Now, I know food makes a difference in us, so why not pets too? Time to research. I started by looking for what cat food was best for Persians. Cats are carnivores, so it makes sense that a food high in protein would be best. It also makes sense that the fewer fillers the better. But what is considered a filler and what else helps? And what about hairballs?
Fillers are basically anything we wouldn’t eat plus grains, which are added to provide dietary fiber, bulk or some other non-nutritive purpose. For example meat byproducts, corncobs, corn, peanut hulls, rice, weeds, straw, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, stomach contents, etc. Reminds me of hot dogs and baloney. Ugh. Will think twice about eating those too, lol. So, a certain amount of corn, rice or wheat doesn’t seem to be unhealthy for cats, but the only time they would have eaten these products in their natural environment, “the wild”, is when they have already been digested by their prey.
What foods then have the highest protein and lowest amount of fillers, right? I consequently spent quite a few hours checking dry food contents and finding out where I could by what. I looked for rankings of dry food and ingredients of dried food after all of that was done I decided on Life’s Abundance.
Does this mean a food high in protein is the best for your cat? Well, yes and no. While it’s tempting to assume (makes an ass out of u and me, ha!) that a high percentage of protein means that a food contains the best nutritional value for your cat, this isn’t always so. We also need to look at the source of the protein - not just the amount. Oddly enough, not all proteins sources are equal. Nor are they all digestible to your cat. Cats need proteins high in specific enzyme and amino acid values, such as taurine. Without getting too specific, (I forget the specifics anyway—my brain has a very selective memory) check the ingredients label for named protein.
Cats also need a high percentage of moisture in their food. The foods they naturally choose are 70% water. It seems the moisture in dried food is only 5-10%. Most of what I read written by more experienced breeders and a few veterinarians seems to lead towards feeding your cat canned food. Who would have thought? I am going to ask around at the next cat show. I’m curious now, but it makes more sense to feed canned food. I would think, though, that’s it’s possible for the cat to drink enough water along with the dried food.
I have not made a definite choice yet, but I have discovered that if I change brands on my cats they get diarrhea. That suggests make the change gradually and be sure of your choice as soon as possible.
One of the best concise and informative pieces of information I found was a youtube video by Dr. Becker called “Best and worst foods for your pet”: