Pet Food & Nutrition

Today there is a lot of information available about the nutritional requirements of cats and dogs, the ingredients in pet food and the importance to choose the right food for your cat or dog. GAPFA members are committed to helping pet owners get the information about the food they choose for their pets.


Nutritional needs of cats and dogs

Pet food must provide the right balance of nutrients and it can be complete or complementary. Complete pet foods are nutritionally complete: providing all the nutrients in the amounts and proportions your pet needs. Complementary pet foods (e.g. treats) are designed to be only a part of the diet and they won’t meet the nutritional requirements when fed alone. Read more in our dedicated factsheet

The benefits of commercially prepared pet foods

Pet owners recognise and celebrate that pets are individuals and owners generally decide on what foods meet their particular circumstances. Prepared pet foods from reputable pet food manufacturers come with a reassurance of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. There is a wide variety of recipes, varieties and textures to choose from, and they are convenient to use. Read more in our dedicated factsheet

Choosing the right food for your pet

This variety means that pet owners can choose the foods that provide their pet with the nutrition it needs and the product form that they and their pets prefer. The array of options of prepared pet foods provide a great basis for your pet’s diet, delivering balanced nutrition, variety, palatability, sustainability, consistency and safety, making for a satisfied pet and owner. Read more in our dedicated factsheet

The importance of water in your pet's diet

Without water all those other nutrients found in your pet’s food will be rendered useless, as water is needed in digestion for the absorption of those nutrients and all the way through to elimination. Read more in our dedicated factsheet

Can I feed dog food to my cat?

Complete and balanced pet foods provide all the nutrients required in the correct ratios for the pet. Dog foods provide all the nutrients a dog needs to stay healthy but they are not formulated to provide the additional nutrients that cats need in their diet. Read more in our dedicated factsheet

Incidence, risk factors & managing obesity

However, deciding whether a pet is overweight can be a challenge for some owners and your veterinarian can assist by weighing your pet and determining your pet’s body condition score. Read more in our dedicated factsheet


the first one is to provide nutritional benefits, e.g. vitamins, the second purpose concerns technological additives for safety and maintaining the desirable features of texture, stability and resistance to spoilage and lastly there can be sensory additives providing the right color and flavor. Read more in our dedicated factsheet