The best cat food you can feed your kitty is as close as you can get to what they would eat in the wild.
Our cats would probably be better off if we fed them small rodents and birds caught fresh daily. The next best thing we can do is feed them a healthy cat food that is canned. Actually you can buy mice that have been frozen to give to them but most of us would probably rather stick with canned food.
Cats need a high protein diet that contains fat and water. They do not need carbohydrates at all even the complex carbohydrates from vegetables that most manufacturers insist on including. The important enzymes and amino acids that their bodies utilize are in meat like chicken, duck, and turkey.
The best cat food even dry food does not have wheat, rye, or other grains. It does not have white rice or white potato. Manufacturers use these foods as stretchers to keep the cost down and cats have to eat more in order to get the nutrients they need. This makes them more susceptible to diabetes and causes them to gain weight.
Also canned cat food contains a lot of water but this is good. In the wild cats get most of the water they need from the little animals they eat. They do not drink very much water. They are not thirst driven to drink water like we humans and dogs are. Cats who are fed only dry cat food are more likely to become dehydrated and to develop urinary tract diseases.
A high quality canned cat food may cost more then the common supermarket brands but a cat needs to eat much less of it to feel satisfied. In the end you will save money by buying a premium cat food because and you will also have lower costs and angst because you will have fewer vet bills. The icing on the cake is living with a happier cat.
I am convinced that the perfect cat food does not exist. All you can do is choose the best one you can find at a price you can afford and that your cat likes. You can make up for one food's shortcoming by switching to another food for a few weeks and then back again.
Ingredients on the labels are listed by weight in descending order.
This is a pate with chunks of vegetables.
First five ingredients:
No by-products, rendered meats or meals.Halo Spot's Stew for Cats, Wholesome Chicken Recipe
This is a pate.
First five ingredients are:
No by-products, rendered meats or meals.Natural Balance Canned Cat Food, Premium Ultra Formula
This is chunky.
First Five Ingredients:
Water Sufficient for Processing
Dried Egg Whites
No meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.Wellness Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Cat Food
This is shredded in light gravy.
First five ingredients are:
Chicken (Boneless, Skinless, White Breast Meat)
Water Sufficient For Processing
Sunflower Seed Oil
Grain free, hormone free, antibiotic free, and free range.