IMPORTANT FACTS ON CAT FOOD THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
-Urinary blockages and crystals,
-Chronic kidney disease,
-Fatty liver disease,
Some of the most common cat diseases associated with commercial cat food include recurring kidney and bladder problems, especially where they are fed dry food. Naturally, cats do not drink a lot of water and for this reason, they need moist food in order to digest their food properly. Moist food also helps them eliminate digested byproducts through the bladder and kidney.
Why do many people buy commercial food for their cats?
Many people buy commercial food because they are persuaded by their veterinarians to do so. It has been established that a number of veterinarian use half-truths and 'fear tactics in order to achieve their objective. For them, selling commercial food is easier that explaining other options which are much healthier. In addition, veterinary clinics and pet food companies earn a lot of money from selling commercial cat food. These companies also provide incentives and sponsorship to top -selling veterinary clinics, thus encouraging them to sell more commercial food to their customers.
Many veterinarians also argue that raw food is dangerous for cats and in addition, they also say home prepared meals are low in minerals and vitamins.
What are some of the problems associated with commercial cat food?
First and foremost, most of the minerals and vitamins contained in these foods are synthetic. Other problems include the following:
-They have a high content of carbohydrates whereas cats need more proteins and fat.
-They are very different from what a cat eats while in the wild.
-They contain chemical flavorings as well as other additives that make them addictive to cats.
-They are made from poor quality ingredients, especially meat that may contain harmful substances, including heavy metals, pesticides, and contaminants, among others.
- Commercial cat Foods that are fish-flavored may contain lots of poor quality fish parts that may cause crystals in the urine, leading to kidney and heart damage as a result of the presence of heavy metals, including mercury.
-The food is not tested for contamination unless problems occur, including pet death. The manufacturers of commercial cat food do not follow any set standards for quality control.
-Some of them have high content of salt which can predispose to hypertension ( high blood pressure ) which can result in serious damage to the heart, kidney, and eyes if severe enough.
-Be careful with food coloring as they can cause allergic reactions and gastrointestinal upset to your cat.
Which better options are available?
There are certainly better food options for your cat which comprise a more 'natural’ diet that is much healthier. Cats need raw food as much as possible . The best foods for your cat include:
-Canned baby food
-Fruits. i.e; Melon, banana
-Vegetable. i.e; carrots, spinach, asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens.
As a matter of fact, some of this natural food for cat might be more expensive than commercial cat food, even pricier than the premiums.. For this reason you may need to look for an easier option for feeding your cat natural and healthy meals. Some of the ways to achieve objective is through self-education, reading the labels carefully on all food products, as well as involving yourself in doing some feeding trials at home.