Cat health is deteriorating faster and faster nowadays. Being that cats are obligate carnivores but are often fed processed dry cat food, they are not getting the proper nutrients that they need to thrive. Learn more about the best nutrition for your cat and the many health benefits to feeding your cat a more species appropriate diet.
Cat health is deteriorating faster and faster nowadays. Being that cats are obligate carnivores and are being forced to eat processed dry cat food, they are not getting the proper nutrients that they need to thrive. There are a lot of common illnesses in cats that didn’t exist 100 years ago. We need to start feeding cats a species appropriate diet and be more aware of their nutritional needs.
What is an appropriate diet for a cat?
Meat and lots of it! Like I mentioned before, cats are through and through carnivores and thrive on a fully raw meat diet. This includes raw muscle meat, bone, and organ just like a cat in the wild would eat. Cats digestive tracts are not designed to process all the fillers and additives in a cooked or kibble-based diet. They have short and acidic digestive tracts that are designed to swiftly and effectively utilize food, raw food.
Flaky skin, constant flea problem, parasites, digestive issues, thyroid problems, pancreas problems, urinary issues, and respiratory issues are just some of the issues that have become very common in cats. All of these issues stem from a lack of nutrition. When feeding a kibble diet that contains grain, the body has to work at least twice as hard to process the food and digest it. This puts a strain on the entire body. A lot of the other ingredients will even turn to sugar while they are being digested. This is a fuel source for cancer. When the food is cooked at high temperatures a lot of the important nutrients are killed and have to be added back in at the end of processing to make it complete and balanced cat food. Most companies tend to use synthetic vitamins and minerals, but these again cannot properly be absorbed by the cats, so they are missing out.
Another huge issue with feeding dry food is cats tend to become dehydrated very easily when fed only dry consistently. Cats are designed to get the majority of their moisture from their food, and if the food is dry they are not receiving any. They are naturally programmed to not drink a lot of water.
Is your cat overweight?
When you feed a processed cooked kibble diet to your cats, they feel hungry all the time and are probably driving you crazy asking for food every 10 minutes. This is because they are not getting all of the nutrients out of the food that they need. This then causes them to overeat in an attempt to make up for the lost nutrients. If you switch to a more appropriate diet they will feel fuller and more satisfied. They will sleep through the night and have more energy during the day to burn off more calories. You should see weight loss pretty quickly once transitioned because the body is able to utilize the nutrients better that the body is receiving and taking in.
Nutrition in cats is one of the most important subjects related to feline health that often seems to be missed or simply overlooked. It can require a lot of researching of information up front and seem like a lot of work, but once you see how happy and well your cat does it will all be worth it. Just remember that kibble diets were created for our convenience, not anything to do with how good they are for cats.
When you feed your cats a more species appropriate diet, you should see improved digestion, reduced stool odor, a healthier coat, more energy, better dental and urinary health - an overall happier and healthier cat. Exactly what you should want for your furry family member!