Many cats are “addicted” to dry food, which is a problem when the food they are fed is of poor quality and low nutritional value. The good news is that many cat food manufacturers are incorporating the importance of healthy cat nutrition into their dry foods.

In an effort to get our cats to eat a healthier diet, many of us face a hurdle in getting them away from commercial dry food. Cats who have eaten dry food all their lives tend to be especially reluctant to try something new, especially if it’s not dry food. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. A growing number of pet food manufacturers are producing high-quality meat-based dry cat foods that offer a much higher nutritional content than the cheap dry foods found in grocery stores. Let’s take a look at what’s on the market.

The evolution toward better nutrition

Thanks to consumer demand for healthier foods and improved manufacturing technology, many dry cat foods have come a long way in recent years and are much healthier and more nutritious than ever before. But there are still poor quality dry cat foods on the market. So be smart about what you buy to make sure your cat is well fed.

Read product labels. The best dry foods contain ingredients such as real meat, fish oil, fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, with no grains, soy, cheap by-products or fillers. Vague terms like “animal fat” and “poultry by-product meal,” which can encompass a wide range of often questionable ingredients, are red flags.

High-quality ingredients

High-quality kibble is also free of all those synthetic colors and flavors, because they don’t need them! They are also more nutrient dense and digestible. And because they contain fewer cheap ingredients, such as corn gluten, they have fewer omega-6 fatty acids, which, consumed in large amounts, can contribute to inflammatory problems such as allergies and arthritis.

Importantly, a growing number of these new and improved dry foods are choosing their ingredients more carefully and turning to local farms rather than importing them from countries where food quality standards are much lower than in North America. Some go even further to make sure their ingredients are non-GMO, organic or humanely raised.

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