Expensive or cheap?There are four main classes of feed – economy, commercial, premium and super-premium. The higher the grade of the feed, the higher its price. To feed the economy class price is 100 rubles per kilogram, and commercial up to 130-150 rubles/kg. what is the difference between them?Food economy and commercial classes are not balanced, are food additives, dyes, and other chemicals. Commercial (advertised in the media) feed is slightly higher in quality than food economy, but an excessive amount of "chemistry" in them can harm the cat. The digestibility of the forage economy class – 30% of commercial feed and 70%. This means that a food the cat will eat more and more. This might lead to pet obesity, as well as by ingestion of animal large number of indigestible harmful chemicals.Feed premium and super-premium cost from 150 to 300 rubles per kilogram. These complete feeds are of good quality and able to satisfy all the nutritional needs of cats. These foods are balanced and become assimilated by the animals 90%.It should also be aware that pet food premium and super-premium classes are more economical than others because they have greater energy density. Thus, an animal weighing 5 kg per day requires up to 90 grams of premium food and up to 140 grams of the food economy.
For adults or kittens?When choosing food, you should focus on the age of the cat. Because the different age of the pet has different needs for vitamins, minerals and even calories. The manufacturers indicate on the label the age of the animal for which the product is intended. It can be food for kittens, adults or older cats (animals over 7-8 years).
Dry or wet?Choosing dry or wet food, remember that you can combine them in the diet of a cat is impossible. Everything else is a matter of your cat's preferences and budget, as dry food, anyway, but cheaper wet.
What's on the label?And, of course, before you buy food will certainly need to read the label. What must be specified? First of all, meat and its kind (e.g., chicken). And it is meat and not "meat". Offal is a good thing, but who knows what the manufacturer had in mind? And suddenly it's not liver, heart and the like, and tails, hooves and horns of cattle?Further – vegetables and cereals. Their optimal content in the feed required to make 25-50%. In any stern must be the vitamins and minerals that also indicated on the label. In the list of chemicals include food additives, colorants, antioxidants, preservatives. In feeds high-class flavors are almost there or the percentage is very small. So expensive food have a reddish natural color and not excessive in flavor granules, while the economical feed consists of pellets of all colors and smells, even through the sealed plastic bag.You should know that some antioxidants (E321, E320 and others) can cause cats diseases such as cancer, allergic reactions, disorders of the organs of liver damage. In addition, the feed often contain ballast substances (cheap, totally unnecessary component that is used exclusively for filling volume of the stomach of a cat), natural preservatives, and absolutely unnecessary animal sugar and caramel.
Of course, only a cat can be the best expert on the stern for mewing. Picking up the poop, be guided by the appetite and condition of your pet. Such factors as optimal and constant weight of the animal, its excellent physical condition, shiny coat, not excessive (not more than a quarter of the mass of the feed eaten) chair, suggests that the cat food is suitable.