Standard vs. Premium Cat Foods

Some cat food manufacturers label their foods as "premium." What earns this pet food distinction?

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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standard vs premium cat foodIf we compare the guaranteed analysis statement on the labels of standard and premium cat food products, a few differences are noticeable. Slightly higher concentrations of protein and the presence of animal-source ingredients at the top of the ingredients list suggest that premium cat foods might be more palatable and have a higher protein digestibility than standard cat food products. Also, quality can vary and manufacturers can specify that the ingredients they use meet specific analytical criteria. This can also affect digestibility. Higher concentrations of fat in premium cat foods will also increase palatability as well as overall dry-matter digestibility.

Higher digestibility and increased caloric density of premium cat foods mean the nutritional needs of cats are met by feeding smaller amounts of premium food compared with standard food. This may offset the greater expense of premium cat food products. But the increased palatability and caloric density mean that owners must monitor food intake, because cats are more likely to overeat when fed premium products.

It's difficult to say definitively whether premiumcat  foods will make a major difference in the health, happiness and longevity of your cat. Owners must choose a food based on what they believe is best for their cat.

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dayna    easton, PA

3/15/2012 7:43:41 AM

great article, very informative

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/28/2011 6:18:04 AM

good article, thanks

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/24/2011 6:17:56 AM

good article, thanks very much

belinda    baltimore, MD

11/18/2010 11:07:33 PM

I feed mine authority kitten wet and dry is this good thanx

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