Holistic Cat Nutrition
What is holistic cat nutrition?
Holistic cat nutrition takes into account the
study of species appropriate diets of our companion animal’s wild ancestors
determined that grains were not necessary in their daily diet. Cats are
obligate carnivores and their nutritional foundation should come from a high
protein, high moisture diet consisting of natural meat, organs, and bones.
then, is grain in most of our dry and canned pet foods? It is a less expensive
source of nutrients and energy than meat, and it serves as a binding agent to
keep the kibble formed even though the process of cooking the rendered kibble
kills all enzymes needed to thrive.
Why should you evaluate your cat's nutrition?
In order to provide holistic cat nutrition, it is important to evaluate your cat’s diet to ensure you are providing enough
moisture and enzymes to keep the organs functioning properly. If your kitten or
cat is eating a diet unfit for felines such as an all dry kibble or a diet
containing too much grain, their organs can become stressed.
Cats on all dry
diets live in a chronic state of dehydration, and over time, kidney, liver and
digestive diseases can appear due to stressed organs that must work harder to
function properly. Many do not realize how important proper holistic cat nutrition is and
can prevent diseases. The correct core diet can be determined by muscle
testing. Proper nutrition can even heal physical and behavioral issues. To
learn more about muscle testing, click here
Were you aware that...
- Cats are built to
acquire their protein and nutrients (amino acids) needed from meat. Dry food
(kibble) contains very little water and cats on a kibble diet need to increase
their intake of water, but since cats are not natural thirsters they are less
likely to get adequate amount of hydration on a kibble diet alone. Cats on a
dry food diet are at risk for the Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.
- Grains seem to play a
significant role in many allergies and grains contribute to chronic diseases
such as diabetes and cancer.
- Felines do not have
amylase in their saliva needed to break down starches and it is the starch that
creates the tartar build-up – they do not need grains and starch in their diet.
- Moisture is required
in the diet for proper organ function and cats in the wild are designed to eat
@ 70-90% moisture that they get naturally from the prey content. Dry food only
provides @ 12% moisture.
- You should avoid these
ingredients when buying commercial dry or canned food: Meat Meal, Animal Fat,
By-products, Soybean Meal, Corn, Rice Gluten, Wheat Mids, Rice Bran, Wheat
bran, Flour, *BHA, *BHT, *Ethoxyquin, *Artificial Flavors and Colors,
*Propylene Glycol, *Corn Syrups, *Sugars, *Sucrose, *Fructose, and *(Menadione
dimethylprimidinol sulfate) *beware of treats with these toxic ingredients
- This is the Criteria
of good ingredients to look for: Whole, fresh meat source should rank in the
top 2 ingredients, or single source meat meal (ie chicken instead of “poultry”
meal) – Superior sources of protein, Whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables and
other foods with a minimum of food fragments – brewer’s yeast, wheat bran.
- The best holistic cat nutrition you can
offer your cat is a well-balanced and natural raw diet. Raw means that the
protein is in its natural state without hormones or being cooked so it still
contains the nutrients and enzymes needed to boost the immune system. It is
important to include all of the components of a raw diet – RMB (Raw Meaty Bones
for calcium) muscle meat, organs and some veggies if needed. The ratio of bone
to meat is extremely important so muscular skeletal diseases do not occur.
- Cats should not eat
the same protein every day for months or even years. Without rotating the
proteins allergy and skin issues arise and the issues are simply from an
imbalance of fats in the body as a result of not rotating or incorporating
different proteins in the diet.
- The worst holistic cat nutrition you
could feed your feline is an un-balanced raw diet that may only consist of a
couple of chicken breasts or chicken legs and fruits or vegetables. This is not
all a cat would eat in the wild if you think of a mouse carcass – it has bones,
muscle, organs and stomach contents.