I’d have to pick a new color for the new dog.

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