So, cats are very popular as pets in India.
Having a pet cat comes with great responsibility. They need special care, especially if they are kittens.
Cat owners are always worried about choosing the best foods for their cats. Whether they should go for pure homemade foods (not always possible)? Or should they directly buy from Amazon (a lot of bad products there too)?
Here in this article, our experts have written in detail about all types of cat foods available online, the best among them, and how to choose them.
Table of Contents
- Types of cat foods
- Cats’ Basic Nutritional Needs
- Top Cat Food Brands in India
- Dry cat food vs wet cat food
- How to shop best cat foods?
- Best wet food for cats
- Additional Resources
Types of cat foods
Based on the cat’s age, nutritional levels, preferences, etc., there are a variety of cat foods available in the market.
Wet Cat Food
Wet cat foods are best for any cat. They contain highly nutritious elements with sufficient moisture. These are ideal for ill and/or weak cats.
Semi-Dry Cat Food
These cat foods contain 50-60% moisture and are very high in salt and sugar, which is not so healthy for cats. They contain preservatives and can only use occasionally, for recreation or rewards.
Dry Cat Food
Totally dry cat foods serve as supplementary to regular foods, something for them to take small bites. But, don’t make it their only food as they are not nutritious at all. Treat them as fast foods.
Kittens need the most amounts of nutrients because they grow so fast! Also, foods must be wet and soft to make them easy for them to chew and digest. Kitten foods also contain a fair amount of amino acids.
Homemade Cat Food
The best food that can be fed to your cats. All you need is a source of protein (chicken, salmon, etc.), carbohydrates (rice, oatmeal, barley, etc.), fiber (sweet potato), and fat(vegetable oil, fish oil, etc.).
Complete Cat Food
Scientifically formulated to provide your cat with all the nutrients required, all in the right proportions, it is usually formulated with high amounts of carbohydrates and proteins, along with taurine and Vitamin A for building the immune system, maintaining the eye, and heart health.
Cats’ Basic Nutritional Needs
Surely you have read this term everywhere else-Cats are obligate carnivores. They require
- Protein from a named meat, fish, or poultry source
- Taurine, an essential amino acid
- Certain other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids
- NOT cow milk
Top Cat Food Brands in India
They have a large variety of cat foods, ranging from wet food to dry food for both adult cats and kittens. Their price is very affordable and comes in packets of various sizes.
Read our detailed review of Whiskas Cat food in India.
A very good product that mainly includes fish and chicken. Me-O provides both dry and wet types of cat foods. They are one of the few brands to have a targeted product range for Persian cats and kittens.
We have written a review of Me-O cat food.
They provide all types of cat foods for cats of all age groups e.g. 0-1 years, 1-7 years, 7-11 years, and 11+. They also have targeted products for different breeds of cats. This brand is often ranked best in cat food-related subreddits.
Read our review of Royal Canin cat food.
The Meat up brand specializes in foods for adult cats and puts higher taurine than any other brands out there. They provide food for all types of cats. Variations include seafood and poultry.
They specialize in only dry cat foods (kibbles), but arguably the brand that polarizes opinions the most. Some like them, some don’t.
Read our detailed review on Purepet cat foods
Bellotta makes specially formulated cat gourmet fat and is designed to satisfy the taste buds of your cat. They also promote natural oil production in their foods for a shiny fur coat and mainly formulate wet cat food.
Purina is known to formulate the most flavored cat food in the country. They predominantly make dry cat food or kibbles and promote muscle building and strengthening.
Kennel Kitchen is a company that focuses on bringing the best out of organic ingredients, such as taurine from fishes, and keeping the food grain-free so that it is usable for all breeds. They also have a kibbles option, if you’re not into wet food.
Drools cat food
Drools make products for the overall development of your cats, giving importance to the heart and kidney functioning and providing a heavy fur coat.
Read our review of Drools cat food.
Dry cat food vs wet cat food
Dry cat food is a popular choice partly because it is more convenient than wet cat food. Dry food is cost-effective, odorless, and it can be stored for long periods of time without spoiling.
Dry cat food can also be higher in carbohydrates than wet cat food.
Wet food requires a bit more effort — it has to be refrigerated once the can or pouch is opened — and can be more expensive. But it may also help cats get more water in their diet (and the smell might encourage a picky cat to eat).
How to shop best cat foods?
Cats do not need carbohydrates, although corn, wheat, and rice are used as fillers for both canned and dry cat foods. Other ingredients, such as binders, flavoring, and coloring, are added by cat food manufacturers to satisfy the aesthetic wants of the consumer. Although preservatives are necessary, to keep foods fresh for our cats, canned food should not be allowed to remain out for any length of time, in any case.
Start with a nutritionally balanced diet. Since cats are carnivores, meat is a key component of achieving a balanced diet.
The foods should contain enough animal-source ingredients to provide essential amino acids and fatty acids.
Cats must get nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D from other ingredients.
Check out cat foods with natural whole ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and high-quality carbohydrates like rice, oats, or potatoes.
Best wet food for cats
The best option always is making homemade foods for cats. If you can’t do that, you can choose these alternative options.
- Bellotta Wet Food for Cats and Kittens
- Purepet Adult Cat Food
- Sheba Premium Wet Cat Food
- Nestle Friskies Seafood Sensations
- Farmina Pet Foods N&D Quinoa Skin and Coat Dry 4.1/5
- Me-O Fins Fur and Feathers Creamy The Cat Food That Reward