How to identify good cat food by price
High quality cat food has its price.
This is largely due to meat, which should be the main component of your cats diet. You probably know what meat will costs at the butcher. If you pay much less for your cat food, you will not get the same quality of meat or could even be sure if it's real meat and not just cheap protein substitutes. However, the money saved is often needed when the cat gets sick. Chronic diseases can put a heavy strain on the budget and are proven to be caused by low-quality food. Of course, not everyone can afford the best cat food and it is right to make food for different budgets. However, every owner must also ask themself whether, if you cannot afford high-quality food, the purchase of a pet might not be a good idea in the beginning. With the purchase of a pet comes the responsibility for it.
Always compare price on a kilo basis.
The price alone says nothing at first. Different product sizes have different prices and many manufacturers give a quantity discount for larger packages. When buying, you should therefore always compare the price per kilo. This makes the supposedly more expensive premium food quickly cheaper, as long as you just buy a larger package. Of course, it is convenient to simply tear open a can per meal instead of storing the package in the refrigerator with the need to reheat it. But we do the same for ourselves with food from the fridge so it does not spoil. Our cats should also be worth the 5 minutes, especially if this significantly increases the quality of their meal.
In order to extend the shelf life and thus be able to buy larger doses, it also helps to choose the right type of food. First of all, dry food is not food and has no place in a cats diet! Raw chicken can spoil extremely quickly if you interrupt the cold chain. Beef and pork have a longer shelf life here. A pureed cat food are particularly susceptible. You already know that from minced meat. By griding it, the bacteria have more surface to attack and the protein in the meat spoils faster. Chunky food with bigger meat pieces such as the Emperor Ragout from dynasty® generally need longer to spoil than the usual meat porridge from other manufacturers.
Check the recommended amount of feed.
The amount of feed declared by the manufacturer should also be taken into consideration. With a dynasty® Emperor Ragout, for example, a 3 kg cat will be full after about 155 g per day – depending on the activity level. Your cat still receives all the nutrients that are important for a healthy cat life. With conventional cat food, a cat usually needs a third more, sometimes twice as much. So if more food is recommended by a manufacturer, you can conclude that the components are low-quality. The cat is less able to use them and therefore needs a larger portion of food. The lower the recommended amount, the higher the quality of the feed. As a result, a supposedly cheaper food quickly becomes expensive when you have to feed twice the amount.
The method of production.
An often underestimated point how the price of a cat food arises is the production itself. The common industrial process is relatively simple. You take everything that you want to be in a cat food, grind it together into a mass, cook everything and portion it into different packaging sizes. All ingredients are treated equally, although different ingredients have a different duration before the vitamins contained in them decompose. As a result, there is often not much left of natural nutrients. However, the manufacturing process of a dynasty Emperor Ragout works by cooking the ingredients separately. Of course, it also makes a difference whether there is an automated process behind the filling, or the feed in made in small batches, prepared by a butcher by hand.