This is my first cat, so I am not an experienced cat owner. 2 year old, healthy, black, long-haired cat at a good weight is starting to get some slight reddish brown color to certain patches of her hair. Other people say they can’t see it, but as the person who grooms her, I think it’s there. I read online that this could be tyrosine deficiency, copper deficiency, etc – but I’m not sure I trust a Google diagnosis and I don’t really know where to go from here. Does anyone have experience with this or a good way to fix this? Definitely don’t want kitty to be missing out on something she needs!
Free choice dry kibble + ~1 can wet food per day
Dry kibble is Elevate Shenandoah Recipe: 35% protein, 17% fat, 6% fiber, 10% moisture with first several ingredients being chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, lentil, faba beans, peas, chicken fat, ground flaxseed. On the surface, I guess that should be enough protein, but in light of the coat color changes, should I be concerned that much of that protein probably comes from non-meat sources?
Wet food is a mix of brands and flavors, but currently Paws & Claws and 9Lives. Meat products or by-products are near the top of the list and the protein % on a dry matter basis seems okay from what I’ve read online?
I’m open to changing / upgrading food, but am honestly a little confused by how to pick something better. I’m on a budget, so if I’m spending more $, I need to have a reason why and some clear benefit. The guaranteed analysis on the back of the wet food cans seems a little lacking compared to the GAs for horse feed or human food. And since, unlike horses, 100% of the diet comes from a commercially prepared ration (vs. a natural product like hay), shouldn’t the feed company’s nutritionists have already worked this out so the cat gets everything needed?
Thanks in advance!