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Overall, Birdie & Louie Pet Food Co. wants you to know, we have worked very hard to create all-natural ingredient formulas with whole proteins listed at the beginning of our ingredient labels. We have also ensured that all of our formulas meet or exceed AAFCO standards for cat food. That means balanced nutrition in every meal, and for all life stages. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cat food (cat food FAQs).

Q:  What should I look for in a high-quality cat food?

A:  Look for cat foods that list a high-quality protein source as the first ingredient, have limited fillers, and meet the nutritional standards set by organizations like AAFCO.

Q:  How much should I feed my cat each day?

A:  The amount depends on your cat’s age, weight, activity level, and the food’s packaging instructions. Consult your vet for a personalized feeding plan.

Q:  Is wet or dry cat food better for my cat’s health?

A:  Both have pros and cons. Wet food can provide more moisture, while dry food can help with dental health. A combination is often recommended.

Q:  Are there any specific dietary requirements for kittens?

A:  Kittens need more protein and calories. Choose a formula that is suitable for all life stages, or a kitten-specific formula.

Q:  Can I feed my cat homemade cat food?

A:  Homemade cat food is an option, but it must be carefully balanced to meet all nutritional needs. Consult a vet or a veterinary nutritionist.

Q:  What is the difference between commercial and prescription cat food?

A:  Prescription cat food is formulated to address specific medical conditions and usually requires a vet’s prescription.

Q:  Are there any cat food ingredients I should avoid?

A:  Avoid artificial additives, excessive fillers, and ingredients your cat may be allergic to. Common allergens include grains and certain proteins.

Q:  What is the best diet for a cat with food allergies?

A:  Consult your vet to identify allergens and switch to a hypoallergenic or limited-ingredient diet.

Q:  Should I feed my cat on a schedule or free-feed?

A:  Scheduled feeding is generally recommended, as it helps with portion control and monitoring your cat’s appetite.

Q:  How do I determine the right cat food for a senior cat?

A:  Look for a formula that is recommended for all life stages, or a senior-specific cat food with reduced calories and special nutrients for aging cats.

Q:  Can I mix different brands or flavors of cat food?

A:  Mixing can be done, but sudden changes may upset your cat’s stomach. Gradual transitions are better.

Q:  How do I transition my cat to a new type of cat food?

A:  Gradually mix the new food with the old, increasing the new food’s portion over a week to prevent digestive upset.

Q:  Are there any dietary supplements I should consider for my cat?

A:  Most cats on a balanced diet (like formulas that meet AAFCO standards) don’t need supplements. Consult your vet before adding any.

Q: Are cats obligate carnivores?

A: Yes, cats are obligate carnivores, which means their diet must primarily consist of animal-based proteins to meet their nutritional requirements for optimal health. Plant-based foods do not provide essential nutrients that cats need. However, in the wild, cats may also consume small amounts of plant material, such as grass and other vegetation. This behavior is thought to aid in the elimination of fur balls and may also provide some other essential nutrients. A nutritionally balanced diet for a cat, according to AAFCO, should include specific proteins, as well as some important vitamins and minerals. Visit AAFCO.org to learn more about cat food nutrient profiles. Birdie & Louie cat food does meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Feline Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Q:  What is the importance of protein content in cat food?

A:  Cats are obligate carnivores, so protein is crucial for their health, especially muscle and organ function.

Q:  Can I give my cat human food as a treat?

A:  Some human foods are safe in moderation, like small amounts of cooked chicken or fish, but avoid foods toxic to cats, like onions and chocolate.

Q:  How do I choose the right cat food for a cat with a medical condition?

A:  Consult your vet, who can recommend a specific prescription or therapeutic diet tailored to your cat’s needs.

Q:  Is it okay to switch my cat’s food frequently?

A:  Frequent changes can upset your cat’s stomach. Stick to a consistent diet unless advised otherwise by your vet.

Q:  Are there any special considerations for feeding a pregnant or nursing cat?

A:  Pregnant and nursing cats need more calories and nutrients. Consult your vet for guidance on the best diet. You can also see feeding instructions on some product packaging for guidance on feeding pregnant or nursing cats.

Q:  What’s the best way to store dry cat food to keep it fresh?

A:  Seal the bag or can tightly and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Q:  What are some common misconceptions about cat food?

A:  Misconceptions include thinking cats should have a vegetarian diet, or that homemade diets are always better. Consult your vet for accurate information.

Q:  Does Birdie & Louie offer any pate cat food recipes?

A:  Birdie & Louie offers two pate cat food recipes: Chicken and Beef, and Chicken and Lamb.

Q:  What Birdie & Louie wet cat food formulas are flakes in broth?

A:  Birdie & Louie provides a variety of tempting and healthy flavors that are flakes in broth, including Tuna Tuesday, Seafood Sunday, Tuna and Papaya, Tuna and Pineapple, and Tuna and Olives.