Nutrition tips for your cat

Cats are considered true carnivores, their nutritional requirement can be supplied almost entirely with meat.  They did not evolve to metabolize grains and carbohydrates and excessive amounts of these can cause serious health issues.  There are some great cat foods on the market and we carry some of the best. Poor quality foods can be detrimental to your pet’s health and contribute to a variety of ailments including allergies, excessive shedding, obesity, the formation of crystals, diabetes and even cancer.

Here is what to look for in a good food:

The first ingredients should be named meats, poultry or fish

Avoid by-products (including meat-and-bone-meal and beef-and-bone-meal).

Look for fruits and vegetables in the ingredients

Eliminate or highly limit the grains. Limit the carbohydrates.  There is an increasing push by many quality pet food companies to eliminate or significantly reduce grains in pet food.  Check out this link to learn about some of the problems linked to grains http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/grains-in-dog-food-1/

Avoid the chemical preservatives and humidity retainer (BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, ethoxyquin, propylene glycol).

Select “natural” or “human grade” foods. These terms have no legal definition but are generally seen on better-quality foods.

 Consider removing dry cat food from your cat’s diet. An increasing number of vets a recommending feeding canned rather than dry. To learn more go to this website: http://www.catinfo.org/ 

Pro-biotics and pre-biotics can be helpful to boost the immunity.

Our certified staff can help you choose the foods that are right for your pet.