Fact or Fiction on food for your cat. Below is a few common misconceptions about their diet you need to know!
Fiction: Dry food is better for their teeth than canned food.
Fact: Dry food is not any better for your pets teeth than wet food is but what is beneficial for your cats’ oral health is regular dental care at home (brushing teeth, approved dental chews, and water additive solutions), and regular veterinary visits to monitor overall dental health.
Fiction: Grains in food are BAD.
Fact: Not all grains found in cat food are bad. It is true that your cat is a carnivore and they were not designed to consume many carbohydrates like those found in grains. Adding grains into the cat food helps keep the costs affordable for cat owners as a meat only diet would be very costly. Monitoring your cat and measuring meals everyday can ensure your cat stays a healthy weight and is getting the right amount of nutrients each day.
Fiction: Ingredients on the labels give us insight on the quality of the food.
Fact: There is no real way to tell the quality of the food you are purchasing for your cat by reading the ingredient label. Your pet needs nutrients not ingredients. The food needs to have the proper nutrients in the appropriate amounts for the best health outcome.
Fiction: Bowl depth can cause whisker fatigue.
Fact: Some people think that cats can get “Whisker Fatigue” and struggle to eat if their dish is not wide enough or shallow enough. There is no scientific evidence to prove this. If your cat decides to stop eating or changes how he eats you should call your veterinarian as this could be due to some other underlying issue or condition. Whiskers are highly sensitive sense organs and actually can detect things like movement of air and obstacles around them. Choose any dish you like!
Fiction: Probiotics are not effective.
Fact: Science shows that adding a probiotic to your pets diet is beneficial and makes a significant positive change to the intestinal bacterial population when bad bacteria have taken over! Often your veterinarian may have you give a probiotic when your pet is on an antibiotic to replace that good bacteria back into the GI system.
Fiction: Cats don’t need a lot of water.
Fact: Before cats were domesticated they got their water from consuming rodents that are largely made up of water like mice. Now that their diets are created with little moisture it is important for their health to encourage water consumption. Offering water in a few places throughout the home is beneficial, as well as offering water in different types of ways, dishes, water fountains, etc.. see what your cat prefers best and stick with that way! Water is important in maintaining a healthy happy kitty!
Fiction: Quality comes with a price tag.
Fact: There are many different brands of cat foods out there and doing some homework on them is helpful when determining which is best for your cat. Have a nutrition conversation with your veterinarian and see which brands they recommend. Quality food comes in many different sizes, shapes, and forms. Cats can thrive on many different brands. Quality food will meet standards set by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials- aafco.org) and will be well researched and studied by the company that produces it. The companies have studies that test feeding trials where they feed their diets to cats at their research facility and see how well they do. Data costs money and some of that is reflected on the customer but it is important to understand that just because a food costs more than other brands doesn’t mean it is of great quality.