What kind of wet food should I feed my cats?

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Pearl is just ecstatic when she smells food but Sky is somewhat of a picky eater. Since we have had Sky much longer, I tend to follow his preferences. Sometimes it’s the taste that they don’t like, but also the type of wet food as well. One thing I know is that they do not like pâté, even Pearl who cleans her dish every time still leaves a bit behind. I personally also do not prefer to feed them pâté as it is more like a paste and just sticks to the spoon. I prefer the stews/gravy type that I can just plop onto their dish without leaving any on the spoon.

Nowadays, there are so many variations of wet recipes: pâté, stew, gravy, soup, consommé, au jus, aspic, sauce, gelee. Then there’s the type of wet food: cubed, minced, diced, sliced, shredded, chunky, flaked, morsels. A bit overwhelming! Every cat has their own preference so make sure to observe your cat’s eating habits, but more importantly, educate yourself on reading the labels before making the purchase.

Although I am flexible with their preferences, I do follow a guideline. I’m no expert at food analysis but I try to do as much research online and read the labels. The labels don’t provide all information which is why you will need to do your research, look into the company’s site for detailed nutritional values.

My guideline for choosing cat food:

  • Keep in mind that all food products vary from batch to batch hence the (min.) and (max.) on the guaranteed analysis
  • Animal based protein; chicken, turkey, rabbit  (>50% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Moderate fat (~20-45% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Low carbohydrate (~1-2% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Crude protein (min) on guaranteed analysis (the higher, the better but read ingredient list to see where protein is coming from)
  • Crude fat (min) on guaranteed analysis (the lower, the better)
  • Moisture (max) content on guaranteed analysis (~75%-85%)
  • Ash (max) content on guaranteed analysis (<2%)
  • The first several ingredients listed must be protein but not liver (liver is high in Vitamin A & D which can be overdosed)
  • Avoid by-products (nutritious organ meats such as liver, spleen, kidney but can also include feet and feathers)
  • Avoid meals (heavily processed), fillers, corn, soy, wheat, rice
  • As little carbohydrate sources as possible; grains and vegetables (rice, potatoes, peas, starch, corn/maize)
  • Preferably gluten free (plant-based protein)
  • Carrageenan free (additive used to thicken, emulsify food)
  • Try to limit fish-based recipes (high allergy potential, toxin/mercury levels, high in phosphorus/magnesium, addictive)
  • Note: Ash (mineral) – the higher the ash content, the less actual food calories is in the can so the lower the better

Hopefully this will help you with choosing wet food for your feline friends!

 

If you’d like to learn more in detail about cat food analysis, visit catinfo.org

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What do I feed my kitties?

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If cats are on a dry food only plus water bowl diet, they have a higher chance of getting feline urinary tract issues. If cats are on a wet food only diet, they consume double the amount of water than cats on a dry food diet plus water bowl. I read a lot about how cats are naturally carnivores and should only be on a raw diet, but not everyone can afford to go that route.

When I first adopted Sky, I read about what to feed cats and I went half-half. I know water consumption is extremely important so water is refilled around the clock. Obesity is common with cats, and many who are spayed/neutered develops a pouch (Sky has a big pouch, Pearl is developing a small one). Before when we had a busy schedule we would just leave a bowl of dry food out but slowly I noticed Sky gaining weight. Portion control is important as well. And yes, they love it when you shake the treat bags, but don’t go crazy giving it to them just because they’re so cute!

So this is what I feed them: 1 full spoon of wet food + 1/8 cup of dry food each, twice a day approx. 8-9 hours in between each feed, and then treats (usually 4 pcs each per day).

Dry food: GO! Fit + Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Recipe
Wet food: I currently rotate between GO! Fit + Free Chicken, Turkey + Trout StewTiki Cat Puka Puka LuauWeruva Nine Liver and Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken (check out what kind of wet food to feed here).

I know a lot of cats seem to be fine on dry food diets but if you can, add wet food to their diet. It will help them consume more water and improve their urinary tract system. Remember to always have fresh water in their bowl!!

They are both indoor cats. We moved from a condo, to a 2 level town house to a 3 level town house. If anything they should have more space to run around here. They have a 74 inch cat tree as well. Still I find Sky to be gaining weight, so I’m contemplating if I should remove dry food from their diet altogether. That or I get them a wheel! 😉