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>What should you feed your cat?The brands and types of food you feed your cat are a personal decision with a lot of potential considerations including price, convenience, and even personal reaction to the smell, look, etc.  However, in general terms, canned food is better for your cat all the way around (i.e., dry food should never be fed in preference to canned).  There are lots of reason, but the biggies are that canned food:has better nutritional value, normally contains less salt and carbohydrates, is actually better for oral hygiene (which sounds funny, but they did a study and not only does dry food not “scrape off tartar”, it causes irritation and abrasions to the gums and lips where the wet food causes the cat to secrete more saliva which contains enzymes that kill the bacteria that cause the plaque in the first place), contains more water - which is always good for cats since they have a low thirst drive. In choosing a food (either canned or dry), you want something with high protein, low fat, and low carbohydrate.  Good ingredients are meat of some type such as “chicken”, “beef”, “fish”, etc.  These ingredients should be at the top of the list.  Bad ingredients include “by-products”, “meal”, “digest” and “gluten”.  In the best foods you won’t see them listed at all, but if the food does have them they should be listed near the bottom of the ingredients. Another good practice is rotating food brands. Manufactures vary the contents of pet food according to availability and price – each batch is different. They have to stay within the percentages listed on the food, but if you read the label closely, there is a range. One way of ensuring your cat receives well-balanced nutrition is to use a couple of brands. See what this FIP researcher feeds her cats (bottom of the web page). http://www.dr-addie.com/PreventionS3.htm  A couple of good websites to check out are:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_food   http://www.catinfo.org http://cats.about.com/od/cannedfood/Canned_Cat_Food_Next_Best_Choice_after_a_Raw_Diet.htm


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