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Diet & Nutrition

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Choosing the Right Cat Food

Choosing the Right Cat Food

When choosing a food for your pet, it’s important to consider many factors, from your cat’s age to her size to any special dietary needs she might have – and that’s just the beginning.


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Consider Your Cat's Life Stage

Consider Your Cat's Life Stage

KITTEN

At this key developmental stage in a cat’s life, your kitten needs special nutritional requirements that include DHA to support proper vision and brain development.

ADULT

Our foods contain nutrient and energy levels designed to help keep your cat in ideal body condition when fed properly, with a glossy coat and plenty of energy.


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Trying a New Food? Guidelines for a Healthy Transition

Trying a New Food? Guidelines for a Healthy Transition

BEFORE YOU START

It’s always best to transition your cat’s diet slowly to avoid potential stomach upset and allow your cat’s digestive system to adjust to any new ingredients.

DAYS 1-2

Introduce your new food to your cat in small amounts, still primarily feeding her the old food.

DAYS 3-5

Feed a little bit more of the new food to your cat each day.

DAYS 6-7 (UP TO 10)

Gradually increase the amount of the new food and decrease your cat’s former food until you are feeding the new food exclusively.


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Special Needs

Special Needs

If your cat has any of the following special needs, talk to your veterinarian about available products to cater to these needs:

  • Hairballs
  • Urinary Health
  • Sensitive Skin and Stomach
  • Indoor or Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Weight Management
  • Diabetes

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Reading a Pet Food Label

Reading a Pet Food Label

Navigating the countless options in the pet food section of your favourite store can be confusing. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started in making informed decisions when selecting the food that’s right for your pet.

The label on pet food usually contains the following information:

PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION

This section contains a branded name, like Purina CAT CHOW, along with an indication of the primary ingredient or a formula name such as chicken and rice.

NET WEIGHT STATEMENT

This indicates how much food is contained in the bag or can.

MANUFACTURER’S NAME AND ADDRESS

This provides the manufacturers details.


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INGREDIENT LIST

INGREDIENT LIST

INGREDIENT LIST

Just like human food, the ingredients are listed in descending order of content weight. Further down the list, you’ll see many scientific names that correspond to vitamins and minerals.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

AAFCO Guidelines recommend a minimum level of certain nutrients. The guaranteed analysis shows the pet food’s minimum or maximum of essential nutrients.

NUTRITIONAL ADEQUACY STATEMENT

To substantiate claims, pet food must be complete and balanced to meet or exceed the standards of an established profile, or be proven to meet certain nutritional recommendations.


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FEEDING DIRECTIONS

FEEDING DIRECTIONS

FEEDING DIRECTIONS

Follow these instructions to determine how much food to feed your pet each day. These are just guidelines, and you may need to increase or decrease the amount of food you feed to help maintain your pets ideal body condition.

CALORIE STATEMENT

This is expressed as a kilocalorie per kilogram basis. It may also be expressed as a common unit of measure, such as kilocalories per cup. This information will help you get a handle on the differences between dry pet food brands.

OTHER LABEL CLAIMS

It’s important to know how to navigate the information contained in a pet food label. Just know that any time you choose a complete pet food from Purina, you can be confident that youve selected a pet food that provides complete and balanced nutrition.