Take The Mystery Out of Cat Food Labels

When you go grocery shopping, you read the nutrition labels on food packaging to help you decide what you want to buy. But the nutrition label on your cat’s food might look complex and difficult to understand by comparison. Read this guide to help you understand what you’re looking at.

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Ingredients List

For your food, ingredients are arranged in descending order according to the percentage of weight they are in the product; for example, if the first 3 ingredients in salsa are tomatoes, onion and peppers, you know that there are generally more tomatoes than onions and more onions than peppers. The same is true for the label on your cat’s food. If the first ingredient is chicken you know that a significant portion of the food consists of chicken. When you're shopping for food for your cat, look for foods with animal proteins; like salmon and chicken. Just like the foods their ancestors ate. This way, you know you're getting a wholesome product that will include the proteins and amino acids your pet needs to stay healthy.

Guaranteed Analysis

The guaranteed analysis chart lists the minimum and/or maximum percentage of nutrients in a food, such as protein, fat, fiber and moisture. The guaranteed analysis for dry food and wet food will look different; this is because the moisture content in the wet food is so much higher.

AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has published nutritional standards for pet food. There are two separate nutrient profiles — one for growing kittens/gestating-lactating mothers and one for adult maintenance. All Crave cat foods meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.