How to Read Cat Food Labels
Eight Tips for Deciphering Cat Food Names and Claims
By Kelli Miller Stacy
Reviewed by Drew Weigner, DVM
Choosing a cat food sounds like it would be a simple task. Yet, stroll down the pet food aisle and suddenly you're faced with an overwhelming number of choices packaged in a box or bag or can or pouch -- with catchy claims, flashy names, and, in some cases, a list of ingredients that requires a PhD to decipher.
So how do you make sense of it all and choose the best product for your finicky feline? We asked experts at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, the Pet Food Institute, and Thompson's Pet Tech for some advice.
Tip No. 1: Learn the Label Lingo
As with human food, what appears on a cat food label is strictly regulated by the U.S. government. Regardless of packaging, all cat foods must provide the same information on their labels.
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