All of the above advice is very excellent. I myself have been seriously researching feline nutrition and have been learning alot!!!
However, as of now, I am feeding Zoe many of the "lower brands". I don't want her to be a picky eater, so she gets a variety of many wets. I keep to a core dry, Nutro.
Not everybody can afford the best cat food out there for their precious babies, we just can't. We are saving for other things (a vehicle, college, savings for
college) and we also have other pets to keep in mind. My animals eat into about $300 of my budget a year, which isn't bad, but I'm definitely not a spendy person. I like to keep my money close! So Nutro is a good middle-of-the-road brand. Maybe not so good as some other organic, grain-free, top-of-the-line food, but it is very decent.
Coming to wet, same thing. We can't all afford to feed expensive foods. It's good for our kitties, but as long as they stay healthy and happy, "decent" foods rather than "excellent" foods is superb! As I said, I feed Zoe a variety of brands now. But when she grows older I will probably feed mostly Nutro and Natural Balance, with MeowMix & Fancy Feast as twice-a-week treats, you know?
Just do some research and you will find alot on nutrition! Nobody can really tell you what to feed your cat; you need to find something that your cat likes to eat, that is fairly good in nutrition, and that fits your budget. Some people feed strictly wet, some feed strictly dry, some a mix. I do mostly dry with a spoonful of wet a day. Maybe not the best
thing for Zoe but she is in excellent health, with a beautiful coat and her stools aren't extremely stinky nor do they come abnormally often. Just find what works for you and your cat
. Nothing is a wrong choice! Well, I say nothing... the cheapest brand of dry with absolutely no wet will probably NOT be a good idea... Haha! Anyway, good luck with your mission!