A truly top-quality cat food should: Use named meat protein sources. Contain no by-products. Contain no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy. Contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
We researched cheap canned (a.k.a., wet) cat food and cheap dry (a.k.a. kibble) cat food to find the best of each for the average cat. In the canned cat food column we put Trader Joe's Premium (starting at 69 cents/5.5-ounce can) in first place for its quality ingredients, followed by Friskies Meaty Bits (starting at $11/24-pack 5.5-ounce cans) for the their bargain price and popularity with consumers (that would the cats). In the dry cat food column, Purina One Smartblend Adult Variety (starting at $27/16 pounds) earns top billing for relatively high protein content and low price while Taste of the Wild Feline Formula (starting at $28.50/15 pounds) comes in second for its perceived health benefits and feeding efficiency (owners say a little goes a long way). Two cheap cat foods that just don't rank are Special Kitty Premium (starting at $10.18/24-pack 5.5-ounce cans), Walmart's in-house brand, and Friskies Dry (starting at $13.50/16 pounds), both of which sink on the ingredients test.
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Top 14 Premium Dry Foods for Adult Cats - The Spruce
dry cat foods in matching the nutritional quality of a raw food diet.
Cooking your own homemade cat food is the best way to ensure top quality nutrition. Careful about 1) The right ratio of protein to fat to carbs; 2) Food sources packed with primary nutrients as well as vitamins/minerals; 3) Additional supplements and health boosters. Apply this checklist to every homemade cat food recipe to ensure your cat is getting the best nutrition in the proper amounts.When experts list the top canned cat foods for cats, Halo's Spot's Stew usually earns a recommendation. High quality ingredients and a spotless safety record are why. For example, packs chunks of chicken, chicken liver and turkey into a broth rich with vegetables -- carrots, zucchini, green peas, yellow squash, green beans and celery -- and no grains. That's key, experts say, because cats haven't evolved to digest grain. In addition, Spot's Stew flavors are free of any controversial ingredients, though another variety -- Halo's Spot's Pate -- does contain carrageenan. The cat food comes only in smaller-sized cans (3 and 5.5 ounces), but they are BPA-free.A truly top quality dry cat food should contain no by-products, no fillers such as wheat & corn, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. It’s important to note that ingredients are listed by weight, be sure to study the top 5 ingredients and pick a high meat to vegetable ratio.
Other grain-free or otherwise good quality cat foods rate nearly as highly as Orijen, but at a lower price. earns good feedback from experts and cat owners. Its top ingredients are all quality meat proteins (deboned turkey and chicken, followed by chicken, whitefish and herring meals). Wellness' meat meals contain no byproducts, and its fish meals use only natural preservatives. Wellness includes probiotics (friendly bacteria) to promote good digestion and immunity.