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Everything you need to know about natural cat food

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With so many different pet food products on the market, it can be hard to know what’s best for your kitty. Need some inspiration? Check out our top 5 natural cat food brands.

By Alice Lang

Unconditional love, the fluffiest cuddles and hilarious moments? Your cat makes your life better and becomes a valued member of the family. It’s important to feed them the right diet so you can ensure they stay happy, healthy and live a long and satisfying life.

But with so many cat food gracing the shelves of our pet shops and filling our computer screens, it’s near impossible to figure out what food is actually best for your kitty.

Well, there’s one thing for sure - the more natural, the better!

Unnatural cat foods which are full of additives, preservatives and processed ingredients can damage your cat’s long term health. Considering we want as many cuddles as possible, nobody wants that - right?

So, on that note, let’s talk about natural cat food and how it could benefit your little feline friend. Plus, we’ll be sharing our top 5 best brands of natural cat food in the UK for you to pick from - you can thank us later...

What is natural cat food?

In terms of pet food, the word ‘natural’ basically means food which is made of plant or animal ingredients which have not been produced via a synthetic or chemical process.

Still, not all natural cats foods come equal. It’s important to read the label before you pick your cat food brand. You should still be looking for a named protein source (that means ‘chicken’ or ‘turkey’ rather than ‘meat’), quality carbohydrates such as green peas or sweet potatoes, and a named fat source (‘chicken fat’ rather than ‘animal fat’)

If the ingredients seem vague or non-specific, the brand is probably best avoided - even if it does claim to be natural.

Benefits of natural cat food

“What’s the point of picking a more expensive, natural cat food?” - yep, we hear you! Well, it turns out there’s a hefty list of benefits to opting for natural cat food for your pet. Here are some of the best:

  • A longer life expectancy
  • A healthier lifestyle
  • Minimized digestive problems
  • Increased energy
  • Easier weight-management
  • Lesser chance of allergies
  • Higher resistance to disease
  • Reduced joint inflammation
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Less food needed per serving (so the cost evens out in the end!)

Top 5 natural cat food brands

Lily’s Kitchen

When it comes to natural cat food, you can’t really go wrong with Lily’s Kitchen. Their entire brand is focused on producing food which is made from natural, wholesome ingredients which help to keep your kitty in tip-top condition.

They’re extremely particular about what they include in their formulations and pride themselves on picking only the best ingredients. That includes proper meat (no by-products!), fresh vegetables and plenty of vitamins and minerals - with absolutely no nasty, cheap fillers. Perfect!

IAMS Naturally

IAMS Naturally range is a great, easy choice for those looking for natural cat food in the UK. This range uses highly digestible ingredients in comparison to their standard formulation, allowing your cat to better absorb essential nutrients from the food.

On top of this, there’s no added flavourings, colourings, fillers, soy or GMO’s. Overall, we’d say it’s a winner for those seeking good value, natural food for their fluffy, four-legged friends.

Applaws

“It’s not a flavouring or ‘animal derivative’ - it’s the same prime cut of human grade meat that you would enjoy”

That says it all, right? Applaws think that your pets deserve the same quality of food that humans would eat - and we couldn’t agree more. Their high-grade natural cat food is a complete source of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids to keep your kitty happy, energetic and healthy.

Oh, and if it’s additives you’re worried about - there’s none! Applaws promise no hidden colourings, flavourings, preservatives or any other nasties.

Natures Menu

Pet parents need to make the best food choice for their furry friends - and Natures Menu is certainly a good one! As Europe’s leading experts on raw and raw inspired cat foods, you can’t get more natural than this.

If you’re keen to start feeding your cat a raw food diet without the fuss of preparing it yourself at home, we’d highly recommend this brand. Starting as a small company back in 1981, their belief is that pets deserve real food rather than junk food - sounds purrfect!

Thrive Complete

Considering cats are natural carnivores and can survive solely on meat, it makes sense to make protein the bulk of your cat’s diet. Well, Thrive’s dry cat food has the highest meat content of any cat food in the world at 90% chicken - so we had to add it to our list!

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