Choosing the Right Cat Food for Each Life Stage
The Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement on a cat food label verifies that the food provides complete and balanced nutrition for either:
- puppies or kittens
- pregnant or nursing pets
- adult pets
- all lifestages
Hill's enthusiastically supports AAFCO testing procedures, but we believe that no single food is appropriate for all lifestages.
- If you see the words " ... for all lifestages" on a package, it means it's a puppy or kitten food.
- Hill's™ Science Diet™ brand is committed to the lifestage concept.
The early years
In the early stages of life, young pets need high levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to ensure proper growth.
Therefore, a pet food that claims to be "complete and balanced for all lifestages" must contain nutrient levels that are suitable for growth. Are the nutrient levels in foods for growth too high for older pets? Hill's believes they are.
Too high, too low
The "one size fits all" pet food philosophy may sound attractive, but it goes against everything Hill's has learned in more than 60 years of clinical nutrition research. A food that's appropriate for growth will contain levels of fat, sodium, protein and other nutrients that are too high for the older pet. Likewise, a food that contains reduced levels of nutrients for older pets may be inadequate for growing puppies and kittens.
All things to all pets
Today, many pet food manufacturers offer lifestage foods for pets. They often tout the benefits of their foods for puppies and kittens, adults or seniors and how these foods are perfectly balanced for each of these lifestages.
However, many of these same companies also offer brands of pet food that carry the claim "... complete and balanced nutrition for all lifestages"!
Are the companies that manufacture these products truly committed to the lifestage concept? The answer is obvious.
A more than 60-year commitment
Choosing a brand for every lifestage gives you peace of mind in knowing you're feeding the Hill's™ Science Diet™ brand that's the #1 vet recommended food to feed their own pets, from a company with a 60+ year history of formulating with optimum nutrient levels.