Exactly how do you know your cat is receiving the nutrition they require? You're bombarded with cat food commercials, each claiming that their product is superior than the others. ShakaPaw in Sandpoint, ID can help you cut through the confusion. We stock a wide variety of cat foods and can assist you in finding the one that is perfect for your precious pet.
Your cat is a hunter, descended from a long line of hunters. Wild felines naturally ate a good selection of nutritious food, based upon what they could catch. But your domestic cat depends on you to feed them. ShakaPaw 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: animal protein for crucial amino acids. This could be chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or eggs. They need fats to give energy and help absorb vitamins. Vitamins such as A, D, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Minerals including iron, sodium, and chloride. Also, some cat foods incorporate carbohydrates, which are digestible and offer energy.
Reading a Cat Food Label
Cat food companies are required to put particular information on their labels, like ingredients in descending order of weight, and guaranteed analysis, which tells you minimum and maximum amount of nutrients like fats, protein, and fiber.
Look for the nutritional adequacy STment, which reveals whether the food is intended for an adult cat or a kitten.
Labels have feeding instructions, but they're a guideline and not "one size fits all." Your vet's advice takes lead.
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 called "chicken dinner" (or chicken formula) can be anywhere between 25 and 95 percent chicken.
In any case, look at nutrients in addition to ingredients. After all, nutrition is what your cat needs.
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ShakaPaw for All Your Pet Care Supplies
In Sandpoint ID, ShakaPaw is your main office not only for cat food but for whatever you need for your pet. We carry a great collection of major brands and our educated staff is eager to answer your questions and help you choose the best food for your cat. Drop into our store, visit us at https://shakapaw.com or call (208) 263-8899 for all your pet's needs.