Commercial Cat Food

Cat food that you buy from the store usually come in two different forms. Dry cat food and wet cat food. Dry cat food is also known as kibble. Commercial cat foods also come in the form of frozen raw diets and pre-mixes that are meant to cater cat owners who feed their cats raw food.

The major brands that manufacture cat food usually use ingredients that are grain-based such as rice and corn and mixed with by-products of meat and/or animal digest. For a more expensive price, there is usually premium, holistic, and/or natural cat foods that do not contain any animal digest or animal by-products and contain a lot less grains or no grains at all. Some may believe that grain free dry cat foods are still high in carbohydrates because instead of using grains, the manufacturer's of natural or premium cat foods use potatoes or tapioca for carbohydrates. Cats do not have any metabolic needs for carbohydrates because their feline system creates glucose from protein.

If a cat food product says that it is specifically "salmon cat food" or "pork cat food", by law, it must contain at least 95 percent of what it says that it has in it. Salmon cat food must have 95 percent salmon, and pork cat food must have at least 95 percent pork in it.