We adore our cat’s personalities and characters, but many of us don’t know the best way to feed our feline family members. Understanding your cat’s nutritional needs is just as important as understanding your own.
Factors such as breed, age, activity levels, and sensitivities or allergies are essential considerations when selecting a cat food, and can change throughout different life stage's. That's why we put together this quick guide for our go to's when finding a new food for our favourite furry friends.
General guidelines when choosing a new food
You should be feeding your cat a mix of dry and wet foods in order to maintain a healthy diet. Dry cat food is the most popular form of cat food. Its core advantage is that it has a much longer storage life than wet food and also tends to be cheaper to produce, especially at scale. However, dry cat food isn’t perfect and the lack of moisture can have serious health consequences for cats, and so we do not recommend a cat’s diet consists entirely of dry cat food.
At the very least, you should feed your cat a mix of wet food and dry food to ensure they take on sufficient moisture. In addition to a lack of moisture, dry cat food tends to contain higher quantities of unnecessary carbohydrates and plant-based ingredients.
Despite this, some high-quality dry cat foods have impressive nutrition that is high in animal-based protein and fat.
Wet cat food is also extremely popular and is most commonly stored within a can. It also tends to provide a better balance of nutrients for your cat’s diet than dry food, which can prevent the need for supplementary feed.
Furthermore, the main reason that wet cat food nutrition is often superior is that wet food tends to contain plant-based or processed ingredients.
Here are some of the best Canadian cat food brands that we adore:
Orijen’s high meat inclusion and subsequent high protein content not only results in an irresistible food choice for fussy cats, it also packs plenty of nutrient-dense ingredients to keep your cat healthy and thriving. There are several unique formulations to choose from.
The grain free cat can variety pack is a great option for the picky cats who tire easier on one food option.
All Go! Solutions formulas are uniquely designed to help cat owners manage their cat’s protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake. Plus, their recipes are ideal for solving problems, such as food allergies, skin and coat care, and sensitive tummies.
The skin coat care dry cat food line is a perfect option for cats shedding cats and is loaded with antioxidants and veggies.
Acana, the sister brand to Orijen, is also made in Alberta by Champion Pet Foods. Using the same quality ingredients, and the same award-winning manufacturing practices, with the main difference between the two being meat inclusion. Acana’s cat formulas are made with up to 75% meat, whereas Orijen’s meat content are closer to 90%.
Acana's Pacifica dry cat food is loaded with omega 3's and has a 75% small prey to 25% fruits and veggies breakdown giving your cat all the necessary nutrients they need.
All Smack products are backed by food engineering, biochemistry, holistic medicine, and a deep love of animals. Smack’s recipes are made mostly from certified organic ingredients, including the best quality cuts of human-grade meat, and a carefully chosen range of organic produce.
Best of all, Smack’s foods are dehydrated in their raw form, ensuring maximum nutrient retention. Because of their high meat content, Smack is highly palatable; perfect for fussy felines.
Every batch of Zeal is carefully air-dried at 80°C, resulting in a consistency similar to beef jerky or artisanal meats. Zeal uses only locally sourced, human-grade ingredients, without the use of any artificial binders, fillers, preservatives, or dyes. Best of all, Zeal is a more affordable option than most dehydrated raw brands.
The bottom line is, in order for us to take care of our fur babies so that they are happy and live a long and healthy life, we need to do our research. This means it might take time, playing around with different brands to ultimately come up with the perfect recipe. But in the end our fur babies will thank us for it.