A Look at Gourmet Cat FoodCredit: http://all4women.co.za/at-home/pets/sheba-win.html
Today we are going to take a look at gourmet cat food and why it has become so popular. In recent years the role of the cat and the dog in the family has been changing. Whereas at one time they were considered simply as ratters or protectors or whatever their role, they are now often considered as part of the family. This means that people are concerned with their health and what they are eating.
Nutritional RequirementsCredit: http://ateenagegourmet.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/chicken-liver-pate/
Cats are obligate carnivores, this means that they need to eat meat. Moist food has been shown to be better for cats in general because there are a number of health problems associated with dry food, including a tendency towards obesity and consequently Diabetes. This is not necessarily because dry food is unhealthy, rather it is because it is not given properly. It is too common to allow the cat to eat as much as he or she wants.
It is important to do your research and make sure that what you are providing covers the cat's nutritional needs. Just because the label says that it is gourmet does not necessarily mean that it is balanced and adequate for your cat's stage in life. In general, you want to look at the ingredients list. One of the first items should be a meat, meat by product or seafood. Also, remember to check the validation date.
Dry versus CannedCredit: http://www.fancyfeast.com/dry-cat-food/filet-mignon-flavor-with-real-seafood-shrimp/
Dry food has a tendency to have more starch and carbohydrates than canned food and, of course, a far smaller moisture content. It is normal for dry cat ration to contain 6 to 10% moisture content whereas canned cat food has at least 75%. This is closer to the "natural food" or prey that the cat would eat in nature.
Gourmet Cat Food Brands
There are a number of gourmet cat food brands available, including Fancy Feast, Purina, Solid Gold, Wells Pet Food, Petite Cuisine, and Blue Buffalo, just to name a few. Each has its own price range. I did a bit of research on prices on Amazon.com and though the prices are subject to change, it will give you a good idea what to expect.
Blue BuffaloCredit: http://www.thecatconnection.com/cats/blue-buffalo-dry-cat-food.html
24 cans of the Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Flaked Turkey Entree Canned Cat Food costs $35.99. This is the average price for 24 3-ounce cans of gourmet cat food in a variety of flavours including flaked tuna, sliced chicken, flaked salmon and sliced turkey.
Fancy FeastCredit: http://fancyfeastcatfoodcoupons.com/saving-more-with-fancy-feast-cat-food-coupons/
There are a lot of options to choose from on Amazon.com and a lot of flavour choices including the Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, 3-Flavor Grilled Variety Pack (Beef, Turkey and Chicken), 3-ounce cans (Pack of 24) for $13.86. This flavour is a little cheaper than others, the average is around $15.19 for a pack of 24 cans. Other flavours include Turkey Florentine in Sauce with Garden Greends, Tender Beef & Chicken Feast, Chunky Chicken Feast, Classic Beef Feast, Grilled Chicken Feast in Gravy among many, many more.
Petite CuisineCredit: http://www.petitecuisine.com/
Petite Cuisine offers such flavours as Steamed Tune and Sole, Steamed Tuna and Shrimp, Sesame Chicken Entree and Chicken Pot Pie. Their Petite Cuisine Red Snapper and Yellow Fin, 4 count 3-Ounce cans (Pack of 6) goes for $27.50).
You will also need to take into consideration flavour. I know my cats refuse to eat certain flavours. Surprisingly fish is one of these flavours, but they love meat or turkey. If your cat refuses to eat something, you do not need to give up on that brand name, try a different flavour first. Gourmet cat food is a good option for your cat.