Cat Nutrition 101
There is no argument that cats are obligate carnivores. They need a diet rich and meat and moisture in order to thrive and stay healthy. Why, then, do the commercial cat food companies insist on feeding them as though they’re omnivores? Cats have virtually no need for carbohydrates or starches – in fact, feeding cats diets heavy on these can cause a host of digestive issues and other health problems. Diabetes in cats has DOUBLED over the last 15 years, and we attribute that directly to feeding cats foods that are heavily loaded with sugar, and other indigestible fillers.
Cats are the most feral of our domesticated pets. They are by nature meant to hunt, to catch, kill, and eat the prey that they kill. What does this prey consist of? Meat, bones, organs, and, most importantly, water. Cats are simply not biologically programmed to drink a lot of water because they are meant to get most of their moisture from their food. In order to get cats to drink, most of the commercially available kibble food has added salt, but even with this addition, most cats simply do not drink enough water to counterbalance the dry food in their digestive systems. As a result, they must pull moisture from the rest of their bodies in order to digest and process the dry food, leaving many of them in a state of semi-dehydration. We feel that this is one main reason we see so many kidney and urinary tract issues is dry fed cats.
The fillers, and other non-digestible ingredients in dry food also contributes to much larger (and smellier!) stool. Many people who change their cats over to a raw or high-quality canned diet tell us that they can barely smell the litter box! We can help you with choosing the best food for your kitty!
For more information on cat nutrition, please visit www.feline-nutrition.org