Generally, the first 3-5 ingredients in a cat food should be a specific source of meat protein, like "chicken, chicken liver, chicken fat," etc. Your local pet store will have the healthy brands, and they are cost-comparative to low-quality pet food found at Walmart or supermarkets. Your cat will get more nutrition in smaller servings, as well as not need as many costly vet trips. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid: http://cats.about.com/od/catfoodandnutri… Wellness is a good, inexpensive brand that has a wide variety of food in chunks. Take a look a the available flavors here: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/dept.… (they kind in the pouches aren't pate). Grain-free is best.