How does your cat food compare? | PetStore Kenya, Nairobi

How does your cat food compare?

 

View/Download Cat Food Comparison Chart 2020

We understand that there are small variances among brands of cat food. For this comparison chart, the following specific cat food products were used and the information was taken from the manufacturer’s website or product packaging:

  • Royal Canin: Adult Fit32
  • Spectrum: Adult Delicate32
  • Reflex Plus: Adult Hairball
  • Reflex: Adult Chicken
  • Bonnie: Adult Cocktail
  • Proline: Adult Fish
  • King: Adult Fish
  • Lara: Adult Beef
  • Snappy Tom: Adult Ocean fish with vegetables
  • Josi Cat: Adult Poultry
  • Bewi Cat: Adult Poultry

 

Grading Criteria

Animal Protein as First Ingredient

International labeling standards state that the list of ingredients must be in the order of proportion. Having animal protein as the first ingredient means that the highest proportion ingredient in the food is in fact animal protein. Cats are obligate carnivores so animal protein is the most important component of a cat’s diet

Multiple Animal-Based Proteins

Certain cats prefer certain protein sources, once you find a brand your cat likes, it’s good to have options of protein sources

Greater than 30% protein

Protein is the most important and one of the more expensive ingredients in dry cat food. The higher the protein the better. There are certain health conditions whereby a lower protein content is better – consult a vet for more information

Omega 3 & 6 Fats

Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids are important for the cat’s eyes, skin and nails, these fats can be derived from either flaxseed oil or fish oils.

Animal-based Omega 3 & 6 Fats

Omega 3 & 6 fats from animal sources are more bioavailable than from vegetable sources. I.e. The cat can absorb more of these essential oils. Oils from fish fat are better than flaxseed. The most superior source of omega 3 & 6 is actually Krill Oil (or Qrill oil)

Prebiotics and Probiotics

In order to ensure proper digestion, good gut bacteria is essential (probiotics). These good bacteria need a source of food (prebiotics) and these usually come in the form of indigestible fibers otherwise known as polysaccharides. Examples include fructooligosaccharides and mannanoligosaccharides

Immune Boosters

Immune boosters ensure that your cat stays healthy. The most common immune boosters in dry cat food are brewer’s yeast and beta-glucan

Dehydrated / Hydrolyzed Protein

Dehydrated protein means actual mean that is simply dehydrated then compressed into a kibble – yes! actual non processed meat. Hydrolyzed proteins are proteins that are broken down into amino acids and peptides – these are the most absorbable type of protein molecule and are particularly useful when dealing with food intolerances or protein intolerances

Gluten Free Option

Some cats have a gluten intolerance. A gluten-free option is useful for cats with this issue.

Botanicals

Botanicals are added to dry food to boost the cat’s health and vitality in various ways. Examples include citrus bioflavonoids for extra antioxidant protection, curcumin for anti-inflammation and joint health and rosemary for keeping bugs away

No Animal Derivatives or By-Products

Animal derivatives and by-products are parts of the animal carcass that are not actual meat, e.g. skin, blood, fur, etc. anything that can be classified as a protein. These products are generally regarded as less preferable for animals to eat compared to actual meat or organs.

 

 

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