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How do you know your cat is getting the nutrition they require? You're bombarded with cat food commercials, each declaring that their product is better than the others. Pet Barn in Annapolis, MD can help reduce the confusion. We carry a variety of cat foods and can help you in selecting the one that is right for your precious pet.
Your cat is a hunter, descended from a long line of hunters. Wild felines naturally ate a wide variety of nutritious food, based upon what they could capture. But your domestic cat depends on you to feed them. Pet Barn 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 to have meat in some form. This could be chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or eggs. They need fats to supply energy and help absorb vitamins like A, D, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Additionally, some cat foods consist of carbohydrates, which are digestible and offer 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 the minimum and maximum amount of nutrients like fats, protein, and fiber.
Learn about 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 referred to as "chicken dinner" (or chicken formula) can be anywhere between 25 and 95 percent chicken.
Labels contain feeding instructions, but they're a guideline and not a "one size fits all." Your vet's recommendations takes priority.
Look for the nutritional adequacy statement, which explains whether the food is meant for an adult cat or a kitten.
Still have questions? Just ask us! Pet Barn in Annapolis, MD has everything you need for your pet. We carry a wide assortment 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 (410) 573-0404 for all your pet's needs.