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What Should I Feed My Cat?

Three basic questions to help you choose quality food


There are so many kinds of cat food available that finding the right one seems daunting. To narrow down your choices, consider these three things:

1. How old is my cat?

Kittens (under a year), adult cats (from one to 10 years old) and senior cats (over 10 years old) all have different nutritional needs. For example, active and growing kittens need more calories, while older cats may benefit from ingredients that help support their aging joints.

2. What breed is my cat?

Some breeds like Maine Coon Cats, Ragdolls and Persians, may benefit from food customized for their size or their flatter face structure. Very fluffy cats may be better off with a hairball-control formula.

3. Does my cat have health issues?

A special diet may be best for cats with food sensitivities or weight problems. There are also foods made to help address dental and urinary-tract problems as well as other conditions.

Choose quality ingredients

Now that you’ve got a general idea of what to feed your feline, look for brands that offer high-quality ingredients. Good cat food will include meat for protein and contains fewer fillers such as corn, wheat and soy.

Though premium brands can cost more than bargain brands, the payoff is that these foods deliver more of the nutrients your pet needs. Because your cat absorbs more nutrients from the food, there’s less waste, so your cat’s stools will probably be firmer and smaller.

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