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Good nutrition helps maximize the length and quality of your cat’s life. And because not all cats are the same, their nutritional needs can be very different. But for all cats, good nutrition begins with a complete and balanced diet.

A complete and balanced diet means that your pet is receiving the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber and other key nutrients. And it means that your cat’s diet has no excesses or deficiencies, helping to avoid health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and obesity.

There are many high-quality cat foods available to provide your cat with complete, balanced nutrition. Your veterinarian can help recommend a diet that is ideal for your cat and will also be able to guide you toward a special prescription diet if the need arises.


For kittens, a great deal of nutrition is required to grow and thrive in the first year of life. In order to get the correct nutrients for growth, such as calcium and phosphorous, it’s important to feed a food created specifically for kittens through those first twelve months. Most kittens should be fed 3 times a day until they are 6 – 8 weeks of age. After this age, most cats are fed one to two times daily. The quantity of food can be determined by reading the suggested feeding volumes listed on the food bag.

Adult cats

As a kitten becomes an adult cat, nutritional and energy needs change. And feeding the right diet at the right life stage can have a significant impact on the lifespan of your cat. So shift to a diet created specifically to meet the nutritional requirements of an adult cat. These high-quality diets contain carefully balanced ingredients, such as vitamins and antioxidants that are vital for preventing disease.

Older cats

By the time your cat is seven, you should begin to consider a diet for older cats. Diets targeted to the needs of older cats contain fewer calories, yet just the right balance of essential nutrients.

Preventing obesity

Obesity at any age can impact the length and quality of your cat’s life, and while genetics play a role in cat obesity, simple overfeeding is a major culprit. However, feeding the correct diet will help to prevent obesity.

Some animals overeat because they have access to too much tasty food. And cats in multiple-pet households may be influenced to overeat due to competition by housemates, so be mindful of competitive eating. Try feeding your pets at separate times and use separate bowls.

Remember that cats require nutrients in their diet that differ from dogs. For this reason, a cat should not be getting meals from the dog’s dish.

Regular vet visits can also help prevent obesity. Your vet can help determine if your cat is overweight, but here are some general guidelines:

  • You should be able to easily feel your cat’s ribs, but not see them.
  • If you can’t feel your cat’s ribs, your cat is probably overweight.
  • If you can easily see the ribs, your cat is probably too thin.

Your cat’s nutritional needs are paramount to overall well-being. And with a complete, well-balanced diet you can help your cat live a long, healthy life!



Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

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Q: How are Purina Cat Chow products different from other healthy pet foods?

A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
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  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

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