What is organic cat food?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program defines and regulates the term “organic” for pet food and human food. “Organic” refers to the way a crop or animal is grown or raised and handled. Organic crops must be grown on land free from pesticides for three years. Organic livestock is fed organic feed, is not given antibiotics or hormones, and has access to the outdoors.
Choosing Healthy Cat Food
Some important guidelines to follow when selecting a complete and balanced cat food include:
- Keeping in mind that homemade cat foods are not subject to safety or quality regulations. There is also no guarantee that homemade pet foods contain the proper nutrient profile for pets.
- Understanding that foods that are labeled “100% Organic” must contain 100% organically-produced ingredients, not counting added water and salt, as well as added vitamins and minerals, since they cannot be produced organically.
- Knowing that for a food to be labeled as “made with organic ingredients,” it may include between 70-95% organic ingredients and is prohibited from using the USDA organic seal.
- The USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.
If you do choose to feed organic cat food, look for the USDA organic seal as proof of a certified organic pet food. Pet foods with that seal must contain 95% to 100% organic ingredients.
It is important to choose a food that is 100% complete and balanced for your cat’s life stage. Formulas that meet your cat’s nutritional needs are imperative to her health.