Keeping your cat healthy and happy requires a diet that meets her nutritional needs based on her life stage. It stands to reason that good food is made from good ingredients that are combined to create a complete and balanced food. When selecting a diet for your cat, you may choose to buy foods that are labeled as natural or organic.
The difference between natural and organic may seem subtle, but is worth noting.
To state that a pet food is natural means that a cat food manufacturer must adhere to certain guidelines when selecting ingredients for that product.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program defines and regulates the term “organic” for human food and pet 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.
There are four levels of organic foods:
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.
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