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Best Cat Food For Overweight Cats
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Best Cat Food for Overweight Cats

First thing is first, the answer is not as simple as naming a particular brand. The answer lies within the ingredients and what you should be looking for.

Take this for example, cat A has been on a high carb diet for years now. Cat A is skinny, healthy, and seems to be living life to the fullest. You decide to get another cat as a companion for cat A. You name it cat B. Cat B is now on the same diet as cat A because it’s just easy to feed them both the same food. Over time, cat B is putting on the pounds. Why? you ask, cat A has been on this stuff for years and cat A is perfectly healthy.

Because every cat is different with different metabolisms, however with overweight cats there is a common problem: the inability to digest carbohydrates (carbs) as fast as their skinnier peers.

So you are looking for a diet that is low in carbohydrates. But, of course, and you know this is coming: it’s not as simple as just looking for a product that is less than 10% carbs. Even if you wanted to do that, how can you? Labels rarely indicate the actual carb percentage, if at all.

What you do see is the ‘guaranteed analyses’ on cat foods. These numbers can be extremely inaccurate. They only list the ‘minimums’ and ‘maximums’ of each source, whether it be protein, fat, etc. So if the protein clocks in at min. 39.5% how do we know what the maximum is? Is it 50%? Is it 40%?

My answer to this question is simple: to get an accurate count of the composition of the cat food, you have to get in contact with the company. Only then will you be able to accurately distinguish the amount of calories your cat is digesting from carbohydrate sources.

A rule of thumb is that dry cat food is usually really high in carbohydrates. The percentage of calories from carbs can range from 20%-60%. In canned food it is much less. So if you do want to start that diet for your overweight cat, I suggest wet cat food. Then you are already half way there.

Here’s an example right from the horse’s mouth (me):

My eldest cat is on a vet prescription diet (brand withheld, this example is dry food). The goal of this particular food is to bring down the amount of calories my cat is eating, while still providing him with the essential nutrients and appropriate protein levels. Here are the first 5 ingredients listed: Chicken Meal, Brewer’s Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat, and Natural Flavor. Wow! And here I was thinking he was eating a healthy diet. Firstly, the protein levels are definitely not from a healthy source. I mean chicken meal? Come on. Secondly, there are way too many grains for my liking. I could have lived with one source, but there’s just too many. Ingredient 6 and 7 also come from grain sources.

I’d like to point out, however, is that I don’t know HOW MUCH of those grains are in the food. It could be very little of each source. This is why relying solely on the ingredient label will not help to determine how much calories from carbs are in the food. However, because there are so many grains listed, just from guessing alone I’d stay away from this stuff (and will from now on). The best way to go about this little conundrum is to get in contact with the company and get the accurate levels of food composition. Then, and only then, will you be able to determine if a brand can be considered the best cat food for overweight cats.

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Cena  

I have learn another lesson on cat. Thanks

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  about 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your article! I have 2 cats myself and knew none of what you talked about! Thank you! I will be contacting the company that makes my cats' food!

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  about 5 years ago

I am very glad this article has helped you. It is important contact the company that makes the cat food if you want an accurate understanding of what goes into the food. Good luck!

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  about 5 years ago

Hi Jamie, My wish to you is a very good morning and the next parts of the day. I just passed by to say hallo and to tell you that i like your article because it is rich and informative. Thank you very much.

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  about 5 years ago

I'm glad you found it informative :)

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  about 5 years ago
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