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Feeding Your Cat
Getting back to basics

Tabby eating dry cat foodFeeding your cat is the most basic concern of all cat lovers.   After the toxic food poisoning incident that hit the United States, cat owners are evaluating their cat food choices. 

Cats are carnivores, and as such, are natural predators. Farm, barn and feral cats' diets consists almost entirely of animal tissue. They hunt to fill their bellies with the creatures they capture. This means they consume very high amounts of lean protein with little to no carbohydrates and just a moderate amount of fat. 

The cat is an "obligate carnivore."  That means they have requirements for certain nutrients found only in animal tissue.  They must eat meat to survive.  They need a very high protein diet.  Here are some nutrients they get when they eat raw - yes raw - meats.

  • Taurine,

  • Arginine,

  • Amino acids,

  • Animal protein.

You are in charge of feeding your cat and her cat food choices.  Well...she may help you out a bit with the cat food choices by turning tail on some meals.  Your challenge is to provide her a quality diet that provides a similar balance of lots of protein, a little fat and just a hint of carbohydrates. 

The case against commercial cat food products

Cat's must eat meat to survive.
Dry food is loaded with carbohydrate content like corn, soy meal, and cranberries - for goodness sake.  The meat in the product is cooked.  The cooking process removes many essential vitamins and nutritional components, like amino acids and taurine.  These nutrients have to be added back into the meal.  That's why pet food manufacturers add back in vitamins, fats, and for whatever reason - grains.  Cat eating raw fish

Think about your last trip to the pet food aisle.  Just how many different products did you have to choose from?  If all these cat food products were really nutritionally balanced, would we really need so may different products. 

And what about the 'prescription' brand products.  Is the nutritional content so much better in these diets? 

Who do you trust?

In 2007, more than 5,600 pet food items were recalled after the discovery that the chemical melamine found in imported wheat gluten, rice gluten and corn gluten has been making thousands of pets sick.  Over 2,400 cats were reported killed by this negligence. 

You are in charge of feeding your cat and you control her food choices.  Well...she may help you out a bit if she's an outdoor cat and catches mice or rodents. 

Your challenge is to provide her a quality diet that provides a similar balance of lots of protein, a little fat and just a hint of carbohydrates.  I found Dr. Jones' information on The Truth Behind the Pet Food Recall a real eye opener.   If you get it, please let me know what you think about his philosophy. 

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