Your cats diet is key to their health, to their longevity and to their happiness. This means it has a significant part to play in your happiness and in your budget. A healthy, happy cat will need little health care.
There’s a quotation that goes something like this “Let thy food be thy medicine”. It’s an ancient quote probably by someone who knew what they were talking about. Perhaps Paracelsus.
It is probably more true today than it has ever been, with all the hype and spin about commercial cat food, with all the lies and cheating that goes on in the name of profit.
This cannot be stressed enough. Everyone is affected by their diet. And food has never been so unhealthy. From the modern farming methods, to the chemicals used in processing, to the nutrient depleting refining processes, to the chemicals used to flavour, colour, to stimulate appetite, and yes, to create addictions.
Cat and pet food in general, is not subject to the more stringent laws that human food is. Even this falls badly short. So the animal food doesn’t stand a chance.
To give you an idea. Formaldehyde, or formalin, is used to embalm dead bodies. It’s a highly effective preservative. It’s so good, when it is used by the commercial cat food industry, its products will remain unspoilt even when left at room temperature for years.
Do you know of any human food, that allegedly contains meat, that does this?
Do you imagine that the regular intake of formaldehyde will not impact on your cats health?
Another major problem with modern cats diets is that it is not based on high protein. Cats evolved to consume a high protein diet, of high quality. Not only is the protein that goes into commercial cat food low quality (all the good parts are sold to the more lucrative human market), but it is scarce.
Protein costs far more to add to a product than does a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are cheap and in plentiful supply, if you are not too fussed about quality.
But quality aside, cats are not able to digest the quantity of carbohydrates found in commercial cat food, whether it is grain or not. Do you imagine that consuming this poor quality, indigestible, nutrient deficient diet, is not going to have an impact on your cats health?
It’s of little value consulting your vet about diet. Nutrition is not part of the syllabus at veterinary colleges. Amazing though this may seem, bearing in mind the enormous impact food has on health, this vital part of their training is left to – you guessed it – the commercial pet food industry.
You can see the effect this has. Virtually all veterinary clinics are piled from floor to ceiling with commercial pet food. All guaranteed to keep them in a lucrative business.
Become informed. Do your own research on cats diet. Become a thinker, rather than a follower. Your cat gives to you. Don’t you think you should do the same?