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The Dangers of Most Cat Foods
Why are most cat foods dangerous?
Most cat foods contain a high percentage of carbohydrates. Cats cannot effectively digest these carbohydrates; cats can't produce the enzymes needed to digest carbohydrates. Over time this inability to digest their food properly can lead to serious illnesses. According to the Feline Nutrition Education Society, "A cat's natural diet, usually rodents, rabbits, insects and birds, is usually less than 2% carbohydrate. Dry cat food is generally 25-50% carbohydrate. Not only does this excess carbohydrate promote obesity in cats, but also is implicated in diabetes. Obesity doesn't cause diabetes. Rather, obesity and diabetes appear to have the same cause, too much carbohydrate in the diet."
Comparing Cat Foods
When looking for a cat food brand that is healthy for your cat, you will want to avoid those high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Your cat also needs fat in his diet.
At Sahja.com, you can see that some of the well-known brands of cat food are very high in carbohydrates. For example, Purina Cat Chow has 37% carbohydrates, Friskies Indoor Delights has 38% carbohydrates, Science Diet Ideal Balance Mature has 34.3% carbohydrates, Natural Balance Pea and Chicken has 38.9% grain-free carbohydrates.
They also state that a cat's favorite food, a mouse, has 55.8% protein and 23.6% fat, which should be an indication of what cat's need to be healthy.
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Recommended Cat Foods
Canned cat foods are good for your cat because they are moist and provide water that cats need in their food. They also tend to be higher in protein content than dry cat foods. Below is a list of recommended cat foods based on protein and fat content:
- Blue Wilderness cat foods are made with healthy ingredients for your cat. Their website is full of information that will help to educate you about reading labels and looking for the right amounts of protein content in your cat's food. Regarding protein, Blue Wilderness states, "Cats are obligate carnivores and have high requirements for meat. All BLUE recipes contain real meat as the first ingredient."
- Evo cat foods boast the highest protein and lowest carbs of grain free dog and cat food to maintain a strong, lean body, without sacrificing energy levels. Surprisingly, they offer great deals such as "buy 10 get 1 free" and free shipping from their website. I ordered a case of canned food for my cat and have been very surprised how far it goes. He is more content with less food, so we are feeding him much less.