Wet cat food: Best from the Test
You can give your cat wet or dry food. Many types and brands are available from both. This year the Consumers Association tested wet cat food.
We asked 2 experts in the field of cat food to the ideal composition. We also asked a panel of 771 cat owners about their experiences. We then examined 34 different types of wet food on the following aspects:
- nutritional value;
- quality of ingredients;
- presence of unnecessary additives (such as vegetables and grains);
- The results show that private labels are not inferior to A-brands. Curious about how your brand scores cat food?
Price of cat food
In terms of nutritional value, inexpensive cat food does not seem to be underperforming for more expensive brands. In addition, cat food is regularly on offer, especially A-brands such as Whiskas, Gourmet, and Sheba. Once in the approximately 3 weeks, these brands can be found somewhere near a national chain for a promotional price. With occasional visits to another store, you can therefore save on costs. A difficult eater should not be your cat, because one time it is for example Sheba Selection and the other time Sheba Classic. Most offers can be found at Hoogvliet and Dirk van Den Broek. Private labels are less often on offer.
Dry versus wet food
Both dry and wet food is suitable for complete food and usually comply with the guidelines. However, wet fodder is most closely related to the original diet that consists of mice, birds and other small animals that are eaten with skin and hair. It contains everything a cat needs, including a lot of moisture. That’s why a cat hardly needs to drink naturally.
According to Wouter Hendriks, Professor of Animal Nutrition at the University of Wageningen and Utrecht, wet food is therefore preferred. According to him, the optimal food contains a lot of moisture, a lot of protein and as little vegetables, herbs and carbohydrates as possible, such as starch. According to Hendriks, chunks are in principle also good, but not the ideal food for a cat.
> Look like the natural diet
> High Moisture content
> Little carbohydrates high starch
> Spoiler Faster, not leave for long
> Quickly gives away junk
> Little Mess
> Little stench
Spoils less quickly diet
> Low Moisture content
> High carbohydrate content
> Looks less like the natural
Some people give their cat a little dish of milk as a bonus; whether this is sensible you can read in Fact and Fables about cat food.
Research into dry cat chunks
NB. In 2015 our Belgian colleagues from Test Aankoop tested dry cat food on nutritional value, quality of ingredients, health benefits and price. The Ideal Balance brand then came out on top. The brand Science Plan came second. However, both brands are only available at animal stores. You can also find good chunks in the supermarket. The Optical brand from the Lidl, for example, achieved good results for a small price. The brand Perfect Fit, available at most supermarkets, scored a good enough.
Composition of cat food
- Your cat needs, in addition to a lot of moisture, mainly high-quality proteins and fats because it is a real meat eater.
- Cereals and vegetables are therefore unnecessary. Cats do not receive them naturally or hard because they live on prey animals.
- As far as the protein composition is concerned, mainly the amino acids (building blocks of proteins) taurine and methionine are important. A shortage of taurine can lead to blindness and heart failure in the long term.
- Furthermore, a number of vitamins and minerals are essential. For example, zinc, vitamins A and E, calcium, and phosphorus. However, excess calcium or phosphorus can also be harmful.
If it was the cat …
… she bought offal. That is good nutrition for your cat. In the supermarket, however, it appears that the human taste is decisive for the assortment of cat food. You can see chicken and beef in the tin cat food. Tastes like ‘pieces of a mouse in jelly’ or ‘great tit in sauce’ would probably be more appropriate. But that does not sound good to the owners.
Many of the meat mentioned on the packaging is often not included, this is usually limited to less than 5% of the total product. The main part consists mostly of animal by-products; from all kinds of animals.
No matter how much your cat whines, it is not wise to share your own meal with the cat. Food for people does not fit with the cat diet. Moreover, they can not tolerate flavorings such as garlic,
Check feces, coat and allergy
To check whether your cat is getting the right nutrition, you can best look at the stool. Is it too thin or too strong? Then it may be wise to switch to a different feed. Do this, however, gradually. In the long term, the quality of the coat is also an indicator of good nutrition. A bad coat may indicate a vitamin or mineral deficiency. If your cat suffers from itching or stomach and intestinal complaints, this may indicate an allergy. Can you simply serve the cat instead of cat food as a piece of (raw) meat? Read it in Facts and Fables About Cat.
How do you read the label?
Do you already find labels for your own meal abracadabra? It is not simpler with cat food. Below an overview of commonly used cries in cat food.
According to European legislation, this includes all meat parts of slaughtered, warm-blooded terrestrial animals (such as chickens and cows). Think especially of organs such as liver, heart, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and lungs, but also connective tissue. These animal products are suitable for human consumption, but not very popular because of their taste or texture. Animal by-products are cheap, and in this case perhaps the best buy. They contain essential nutrients and animal proteins for the cat.
Rough ash indicates a method to determine how much energy is in the food. To find this, the feed is burned, leaving only the ashes. A high crude ash content may indicate the presence of separated meat and/or ground bones in the feed. It is rather confusing that such specific terms are on the packaging. This is not the choice of the manufacturer, but the mention is legally required.
Vegetable by-products include fiber-rich ingredients such as vegetables and grains. He does not really need a cat. It is nevertheless often added to improve the consistency of the feed. The fibers from vegetable by-products have a binding effect.
Crude fiber comes from the cell walls of plant products; these are (indigestible) fibers.
Wondering which brand of wet food is the best in the test? Or which brand has the best price-quality ratio.