Hill’s Ideal Balance cat food may not be the very best thing to feed your favourite feline, but it comes pretty close. Hill’s make a range of high quality cat food to suit the individual and provide support for various health conditions; Ideal Balance is their entry in the natural food category, and while they don’t win first prize, a random survey of cat food fans at my house give it a very close second.
At a Glance
- What: Hill’s Ideal Balance cat food – grain free
- Who: Hill’s Pet Nutrition – a trusted brand since 1939
- Price: Variable, depending on where you buy. Best price: Amazon.com
- Does Sparrow Approve? A little too much
Hill’s – They’ve Been Feeding Cats For a Very Long Time
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has been making quality pet food since 1939. Created by visionary vet Dr Mark L Morris Sr to help address various health concerns through carefully crafted nutrition, Hill’s Science Diet, Prescription Diet and Ideal balance provide sound nutrition for your pet through every life stage.
Hill’s range of both wet and dry foods have been tailored to provide the correct nutrition for a number of different lifestyle or health issues. Whether your cat has a small issue with hairballs or a large issue with a nasty illness, Hill’s have a food to support your kitty and promote general good health.
What is The Best Food For Cats?
Cats are what’s known as obligate carnivores, which means they need meat and that’s about it. It is biologically necessary for cats to consume meat and biologically impossible for them to digest carbohydrates.
In the wild this is all well and good – cats just hunt and kill small meat packages like birds and rodents. Pet cats, especially the indoor types, don’t always have this luxury so they rely on us to give them what their bodies need.
There really isn’t one best food your can feed your cat, but you do need to make sure you’re feeding plenty of variety in a species appropriate diet. As with all things, the closer to nature the better.Raw food diets are the best nutritional fit for any pet, however, cooking for your pet can be time consuming and tricky to get the right balance of essential vitamins etc. Pre-prepared raw foods are available from smaller boutique style pet stores and are designed to include all that your cat needs for good health.
High quality canned food is next best in terms of nutrition and is my personal preference – mainly because raw diets are gross to deal with and I can’t handle it. I know many of you are thinking ‘suck it up and feed the Sparrow what’s best, Shirley’ (and to be honest, so am I) but it’s really not best for either of us if I’m retching every time I feed my cat now, is it?
But enough about me.
…And The Best Food For Cats With Asthma?
Asthma cats have the same nutritional requirements as all cats, but there are a few extra things to take into consideration. The wheezy need to be kept in tip top health and it all starts with the diet, so making sure your cat is eating an excellent quality, natural food is a good start.
Corn, wheat, rice and other grains are not only harder for cats to digest, they are also no good for the inflammation that causes feline asthma. A grain free diet has been reported to help keep inflammation at bay and my own personal experience agrees with this.
What’s Good About Hill’s Ideal Balance Grain Free?
Hill’s have been making quality pet food for a really long time – they know what they’re on about.
- All natural ingredients with optimal levels of more than 50 key nutrients.
- Made in the USA using ingredients sourced from North America & Europe.
- Nothing fake – no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
- Grain free – corn, wheat, soy and rice have been left out.
- Available in canned or dry varieties to suit your cat’s individual fussiness.
Potatoes. They’re the second ingredient listed on the bag of dry food I’m looking at and there better be a hell of a lot of chicken in there for me to be happy about that. As far as I know, cats don’t need potatoes in their diet, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.There’s also the matter of the canned food – through all of my searching I’ve only been able to find it in one flavour – Gourmet Tuna. Variety plays a part in good health so while Hill’s grain free canned food is great, gourmet tuna is not the only thing I want to be feeding my feline.
Does Sparrow Approve?
Sparrow is a picky eater, but so far he’s liked all of the Hill’s products we’ve tried and this is no exception. The bonus from my side is that feeding him a grain free diet is one of the easiest ways to help keep his asthma under control. Hill’s have a long history of healthy, happy pets under their belt and with all natural ingredients, this one might be a winner in my book.
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