Wet Canned Cat Food Shortage: What to Do If That’s Your Reality
This post is written by our holistic veterinarian at "I and love and you", Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT.
Many domestic cats benefited from the global pandemic. Their family has been home more often and many homeless pets were adopted. However, shortages in the supply chain have left many cat guardians wondering when their usual canned food will be back on the shelf. In this article, I am going to give you three strategies to use while you wait for your kitty’s favorite canned formulas to come back in stock.
What to Do If There’s a Canned Cat Food Shortage
- Don’t be afraid to switch flavors or brands. If your cat isn’t too picky, this is a great option! For example, if you always buy Chicken Me Out, don’t be afraid to try a similar formula that may be in stock, like Beef Right Meow. You can also mix and match for each meal. “I and love you” also makes really great canned variety packs. If you see them in stock, grab them!
- Kibble isn’t a bad option. Although cat kibble is high in carbohydrates and lacks the moisture needed by kitties, if you can’t find a canned formula, it will work in a pinch! Most cats love kibble and will happily switch over. If your kitty turns their nose up at kibble try adding moisture.
- Cook for your cat. If you love pampering your kitty, try cooking for them. It’s a really healthy option, and can be a fun way to show them your love. You can use items in your kitchen such as chicken, beef, potato, fruits and vegetables to make a healthy meal. Avoid using grains such as wheat pasta, rice, quinoa and millet. Cats are obligate carnivores and do much better with high protein formulas. I like using www.balanceit.com to create recipes with ingredients I already have. You can purchase their vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure that you are giving your cat a balanced diet.
Your cat is lucky to be loved by you. Thank you for taking great care of them through this strange time. The world needs more people like you!