Someone nutritional needs are very specific and the nutritional quality of cat food is one of the most important factors in cat health and endurance. If you would like your cat to live a long and healthy lifetime, then you need to learn a little bit about cat food options.
Often the natural diet of cats in the wild is a meat-based regimen (eg. rodents and birds) that contains little carbohydrate. They are obligate (strict) carnivores, built by Mother Nature for getting nutritional needs met by eating a large amount of animal-based proteins (meat) and not so much from plant-based proteins (grains).
CATS COULD NOT EAT LIKE DOGS
Cats are very different from humans in addition to dogs in their nutritional needs. Humans and dogs can certainly live on a vegetarian diet… but cats cannot. All of proteins are NOT alike! This sounds a bit on the complex side, but proteins from animal tissues have a comprehensive amino acid profile and amino acids are the building blocks of aminoacids. Plant-based proteins do not contain the full compliment of the vital amino acids required by an obligate carnivore. Because health proteins in dry food is often heavily plant-based it is not similar in quality to the protein in most canned food, that is certainly meat-based. There. That’s the techie part. Humans and pets can live on plant protein. Cats cannot.
Why complete manufacturers sell dry food for cats, then? Grow proteins are cheaper than meat proteins, so furry friend food companies have a higher profit margin when using ingrown toenail, wheat, soy, rice, and so on in their formulas. They start being active . of the missing nutrients back in artificially in order to claim that products meet the nutritional needs of cats.
SO CAN YOU FEED THESE INDIVIDUALS REGULAR CAT FOOD?
Do cats survive on supplemented plant-based diets that are sold as quality pet meal? Yes, many of them do, but cats eating a effortlessly correct diet are less likely to suffer some of the common feline ailments, and more likely to live a full cat lifespan associated with 20 or more years. That’s right, 20 or so years. Of their natural setting, cats–whose unique biology makes them true carnivores–would not consume the high level of carbohydrates (grains) that are inside dry foods that we routinely feed them. In the outdoors, your cat would be eating a high protein, high-moisture, meat-based diet, with a moderate level of fat and with only just about 3-5 percent of her diet coming from carbohydrates. The standard dry cat food contains 35-50 percent carbohydrates! Several of the cheaper dry foods contain even higher levels. This isn’t the diet that Mother Nature intended for your cat to eat.
Why do we feed our carnivores like herbivores? Why are we providing our beloved cats such a species-inappropriate diet? The answers are simple. Grains are cheap. Dry food is convenient. Price and convenience sells.