4. It makes no sense simply buying a brand for what it says on the front of the box
The statements made on the front of any pet food package use a special format that’s governed by the law.
- By law, a package that uses the term Fish cat food, Chicken cat food or Beef cat food needs to contain at least 95% of the ingredients stated.
- Fish cat food is not the same as Cat food with fish. If a label follows thewith format, the product only needs to have 3% of the ingredient named.
- Cat food packages that contain multiple ingredients need to have the most of whatever ingredient is listed first. All put together, though, the ingredients should make up 95% of the product by weight. For instance, a product with the term Chicken, Fish and Beef cat food on the label should have more chicken than fish or beef. All put together, the three ingredients should make up 95% of the contents of the package.
- The cat food product with the terms of Dinner, Formula, Platter or Entrée on the label are inferior to products without those qualifiers. A product that’s called Beef cat dinner, for instance, is only legally required to contain between 25% and 95% of the ingredient listed.