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3 Best cat food brands for a healthy cat

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Any pet owner wants to keep their pet healthy and happy. If you have a dog, you know this means taking them for walks, playing fetch or tug-of-war, and plenty of socialization. Cats are a totally different story. Some felines like to play with string or a mouse toy, but for the most part, cats spend their time sleeping or grooming. They’re not active creatures, so how do you keep them healthy? One of the best things you can do for your kitty is make sure they have a healthy source of food.

Many cat foods contain fillers, preservatives, by-products, and artificial flavorings (translation: it’s not real food). When choosing a food, you should look for real meat and proteins, real ingredients, and none of the above-mentioned stuff. If you stayed in bed all day and only ate cheeseburgers, you wouldn’t be healthy either, so why give your cat unhealthy chow? Besides, a healthier cat is a happier cat, and when they feel good, they will be more active and playful. It’s a win-win all around. So check out the following brands of cat food below and give your feline friend the best option for their age, breed, etc. They deserve it.

Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food

This brand is made in Canada, and uses locally sourced meats that are fresh (never frozen). Their formula is 80% meat and 20% fruits and vegetables, giving your felines plenty of protein. Turkey, chicken, wild-caught fish and eggs make up the eighty percent. While cats are carnivores, the addition of fruits and veggies provides other nutrients and vitamins that a cat would get naturally in the wild. Since cats are domesticated now, they’re missing out on those nutrients. Aside from the good ingredients, this brand has omega fatty acids that will boost your cat’s immune and nervous systems, as well as aid in a smoother, shinier coat.

Halo

Does your cat/kitten suffer from allergies? This could be caused by grain in their diet. Choose a grain-free formula such as Halo when selecting their food. The meat and veggies inside are all-natural, with no preservatives or artificial flavors. There is also no corn, grain or soy in the formula, which aids in the allergy relief and also helps with the cat’s digestion. Further, Halo’s food contains the same fatty acids as in Orijen, so it will also give your cat a healthier immune system and prettier coat.

Nature’s Variety Instinct Wet Cat Food

It’s difficult to find a natural wet food that doesn’t contain additives or thickeners (carrageen, specifically), but wet food is usually easier on a cat’s stomach. What’s a pet owner to do? Try Nature’s Variety. The ratio in this food is 95% protein and 5% fruits and vegetables. It is grain and gluten free, so it addresses the issues mentioned in the Halo section, as well. When choosing a cat food, it’s important to look at the first five ingredients on the nutrition label. In Nature’s Variety’s case, the first five are: chicken, turkey, chicken broth, chicken liver, and ground flaxseed. You will also see that it has montmorillonite clay. This is an all-natural anti-caking ingredient, and is full of minerals that will benefit your cat.

Kaitlyn is a graduate from Lee University and is a staff editor for R.H. Boyd Publishing. She enjoys travel, books and penguins. When she's not working, she dreams of seeing the world.