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WORST Diet for your Cat

Dry Cat Food - Why?

  • Too Low in Moisture
      • Cats are naturally semi-dehydrated, originating as they do from a desert species.   
      • Your cat needs his food to have a moisture content of between 65 and 75%.
      • Cats are designed to fulfil most of their water requirements by eating fresh raw food.  Therefore, they have a low thirst drive.  

    • Problems with Low Moisture Content?  
      • Cats on a dry food diet are prone to chronic dehydration
      • This can cause their urine to become overly concentrated which can lead to urinary tract problems.

Cats fed dry food risk becoming chronically dehydrated, increasing the risk of urinary and kidney problems. Most of a cat’s moisture requirements come from food.  

Cats are designed to fulfil most of their water requirements by eating fresh raw food, therefore they have a low thirst drive.  

Wild Cat Diet - Provides about 70% Moisture
Dry cat food - Provides less than 10% moisture

  • Too High in Carbohydrates
      • Carbohydrates are usually thought of as energy foods.  
      • But cats use protein and fat to convert to energy and therefore have a very limited ability to utilize and digest carbohydrates.  

    • Problems with High Levels of Carbs?  
      • The high levels of carbohydrates in dry cat food promotes obesity
      • High levels of carbs are also linked to feline diabetes and pancreatitis

Wild Cat Diet - Provides about 6% Carbs
Dry cat food - Provides about 43% Carbs

  • Wrong Type of Proteins
      • Cats have no nutritional requirement for grain and have a limited ability to digest these type of carbohydrates
      • Carbohydrates in the form of grains break down in the body to sugar, elevating blood sugar levels which in turn puts a strain on the pancreas which needs to produce sufficient insulin to return blood sugars to ‘normal’.
      • Over time, the cat’s immune system becomes stressed and out of balance

    • Problems with Proteins from Grains?  
      • Long-term chronic illness, including  -
        • poor gut health,
        • slower healing,
        • alergies,
        • poor digestion,
        • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and
        • immune system disorders.
    • Leading to a range of diseases including -
        • chronic infections,
        • cancer,
        • Hyperthyroidism
        • Cushing’s disease
        • Addison’s disease (adrenal over– and under-production of cortisol)
        • pancreatitis
        • diabetes

Commercial dry cat foods—whether the top-priced premium brands, prescription varieties, supermarket brands, or those labelled ‘natural’- are mostly grain-based.  

Not only is your cat limited in the ability to digest these grain-based proteins, they don’t provide the essential amino acids that a cat needs, like taurine.    

A cat’s complete protein needs are found in foods such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs.  

Your cat needs protein from animal sources.
Wild Cat Diet - Provides about 49% Protein
Dry cat food - Wrong type of Protein

There’s still discussion as to whether heart disease in cats can also be attributed to dry cat foods.
   Contact Nola of Oz Catz :   
Phone: 03 5997 6414    Mobile: 0418 549 987   Email: ocicats@optusnet.com.au
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