Recently, among pet owners, when it comes to industrial feed, the topic of cat food classes is often raised. And the majority, as it turns out, has a very vague idea of the classification of feed, limited to templates from the series - economy class is poison for the animal, premium means good, super premium is just fine. Well, if the canvas, then hoo. What hint to concretize no one can. Let’s try to understand the issue of the cat food class: their features and differences.
The name of the class of food for cats "economy" speaks for itself. These are the most inexpensive, and therefore the most low-quality feed. Everything is true and logical. But are they so bad? There are masses of myths about such feeds, starting from the fact that special additives are used for getting used to it (after all, supposedly in the right mind the animal will not eat it), ending with a banal excuse that it is poison.
Let's be constructive and face the truth. Economy food for cats is definitely not poison, and with all its desire, the manufacturer cannot add “secret” powders to the food for the attractiveness of taste and addiction. Information on the contents of the packaging of any product on the territory of the Russian Federation is an extremely important obligation of any manufacturer and if he finds at least some component that doesn’t belong there, he threatens him with at least the recall of all products, huge fines, not to mention the hopelessly damaged reputation. After all, the economy category in this sense is always under the “special control” of the public in one form or another — give only an excuse.
Composition and prices
What about the composition? After all, this is a key issue. In the production of full-nutrition balanced nutrition for cats, the manufacturer always has a choice between the price of the goods and the quality of the products. And speaking of the economy segment, the manufacturer is guided by the following principle:
- Ensure full ration of food (that is, eating only him a cat will receive all the nutrients necessary for a healthy life)
- Ensure good feed eatability (after all, if you make food only from corn, not a single cat will eat it)
- Provide an affordable price on the shelf. But at the price we will dwell in more detail.
How can you reduce the price when viewed in terms of feed composition?
- Buy cheaper raw materials
- To develop a recipe in which the composition will be full-rationed, but at the same time with a minimum content of “expensive calories” - meat.
- Buy cheaper feed packaging.
Here the answer lies, why is the economy class food for cats really economy. If we talk about the procurement of raw materials, by-products of lower quality are purchased (that is, not the stomach, but the ears, for example, or worse). If we talk about the recipe, then the composition will be dominated by cereals. The same thing with packaging, which also has its significance - because its tightness and integrity are extremely important for maintaining product quality.
It is important to understand that one of the serious criteria for assessing the class of feed is the cost of the "conditional protein" in the feed. The more it is, the cat eats up faster, the less food is needed. In economy feed, there is little protein, cats eat up worse, and on average more is required. Therefore, the savings in a sense are imaginary - if you are really scrupulous in approaching this issue, then you need to take a calculator and consider that it is more profitable.
There are also unscrupulous manufacturers who do not care about cats at all and add dyes, flavors, preservatives, etc. to the composition. Read the composition - everything is always there.
The following brands can be attributed to economy class feed for cats:
These are the most famous representatives of this class. Also, as a guide, you can take the price on a shelf. If a spider is cheaper than 20p = consider that it is an economy.
Perhaps, it makes no sense to dwell on the premium class for cats for a long time. Why? In essence, this is a rather blurry class in terms of positioning. Yes, the feed seems to be more expensive. And in advertising they tell us that the feed is special, but in essence there are few differences from the economy class. But! They, of course, are:
- As a rule, a wider selection of textures and types of feed packaging. This is important, because cats, as you know, for the most part are still gourmets and cannot eat the same thing for a long time. Need variety, even in textures.
- There are definitely no preservatives, dyes or other unnecessary “chemistry”.
- As a rule, the composition is better balanced in terms of the ratio of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and other components.
- As a rule, higher-quality offal and a wider range of flavors are used.
List of the most common brands of premium cat food:
- Perfect fit
- Purina one
- Dr. Clauder
In the store, as a guideline, premium poultry cat food will cost in the range from 20 to 40 rubles.
Super premium food for cats is the most common food in pet stores in Russia, as well as in professional online stores. Why do sellers have such an increased focus on this class? Everything is simple - they are expensive and they are of high quality. That provides good earnings and grateful buyers.
How does this class of cat food compare favorably with premium food? Let's figure it out:
- Super premium brands often have pedigree, therapeutic and dietary lines. After all, healthy eating in this class is put at the forefront.
- The composition uses only the highest quality offal, a minimum of cereal (or their absence - grain free), an excellent balance of vitamins, minerals and other components and, naturally, the absence of preservatives and other "chemistry".
- The special structure of the pellets in dry feed is most conveniently suitable for the teeth of the whiskers.
- As a rule, the best combination of quantity of protein vs price. That is, it is in this category that the food is most nutritious, and it is faster enough to saturate cats.
- The best packaging available.
The most popular brands of super premium cat food include:
- Royal Canin
So, the most mysterious class of cat food of all is holistic. Everyone speaks about him breathlessly, but few can clearly find real from super-premium cat food. It’s not because it’s complicated, but rather because there are really no significant differences, except for the price. Key differences from super premium cat food:
- Detailed composition display - with a clear name of the source of protein, carbohydrates, fats. In practice, the pack will clearly indicate which animal the offal is from, which also applies to the carbohydrate and fat component.
- The exclusion of gluten from the composition. (although in many even economy feeds it is not).
- Price, they cost an order of magnitude more expensive.
Which manufacturers produce holistic-class cat food? Evo, Innova, Acana, Felidae, Eagle Pack Holistic.
What to look for when choosing feed
Be sure to study the composition. The less impurities, dyes, preservatives, and cereal / soy additives in it, the better. The closer to the beginning of the list the name of the product, the higher its content in this feed. What else should I look for when choosing a feed?
|Look for the abbreviation AAFCO||It testifies that this product not only passed the necessary tests of the American Association for Feed Quality Control, but also that the nutrients in this product are balanced. That is, the use of such food will provide your pet with everything necessary and without "feeding" natural food.|
|Protein (its nature)||If you saw the word “protein” in the composition, then look if the manufacturer is explaining which protein he is using. And also whether there are percentages of its content. Conscientious manufacturers, who care about not only profit, but also buyers themselves, will always indicate the percentage and species of this protein.|
|Feed amount||Check how much feed you need to give your pet. The smaller this figure, the more high-quality goods in your hands. High nutritional value of the food will provide your pet with the necessary energy.|
|Composition||Avoid products in which you find bone meal, a large number of cereals or soy (they should not exceed half the diet), many different colors and preservatives. Give preference to those foods, which include not only vitamins (in particular E and C), but also liver, fish. So you provide your pet with iron and phosphorus, which are necessary for its skeletal and circulatory systems.|
Pay attention to expiration dates, as well as where and how the food was stored.