Food for cats: reviews and recommendations
The modern pace dictates the conditions of life not only for people, but also for animals. If before a good owner, attentive to the nutrition of his pet, could spend hours choosing or harvesting food for him, but now a growing number of breeders and simply animal lovers are switching to ready dry and moist feeds. First of all, it affected domestic cats, as they are often found among your favorite pets.
A variety of fodder for cats
It is not so easy nowadays to choose a quality cat food. Reviews say one thing, advertising is different, veterinarians - the third. The variety of feeds simply amazes the unprepared buyer.
And the cat suffers because of this.
When switching to ready-made animal feed, it is worth considering their division into classes.
Feed Holstik class
This class of fodder for cats appeared relatively recently. First they tried to be attributed to the super-premium class feed, but too big a gap lies between them. What is the essence of such an office?
Holistic - it means whole. That is, the food is selected not for some kind of cat, not for a certain part of the body or a sore, but in general for a cat. After all, before becoming a home purr, the entire feline part of the world's population was wild and extracted their own food. At the same time, none of them suffered from obesity, urolithiasis, or liver and kidney problems. So, eating a holistic, a homemade cat gets everything that he would get in the wild, eating fresh, recently sliced meat.
This is a fully balanced feed for cats, customer reviews confirm this by the good condition of the pet - both external and internal. In holistiches only fresh meat is used, the growth of which was not adjusted by hormones. Accordingly, they will not enter the cat's body and can not cause mutations, including cancer. This is one of the "chips" of holists - meat used for feed could be eaten by a person, since it was chosen according to all the norms of quality. This already excludes the presence of giblets, horns and hooves, as well as by-products. In addition, meat for these feeds undergoes minimal heat treatment, which allows it to retain the maximum of useful properties and taste qualities.
For example, the feed-holistic includes the food "Akana" and "Orizhen" Canadian company CHAMPION PETFOODS LTD.
"Akana" - cat food, reviews on which are 99% positive. These are biologically appropriate feeds, they are completely balanced and suitable for daily feeding. A huge plus and difference from simple feeds is the absence of grain components in the feeds of "Akan" and "Orizhen". In them you will not see any millet, no corn, let alone soy. All the necessary carbohydrates the animal receives from the potato - the mandatory ingredient of "Akana". The composition on the packages is written in great detail, and it includes fresh meat of several species (lamb, fish, chicken, turkey), fresh vegetables, fruits, about fifty kinds of herbs. It is worth noting the absence of such cheap fillers as corn gluten, which causes allergies in animals, bone meal, meat by-products, corn and corn flour. Preservatives in this diet are used only natural - these are some herbs and vitamins. Proteins are mainly of animal origin, and not vegetable, they are much better absorbed by the animal's body. Particular attention should be paid to the presence of natural urine oxidants, which save the animal from the acquisition of urolithiasis even after castration or sterilization. People who have been using the product "Akana" (cat food) for a long time (and the food has been produced for more than twenty-five years), the responses are about the same: they got rid of the allergy caused by another, cheaper food, the animal looks fine, is active, eats with pleasure, but not much, etc.
Speaking of the norm of feeding. An animal that feeds on dry food should drink plenty of water. Cheap feed, which is poorly absorbed by the cat's body, only clog the stomach, as the animal, while trying to get enough and get the right amount of energy and vitamins, will eat up for future use. Not only is this a direct path to obesity, so even in the stomach there is no room for water, and the cat begins to drink less. And this is already threatening with problems with the stomach, kidneys and urinary tract. The norm of feeding "Akana" is an average of 80 grams per day. And practically all the eaten is processed into energy, accordingly, the volume of feces decreases.
The ruler of "Akana" does not have veterinary feeds, it is calculated on healthy animals. In this case, according to reviews, problems with allergies and with the stomach (nausea, vomiting), this food decides. Also, there are no wet feeds of "Akana" and "Orizhen", therefore, if the animal is used to eating preserves, it is possible to soak dry food, but moisture should not exceed 35% of the volume.
Therefore, picking food for your purr, in the first place should pay attention to this food. It will cost money, but you will save money on veterinarians and treatment.
If the feed of the holistic class is hardly typed from a dozen, then the super-premium class will be bigger. These feeds mostly consist of meat, not cheap flour fillers, there should be no meat offal. The daily rate is also small, since most of the feed is absorbed by the animal's body.
These feeds are also very high quality, and up to Holistic some of them do not reach enough only one or two indicators. For example, such feeds include "Leonardo" - cat food, reviews on which are mostly positive. The range of feeds includes both dry and wet types, but most buyers give their preference to preserves and preserves.
The manufacturer indicates that he uses only fresh ingredients, while the composition of the feed indicates meat meal of several kinds. But there is no offal, and this can not but rejoice. Another plus is that most of the proteins are still of animal origin, which means that your pussy can easily assimilate them.
About feed "Hills" for cats, the reviews are very mixed. Some breeders and amateurs praise him beyond measure, some say this feed is categorical "no."
In fact, this food is now difficult to classify as super-premium, they continue to do this as a matter of habit. Earlier, "Hills" was really the best, but recently cornmeal and corn gluten appeared in feeds, which contributes to the development of allergies, soy, which leads to the formation of cancerous tumors. In the line there are both feeds for daily use, and veterinary feeds (the quality of which is still better), there is dry food and moist (only medicinal).
Another food, which can be attributed to the super-premium class, is "Bozita". Food for cats, reviews about which exceed the most daring expectations of the manufacturer.
Initially it was created as a premium food, but it turned out much better and smoothly migrated to the next group. The customers appreciated very highly the composition of the feed (there is no corn gluten and gluten, not a word about the offal), and its smell, attracting even the most fastidious seals to the bowl, and its consistency. The feed is divided into dry and wet, veterinary feeds are absent, but "Bozita" was created for daily use by healthy cats. Very highly appreciated the wet feed "Bozita". They are of two kinds: pieces in jelly and pates. Animals, according to customers, are happy to eat and that and that.
The premium class is all that is worse than the above, but not so bad as the economy class.
In premium foods, still there is meat, sometimes it is even - the main ingredient. But the composition does not already meet fresh meat, a maximum - meat or bone meal. Present and offal. And what is included in them - nobody knows. There were these just leftovers of meat from slaughterhouses or horns and hoofs - it will not be possible to establish.
At best, the flour component is rice and rice flour, as in the "ProPlan". Food for cats, reviews received not so bad. In the composition of the first place is meat or fish, this is a good indicator, but its only 20%. There is a famous corn gluten. The remaining 80% of the composition is cheap fillers, corn, flour, etc. The feed is not well balanced, the animal can receive too much one vitamin or mineral and suffer from the lack of another. They also have a wet cat food, the reviews will be better, but they consist of a meat by-product, there are taste enhancers, albeit permitted, but still. There is a lot of jelly in the bag, in comparison with the pieces, so the buyer acquires water.
The premium class also includes such feeds as Royal Canin, which is already known to many consumers. The composition is rather weak, but there is no soy, and this is a plus.
Still worth noting the food "Brit" for cats - reviews are different. Someone is happy with food, someone is not very. But he has a fairly democratic price, even among premium-class feeds, so many choose it.
There are also Russian feeds, which bear the proud name of premium food. For example, "Our Mark". Food, in general, quite good, but to the premium class, he still has to develop and develop. Rather, it will be assigned to the next category.
Forage of economy class
The economy class for animals is almost the same as the same class for people. This is cat food, reviews about which are either simply missing, or they are negative. In the composition of very little meat, in most cases it is meat by-products. And even this class of fodder is divided into two types: the first are those in which a simple, unproductive or domestic cat may well exist for a fairly long time, the second is absolutely commercial fodder created for profit, there is no question of caring for animals .
Beneficial from the economy class stands out "Purina" - cat food, reviews about which amaze at least some variety. "Purina" has in its lineup a completely different feed with a variety of compounds that you want even to attribute to different classes. This and "Friskis" with "Darling", which, rather, want to be attributed to commercial, advertised species, and "Cat Chau", which for its price category is very even looks good, and the veterinary line "Purina" - cat food, reviews about which are still positive, not negative. They are dry, there are wet, in some meat 4%, in others about 20%.
Vets do not really like this feed, but recently the treatment line has begun to improve the quality for the better.
Other food of economy class
Most of the commercial feeds produced by the company "Mars". These fodder are widely heard, even those who do not have cats know them.
These are the famous "Kitty Ket" and "Whiskas". It is difficult to say that the composition of these feeds is beneficial to the animal. Meat in them is practically absent, and if a meat by-product is added, then the lowest quality is added. Such feed for cats reviews is appropriate, but many continue to feed them their koteek. Simply, it is always at hand (you can buy it from any store), and cats eat it with pleasure. But this does not mean that the food is good. This only indicates that it contains a large amount of flavor.