#Caturday: Is your cat eating junk food?

by 1389 on November 2, 2013

in Caturday, food and drink

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Cats (felids) are obligate carnivores. That means cats must have meat to live. Cats don’t need grain products, sugars, or starches.

According to Wikipedia:

Obligate carnivores

Obligate carnivores or ‘true’ carnivores depend on the nutrients only found in animal flesh for their survival. While they may consume small amounts of plant material, they lack the physiology required for the efficient digestion of vegetable matter and, in fact, some carnivorous mammals eat vegetation specifically as an emetic.

Some research indicates that felids including the domestic cat are obligate carnivores requiring a diet of primarily animal flesh and organs.[5] Specifically, cats’ metabolisms appear unable to synthesize certain essential nutrients (including retinol, taurine, and arachidonic acid) out of vegetable matter, and thus rely on animal protein in their diet to supply these elements. Synthetic forms of essential nutrients such as taurine in the lab have allowed feed manufacturers to formulate foods for carnivores including domestic pets and zoo animals with varying amounts of plant material.

As Natural News points out in Cigarettes, Lies, and Pet Food Advertising, some commercial cat foods are made up primarily of grain products that offer no nutritional benefit to cats, even though their ads imply otherwise. Always read the ingredient list before buying pet food.

Ingredients are listed by pre-cooked weight. When buying cat food, make sure that meat, poultry, or seafood (and not just by-products) are high up on the list.

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1 GG May 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

There’s an online fundraiser going on right now that is raising money so that massive pet food testing can be done so that we can all see exactly what is in many of the pet foods out there. This will be huge if enough money is raised. Here’s the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-pet-food-test

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