Dry cat food is more practical, less expensive than wet food and keeps longer. They also make it possible to fight against tartar, thus promoting good oral hygiene. Giving kibbles to their cat has therefore become a reflex that many cat owners have adopted, even if it is essential to feed their cat also with meats. Unfortunately, the composition of the croquettes is not always clear. To be sure to give quality kibbles to your furball and thus ensure its good health, follow these 3 tips.
1. Look at the percentage of meat
In a packet of kibble, meat (or fish) must be the first component indicated because it means that it is the most common food. The ideal is to exceed 30% of meat and not to exceed 12% of minerals. Indeed, cats are purely carnivorous animals and therefore above all need protein in their diet.
But be careful, the meat must be listed in ” pieces “, and not in “by-products”, which are none other than the remains of animals unfit for consumption (hooves, feathers, slurry …).
2. Avoid the first prizes
First-rate kibble is often made up of food of more than questionable quality. Even if the most expensive food are not necessarily the best , avoid turning to these low-end brands, too rich in fat.
Similarly, try to banish the presence of chemical additives , preservatives and artificial colors in your cat’s kibble by turning in particular to organic brands . A too strong presence of cereals (wheat, corn, wheat flour, rice, soy…) is also the sign of a poor quality brand, cereals being poorly digested by the cat.
3. Choose suitable kibbles
It is well known, neutered cats tend to gain weight easily. Their energy needs are lower than other cats but they have more appetite. It is therefore recommended to opt for kibbles dedicated to sterilized cats in order to guarantee your tomcat an adequate supply of nutrients without having to reduce its daily ration.
Likewise, be sure to always choose your cat’s kibble according to his age and state of health . So, if your cat has a disease, choose kibbles specially created for diabetic or kidney failure cats for example.
To summarize :
- Proteins: at least 30%
- Fats: between 9 and 25% – only animal fats (no vegetable fats!)
- Carbohydrates: between 0 and 20%
- Crude ash (minerals): between 5 and 12%
- Calcium: less than 1%
- Phosphorus: less than 0.8%
- Magnesium: less than 0.1%
- Taurine: minimum 0.1%
- Presence of vitamin A