Recently, many studies have suggested that canned cat food has many nutritional benefits over dry cat foods. Canned food has been subsequently increasing in popularity among cat owners, with more people deciding that choosing canned cat food is the best choice for their cat's nutrition. To decide if canned cat food is best for your cat, it's best to first understand the basic ingredients in canned cat food.
HOW IS CANNED CAT FOOD MADE?
The ingredients for making canned cat food are basically the same as in dry cat food: meat/meat byproducts, feed grains, and soybean meal. The meat products are rendered (which involves processing over high heat to rupture the fat cells), dried, and mixed with the other ingredients. The difference, however, is that canned cat food does not require the cereal grains that are added to dry cat food in order for it to retain its shape. Also, canned cat food has a much higher moisture content formula. Generally, canned cat food has between a 70-80% moisture content. The ingredients of canned cat food are usually “farm fresh” meat products, which adds to nutritional content of the food.
IS CANNED CAT FOOD BEST FOR MY CAT?
It's been suggested that a low-carbohydrate, high protein cat food is far superior to any dry food formula. Though this is still hotly debated among many pet food companies, it is important to note that canned cat food is able to provide a better source of protein than dry cat food, because less grains are needed in comparison to dry cat food. This is, of course, only a general statement, and some canned cat food formulas, such as a “chicken and rice” formula, contain a higher percentage of carbohydrates.
It's very important to be sure that the majority of the protein in a canned cat food formula comes from animal sources. Plant-based proteins are deficient in many of the important amino acids required by your cat, and are not an efficient way for your cat to receive their daily protein requirement.
ADVANTAGES OF CANNED CAT FOOD
A cat's body is designed so that your cat is able to gain much of their required liquid from the moisture content of their food. This is because in the wild, a feline's diet consists mainly of raw, high-moisture meat products. Canned cat food also requires less ingredients, since many of the additives in dry cat food are thickeners, fillers, and caking agents. Canned cat food does not require as many additives in order to reach a consumable form. Because of the higher nutrient density of canned cat food, it also requires your cat to eat less food to become satisfied. The nutritional requirements of your cat are unique, and many high-quality canned cat food brands are able to provide the nutrients that your cat needs. However, it's important to choose a canned cat food that has a proper moisture ratio. A moisture ratio over 80% should be avoided, since the nutritional content is no longer balanced with the amount of moisture. A proper moisture ratio for canned cat food should be between 70-80%.