How to Read Cat Food Labels (cont.)

Tip No. 8: Premium May Just Mean Pricey

Buyer Beware: The FDA says cat foods flaunting terms such as "premium" or "ultra-premium" are not required to be made of any better or healthier ingredients than a regular complete and balanced cat food. The words may, however, mean that the product contains food sources that are more digestible. This may or may not be a good thing for your cat. Ask your veterinarian if your cat needs more or less volume in the diet before choosing a premium food.Buyer Beware: The FDA says cat foods flaunting terms such as "premium" or "ultra-premium" are not required to be made of any better or healthier ingredients than a regular complete and balanced cat food. The words may, however, mean that the product contains food sources that are more digestible. This may or may not be a good thing for your cat. Ask your veterinarian if your cat needs more or less volume in the diet before choosing a premium food.

SOURCES:

ASPCA web site, “Cat Care”.

HealthyPet.com web site, “Your Cat's Eating Habits”.

The Pet Food Institute web site, “Pet Nutrition”.

Web Vet web site, "Understanding Pet Food Labels".

Defend Our Pets web site, “Home Page”.