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Choosing the best wet cat foods for your cat can be confusing. Pet food labels and ingredients are a complicated topic, but wet cat food has some good advantages over dry cat foods. Namely, canned wet foods contain more water, so it can be a good way for a cat to get added hydration in their diet. Wet foods are often more desirable to eat, so they can entice a cat who may have lost interest in other foods. Finally, the individual servings of cans can make it easy to portion out and store wet cat foods.
The best wet cat foods will provide high-quality protein, liquid that provides hydration, and about 40% of the protein requirements per serving, says the Drake Center. And it goes without saying that it needs to taste good!
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the proper listing of ingredients and quantities at the federal level, one organization, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), regulates pet food at the state level. The AAFCO does not endorse any particular cat or dog food, but cat or dog foods that follow and meet the nutritional guidelines set forth by the AAFCO can include a statement to that effect on their packaging.
If you're choosing food for a kitten who is growing, or for a senior cat who needs weight maintenance, the best wet cat foods will have a statement on their packaging that says they meet the AAFCO nutritional guidelines for that stage of life. Below are some of the best wet cat foods that we feel good recommending. As mentioned above, each of these recommended foods meets the AAFCO nutritional requirements for growth and maintenance.
One other tip: The Food and Drug Administration explains that if a pet food is labeled as something like "Chicken for Cats," at least 95% if the ingredients must be that item: chicken. It should be the first ingredient listed on the label. If the name is "salmon and tuna" food for pets, then the two named ingredients together must comprise 95 percent of the total weight.
Amazon is a trusted brand for so many products, and pet food is no exception! These Kitzy Wet Cat Chicken & Beef packets come in a package of 24, which are easy to store. The chicken and beef is suspended in a rich gravy your cats will love. With no added grain (wheat, corn, soy) or artificial flavors or colors, the beef broth, chicken, beef, and chicken liver are the main ingredients.
Feed one 3-ounce can per 3 pounds of body weight daily. Each can in this case of 24 Purina Pro Plan True Nature contains real meat as the first and second ingredient. This is a finely ground, smooth wet food, which makes it good for cats that may be older, with tooth or gum problems, or that just don't like a food with chunks in it.
For cats that like a chunky cat food, try the Fancy Feast. This one has chunks of chicken combined with a smooth pate, for delicious taste and texture variety. The primary ingredient is chicken broth.
Hill's bills itself as the #1 veterinarian recommended cat food. Aside from water, tuna is the first ingredient, so if your cat licks its bowl clean over seafood flavor, the Hill's Pet Ocean Fish flavor could be a winner. This food is recommended for cats age 1 through 6. Hill's Pet also has a variety of wet food options if your cat needs certain nutritional parameters, such as kidney care, or other needs such as hairball control. Kidney care food is available with a note from your veterinarian only, so check with them if your cat has that special need.
Royal Canin's Adult Instinctive cat food is a good choice for cats up to 7 years old. It provides thin, meaty slices in a rich gravy that is scientifically tested to have an appealing flavor. The precise balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates leaves cats satisfied without overeating. Royal Canine offers a "Palatability Guarantee," which means that they offer 100 percent money back on their products if your cat doesn't like it.
A variety pack like this one by Friskies is a great way to provide your cat with a taste variety or else find the flavor that they really love. Some cats really love the thin shreds in gravy. All flavors in the variety pack are made with real meat ingredients and provides complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats.