Nutrition can be overwhelming, with all its nutrient minimums, maximums, and balances. For instance, recommended mineral levels seem to be small compared to levels of things like protein or fat, but they can have a big impact on your cat’s health and the palatability of a food.
In addition, because the digestibility of minerals can vary dramatically, comparing labels can be confusing or even misleading. The wisest thing to do is check the food for the AAFCO statement. AAFCO is the American Association of Feed Control Officials, which makes nutritional recommendations for animal foods. The food should state it meets AAFCO recommendations for the life stage of your cat, which ensures the mineral levels (and more) in the food are complete and balanced.Originally posted February 2020