Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cat food information

It has been contended that feeding your cat dry foods is the number one cause of diabetes in cats, as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, urinary tract infections, and a host of other problems. Food allergies, so the argument goes, are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin, are all symptoms of food allergies probably from the grains in these types of foods. Constipation, for instance, is sometimes blamed on dry food because it does not provide enough moisture. Cats, unlike dogs, are obligate carnivores, and so unlike dogs they don’t need cereal or fibre. The problems associated with dry food are that they are loaded with carbohydrates, which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, most of the moisture a cat needs is supposed to be in the food (cats are not naturally big drinkers), but in dry food 95% of the moisture is zapped out in the processing. Finally, most dry foods don't use muscle meat as the primary ingredient, but use vegetable protein: not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.