How do you know your cat is getting the nutrition they require? You're bombarded with cat food commercials, each alleging that their product is more effective than the others. Fancy Paws LLC in Elkins, WV can help reduce the confusion. We carry a number of cat foods and can help you in choosing the one that is perfect for your precious pet.
Your cat is a hunter, descended from a long line of hunters. Wild cats naturally ate a wide assortment of nutritious food, based on what they could snag. But your domestic cat depends on you to feed them. Fancy Paws LLC 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 supply energy and help absorb vitamins like A, D, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Also, some cat foods include carbohydrates, which are digestible and provide energy.
Reading a Cat Food Label
Cat food companies are required to put specific 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 include feeding instructions, but they're a guideline and not a "one size fits all." Your vet's recommendations 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! Fancy Paws LLC in Elkins, WV has everything you need for your pet. We offer a wide variety 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 (304) 636-4916 for all your pet's needs.