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How do you know your cat is getting the nutrition they require? You're bombarded with cat food commercials, each saying that their product is superior than the others. All Pet Supplies & Equine Center in Springfield, MO can help reduce the confusion. We carry a number of cat foods and can assist you in selecting the one that is just right for your precious pet.
Your cat is a hunter, descended from a long line of hunters. Wild cats naturally ate a wide selection of nutritious food, based on what they could snag. But your domestic cat is dependent on you to feed them. All Pet Supplies & Equine Center 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 require meat in some form. This could be chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or eggs. They need fats to provide energy and help absorb vitamins like A, D, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Also, some cat foods include carbohydrates, which are digestible and provide energy.
Reading a Cat Food Label
Cat food companies are required to put specific information on their labels, such as ingredients in descending order of weight, and guaranteed analysis, which tells you the minimum and maximum amount of nutrients like fats, protein, and fiber.
Understand food descriptions. There's a distinction 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 referred to as "chicken dinner" (or chicken formula) can be anywhere between 25 and 95 percent chicken.
Labels include feeding instructions, but they're a guideline and not a "one size fits all." Your vet's advice takes priority.
Look for the nutritional adequacy statement, which reveals whether the food is intended for an adult cat or a kitten.
Still have questions? Just ask us! All Pet Supplies & Equine Center in Springfield, MO has anything you need for your pet. We offer a wide selection of major brands and our well-informed staff is eager to answer your questions and help you choose the best food for your cat. Stop by our store or call (417) 865-6800 for all your pet's needs.