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“Variety is the spice of life“
…but, only if you can find something equal or better than the previous!
And, trust me, when you’re choosing your cat’s meal, ‘better‘ is the way to go.
That’s because cats will give you a weird look and turn up their nose at anything that they deem subpar.
So, with all the wet cat food available, how do you narrow down your search to a meal that is appetizing, affordable, and high-quality?
Below I will show you 5 quality wet cat foods that are tasty and affordable, supports your cat at all stages of development, and make her look and feel healthier.
5 Best Quality, Affordable Wet Cat Foods.
1. Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Natural Wet Cat Food.
The very first high-quality and affordable wet cat food on our list is the Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Wet Cat Food (available on Amazon|Chewy). You will immediately notice that it contains real chicken, egg, salmon, or turkey, depending on the flavor you choose.
Do you know what this means?
It means that you can still offer your cat this high-quality and affordable wet cat food even if she has a sensitive stomach or skin to any of the flavors – you simply choose another one!
It contains taurine, potassium (in chloride form), salt, potatoes, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Its potato content makes it a perfect alternative for cat parents who want to feed their cat quality, grain-free wet cat food.
You only need to look at the ingredient list to know that even if you are paying slightly more, you are getting much better quality wet cat food for your fur baby.
2. Hill’s Science Diet Wet Cat Food, Minced Savory.
The next high-quality wet cat food on our list is from Hill’s Science. I follow them on Pinterest and they are quite… meticulous when it comes to paying attention to the tiny details that matter.
The Hill’s Science Diet Wet Cat Food, Minced Savory (available on Amazon|Chewy) contains high-quality protein sources such as chicken, turkey, pork by-products, as well as taurine, salt, vitamins and minerals, and trace elements.
As at the time of publishing, this wet cat food was available on Chewy, but not on Amazon.
If you are looking for a vet recommended wet cat food for managing urinary tract infection, controlling hairball, or one that doesn’t upset a sensitive stomach, then this is it!
However, it also contains grains in the form of corn starch, rice, wheat flour, and soybeans meal. So, if you are looking for a quality, grain-free wet cat food, this is not it – it contains grains.
Two things I like about Hill’s Science Diet Wet Cat foods:
One, they digest faster and easier than cheaper brands, which means less litter waste to clean up and reduced litter stench – btw, here’s how to get rid of litter box stench in your home forever.
And two, it has a stronger smell than most cat food, especially when you warm it – and, in the world of cats, the smellier the better.
3. Meow Mix Tender Favorites.
Do you want a wet cat food to help stimulate appetite a kitty that has lost interest in most canned meals?
It comes in simple servings, which means neither you nor your picky eater has to worry about wasting a full can since these servings are small – 2.75 oz.
No more preserving unfinished cat meals in the fridge – yeah, I know you hate when it sinks up everything.
Meow Mix Tender Favorites contains real protein from sources such as tuna, chicken, beef, as well as veggies, vitamins, and minerals a kitty needs to grow healthily.
It smells powerful and attractive, like a meal cats would like (don’t forget, they have a better sense of smell than we do). And, there are chunks and shreds of meat in the meal for your kitty’s enjoyment.
The simple servings make it the perfect wet cat food to help an obese cat lose weight.
You can’t go wrong feeding your cat Purina Wet Cat food.
This company makes yummy wet cat foods that are affordable, yet contains quality sources of protein such as Chicken, Salmon, Tuna, Pork lungs, Liver, and Meat By-Products.
Purina comes in different varieties that can help with weight loss or gain, improved appetite, as well as making a cat’s coat look fluffy and soft again.
As at the time of publishing many of these wet cat food were only available on Chewy, but not on Amazon
So you see, it doesn’t matter if your cat is a kitten, an adult, or an older cat, Purina wet cat food has got the right ingredients and formula to support them.
However, their wet cat food, though high-quality and affordable are not grain-free. There is a possibility that it will disturb your cat’s bowel if she has a sensitive stomach.
But other than that, Purina is in a class of its own when it comes to quality wet cat food.
5. Sheba Perfect Portions Cut in Gravy Wet Cat Food.
Last not least on our recommendation list of affordable, high-quality wet cat food is Sheba Perfect Portions Cut in Gravy Wet Cat Food. Just like Meow Mix, Sheba wet cat food comes in small tray packs (twin tray packs).
That means you no longer have to waste or store smelly, open cans of wet cat food in your fridge if the cat doesn’t finish the meal.
Heck, you don’t even have to bother with cans!
Simply hold the plastic tray down and peel the foil off like you’re opening a yogurt container, then discard the tray where it will be recycled. Or turn it upside down over the plate and peel slowly so it falls out into your cat’s meal bowl.
Are they a bit pricey?
But tell me, won’t you rather spend more on a perfect portion, quality wet cat food and have the cat eat everything than buy cheap wet cat food that you have to throw out more times than it is eaten?
Now, let’s see how to choose wet cat food for your cat.
How to Choose an Affordable Wet Cat Food without Sacrificing Quality.
Most wet cat foods look very similar when you look at the ingredient list. To ensure that you are getting the best nutritional value for your cat and money when you buy wet cat food, here’s what you need to look out for:
1. Fillers or artificial ingredients.
Lots of wet cat foods, even the quality ones, contain ‘filler’ ingredients in the form of grains and wheat by-products. These ingredients do not contribute to the nutritional value that your cat needs, but they do not hurt your cat either.
If your cat consumes these wet cat foods without her digestive system getting irritated by the carbohydrates, then sure, keep feeding her that. If your cat’s stomach is sensitive to carbohydrates, then you go for grain-free wet cat food.
And, avoid artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives while at it.
2. Specific Protein and Fat Source in Ingredients List.
While it is true that cats need more protein in their diet, not all high-protein formulas contain the kind of protein that can easily be digested.
Go through the ingredient list, and confirm the source of the protein.
Make sure it explicitly states the source of the protein such as beef pork, salmon, chicken, turkey, lamb, or tuna.
By-product meats are not ‘bad’ sources of protein, they are generally of poorer quality compared to regular meat. Chicken by-products, for instance, include feet, bones, head, intestines, feathers, and beak (of course they don’t include the last two).
Even popular food brands use by-products of meat to bump up the protein contents, so keep an eye on that.
Another thing you need to worry about is the fat source and overall fat content of your wet cat food. Make sure the fats used are from natural sources.
And, if you have an older or inactive cat, you need to make sure the wet cat food you choose contains less fat and more proteins. This way your kitty doesn’t add unnecessary weight.
3. Controlled Portions.
Some cats have a ferocious appetite while others are picky about what and how much they eat. You need to take this into account when looking for quality wet cat food that is affordable.
Most cat foods come in 3-oz cans, trays, pouches, and other portioned containers to ensure your cat is getting the right amount of food at each meal. However, if you find yourself throwing out old food regularly, then you need to go for smaller servings of 1.3-1.5 oz.
4. Age focus.
A cat’s body has different nutritional requirements depending on its age and temperament. Kittens and active adults typically need more calories compared to older cats.
And senior, less active cats generally need fewer calories, but more taurine and trace elements to keep their immune system, hearts, and other vital organs in tip-top condition.
So ensure that you are purchasing a wet cat food that is appropriate for your kitty’s age.
The presence of Taurine in a cat’s diet is important to help prevent the rapid degeneration of eyesight and heart function. Most quality wet cat food contains the nutrient, however, it is worth confirming.
6. Vitamins and minerals.
Most quality wet cat food contain these, but look out for specific nutrient boosts such as omega 3 or fish oil, Vitamin D and E, Iron, Zinc, Folic Acid, and other micronutrients that aid digestion, skin and fur health, brain development, and more.
7. Special dietary needs.
Most healthy cats can eat any of the wet cat food listed above.
However, if your cat has special dietary needs to help manage health issues such as urinary tract infection, gastrointestinal problems, kidney stones, or food allergies, then you have to go with the vet recommended wet cat food that supports her health or something similar.
You can choose from renal support, skin and coat health, grain-free, limited ingredients, or weight management.
What’s the best choice here?
There is no best choice – sorry!
Cats don’t really care what we think about their meals.
You can try warming meals before serving them. This will help bring out the smell of the food. Remember, in the cat world smellier means delicious – at least until she tastes it!
But, as is often the case, you will likely end up with an almost full pack of wet cat food that your kitty doesn’t like.
Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can donate the unopened ones to a shelter. They will have a cat (or dog) that doesn’t mind eating all of it.
Keep going and you’ll find a wet cat food that your cat adores.
One last thing I want to add. Just because your cat is eating quality wet cat food doesn’t mean they don’t need to drink water anymore.
Having enough water in her digestive system will help the proteins breakdown faster, which will help prevent litter waste from stinking up the apartment.
So, make sure your kitty has a quiet water fountain she can drink from to aid digestion and stabilize her body metabolism.
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