Dry cat food: explained

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Dry cat food is a popular choice amongst cat owners thanks to its longer shelf-life. Available in different shapes and sizes, cat kibble caters for a variety of dietary requirements – even if you have multiple cats to feed. However, this can make it trickier to find the best dry cat food for your feline friend. We’re here to help.

Life stage diets

It’s important to feed your feline an appropriate diet for their age. Here, we run through kitten, adult, and mature/senior dry cat food, as well as grain free.

Kitten dry food

Specially formulated for younger cats, kitten food contains all of the nutrients, protein, and fat that your little one needs. Dry kitten food allows kittens to ‘free feed’ as they’re easing into their new home, giving them the freedom to snack on their food whenever they please.

Adult dry cat food

Once your cat has progressed through their childhood and teenage years, they are considered fully grown – from about 12 months old. Adult cat foods are usually designed to maintain lean body weight, a glossy coat and healthy joints. Some are more advanced and offer other benefits, such as hairball control and teeth cleaning.

Mature/senior dry cat food

Yep, these exist, too! Just like people, as cats get older, they are more likely to develop some age-related health conditions, such as arthritis, kidney problems and digestive troubles. You should be feeding your cat a mature cat food from 7+ years old and a senior food from 11+ years to support them during their golden years. The packet usually indicates the age from when you can feed these types of foods.

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Grain free cat food

Pet parents might choose to go down the grain free cat food route for many reasons, one of which being their cat has a grain allergy. The vast majority of hypoallergenic cat food (which we discuss in detail below) is grain free too, but that might not always be the best cat diet for you. If you’re looking for something that excludes grain but doesn’t necessarily exclude other allergens, grain free cat food might be an option for your feline friend. Give Lily’s Kitchen cat food a go or Arden Grange cat food can cater for your kitty.

Special diets

Depending on your cat’s individual needs, they may be better suited to a veterinary diet. Your vet will be able to point you in the right direction. Whether your cat suffers from a certain health condition or they struggle to maintain a healthy weight, your vet will recommend an appropriate diet.

Hypoallergenic cat food

Just like us humans, our feline friends can struggle when it comes to specific ingredients. If your cat has a sensitive stomach, your vet may advise that hypoallergenic cat food should be your go-to option. A wide range of James Wellbeloved cat food is naturally hypoallergenic, catering for more sensitive stomachs. Alongside being one approach to feeding cats with sensitive stomachs, hypoallergenic cat food can make for shinier fur, healthier skin, and better breath.

Low calorie cat food

When it comes to dry cat food, it can sometimes be more difficult for your furry friend to maintain a healthy weight. Cat owners can sometimes stray from feeding guidelines, feeding their kitty an amount that’s not appropriate for their size. If this is a concern of yours, your vet can help you determine how much you should be feeding. If the amount is not the problem and your cat is still not losing weight, then they may advise a low calorie cat food. Some of these are even purposefully designed to boost metabolism, helping to address their weight management in a healthy way. It’s important for your cat to keep their weight down, as carrying too much can lead to serious health conditions. Why not ask your vet if they recommend any of these Hills Weight Management foods?

Top tip:

Like any other kitty diet, hydration is key; no matter which type of dry food is best for your cat. From water fountains to cat bowls, it’s important to serve up their dinner with a large helping of water.

Our articles are not a replacement for face-to-face vet advice. It’s important to consult with your vet on a regular basis to raise any pet concerns that you may have.

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