Many industry experts believe that maintaining a balanced diet of wet and dry food is the most beneficial approach for cats and their overall well-being.
According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 74 percent of cat owners feed their cats dry food more often than any other type of cat food. And APPA also states that the percentage of cats that are overweight or obese, 15 percent, has not changed since 2010.
It’s no secret that cats are a finicky bunch, which can make it a challenge to provide them a healthy diet. Pet food manufacturers thus face a daunting task to create a formula that will satisfy both their nutritional needs as well as their picky nature.
The ingredients in a cat’s food should be simple. It is important for dry food to have ingredients and nutrients that wet food does not offer. That means dry food options should address the dietary, nutritional needs of all cat types.
Dry food for cats should be low in carbohydrate content, emphasize species-appropriate animal protein over plant protein and be free of artificial ingredients that are harmful to cats. But dry food options should still be just as healthy, natural and delicious as its wet food counterparts. These dry food products offer wholesome and fresh ingredients, such as real, raw meat, potatoes and eggs, and provide the natural, delicious taste of the wild that cats love and need for a healthy lifestyle.
The dry cat food category has seen several new trends hit the market in recent years as manufacturers respond to customers’ desires for varieties containing higher protein, dedicated to a natural diet or targeting specific life stages.
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Chicken au Frommage for Cats
Formulated for a cat’s specific nutritional needs and inspired by French cuisine, Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Chicken au Frommage for cats is a grain-free entrée featuring high-quality cuts of chicken blended with cheese, lentils, peas, eggs, sweet potatoes. Designed to be complimentary, the recipe can be rotated with any of the other seven Fromm Four-Star entrées.
ORIJEN Six Fish and Regional Red
ORIJEN Six Fish and Regional Red cat food recipes provide Biologically Appropriate nutrition for all breeds and life stages. Both diets are made with two-thirds fresh or raw meat and fish proteins in WholePrey ratios that include meat, organs, bones and cartilage. These nutrient dense ingredients serve a cat’s requirement for a protein-rich diet.
Solid Gold Dry Cat Food
Packed with protein and healthy fiber, Solid Gold Let’s Stay In Indoor Chicken, Lentil & Apple Recipe Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is made with real chicken and wholesome veggies. Formulated with a unique blend of superfoods including blueberries, celery, beets, watercress, spinach, dried chicory root, and broccoli, it’s designed to bring out the best in your pal. Since it’s high in fermentable fiber and lower in calories, it also helps to naturally reduce hairballs and maintain a healthy weight.
IAMS High Protein Cat Food
IAMS High Protein cat food is designed with real chicken as the first ingredient, a high concentration of chicken and salmon for healthy vitality and no soy, artificial preservatives or dyes. It has 84 percent animal protein, helping to satisfy cats’ carnivorous needs and fuel their bodies. It is available in 3-, 6- and 13-pound bags.
The grain-free, protein-rich Merrick Backcountry line meets the dietary needs and wild cravings of carnivorous cats. Like all Merrick recipes, Merrick Backcountry is made in the United States and contains no ingredients from China. The high-protein kibble starts with real deboned meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient. It’s grain-free with no gluten ingredients.
Feline Sustain No. 29
After success with its canine formula, Annamaet Sustain, Annamaet Petfoods has created a feline version, Feline Sustain No. 29. Feline Sustain No. 29 is again MSC certified, containing two certified sustainable sources of fish. It is a grain-free, fresh meat formula with added prebiotics as well as natural antioxidants from turmeric, blueberry and cranberries.
Tiki Cat Born Carnivore for Kittens Food
This protein-heavy meal for kittens is made from real chicken combined with highly digestible egg and nutrient-packed chicken liver for superior palatability. The grain-free chicken and egg luau flavor includes Omegas -6 and -3 from salmon oil and flaxseeds, as well as pumpkin to support digestion.
Lovingly Simple LID Pet Food
I and love and you has crafted a line of limited ingredient (LID) dry pet food. The new recipe features a short list of only the most wholesome ingredients for dogs and cats with sensitivities. Lovingly Simple is available in a Lamb & Sweet Potato or Whitefish & Sweet Potato recipe for dogs and Salmon & Sweet Potato for cats.
Health Extension Grain Free Food
Health Extension’s grain-free line for cats is crafted with super premium ingredients, like organic and fresh animal proteins that are grass fed, free range and wild caught, plus ingredients to boost the immune system, like coconut oil, turmeric and bovine colostrum, to enhance the overall nutritional benefits for pets.