How do you know your cat is getting the nutrition they need? You’re bombarded with cat food commercials, each claiming that their product is better than the others. Pets Choice in Merrimack, New Hampshire can help you cut through the confusion. We stock a wide variety of cat foods and can assist you in finding the one that is just right for your precious pet.
Your cat is a hunter, descended from a long line of hunters. Wild felines naturally ate a good variety of nutritious food, based on what they could catch. But your domestic cat depends on you to feed them. Pets Choice has all the foods that will keep them happy and healthy.
What Nutrients Does Your Cat Need?
For starters, your cat is a carnivore. They need meat in some form: animal protein for essential amino acids. This can be poultry, beef, lamb, fish or eggs. They need fats to provide energy and help absorb vitamins. Vitamins such as A, D, B1, B2, B3 and B6. Minerals including iron, sodium and chloride. In addition, some cat foods include carbohydrates, which are digestible and provide energy.
Reading a Cat Food Label
Cat food companies are required to put certain information on their labels, such as ingredients in descending order of weight, and guaranteed analysis, which tells you minimum and maximum amount of nutrients such as fats, protein and fiber.
Look for the nutritional adequacy statement, which tells whether the food is meant for an adult cat or a kitten.
Labels contain feeding instructions, but they’re a guideline and not “one size fits all.” Your vet’s advice takes precedence.
Understand food descriptions. There’s a difference between “chicken cat food” and “cat food with chicken.” Chicken cat food must be 95 percent chicken, while cat food with chicken can have as little as 3 percent. Food described as “chicken dinner” (or chicken formula, platter of entree) can be anywhere between 25 and 95 percent chicken.
In any case, look at nutrients in addition to ingredients. After all, nutrition is what your cat needs.
Still have questions? Just ask us!
Pets Choice for All Your Pet Care Supplies
In Merrimack New Hampshire, Pets Choice is your headquarters not only for cat food but for everything you need for your pet. We carry a great assortment of major brands and our knowledgeable staff is eager to answer your questions and help you choose the best food for your cat. Drop into our store, visit us at https://www.petschoicenh.com or call (603) 424-7297 for all your pet’s needs.