How do you know your cat is receiving the nutrition they need? You're bombarded with cat food commercials, each stating that their product is better than the others. Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile in Spokane, WA can help reduce the confusion. We stock a wide array of cat foods and can help you in choosing 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 selection of nutritious food, based on what they could capture. But your domestic cat counts on you to feed them. Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile 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 may 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. Additionally, some cat foods consist of carbohydrates, which are digestible and provide energy.
Reading a Cat Food Label
Cat food companies are required to put particular 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 described as "chicken dinner" (or chicken formula) can be anywhere between 25 and 95 percent chicken.
Labels have feeding instructions, but they're a guideline and not a "one size fits all." Your vet's advice takes precedence.
Search 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! Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile in Spokane, WA has anything you need for your pet. We offer 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 (509) 443-9663 for all your pet's needs.