What should you look for in Cat Food?
- Diverse Proteins - Protein is the cornerstone of any diet, but all proteins are not created equal. In fact, every protein contains a unique compliment of amino acids, which are “building blocks” of the body. Ideally, a cat food should contain at least (3) three different protein sources to provide a wide array of amino acids.
- Animal Fat - Cats derive significant nutrition from animal fats. While vegetable oil may sound healthier to consumers. Canines actually need the nutrients found in fats from animal sources. Three specific nutritional components are not found in vegetable fats. Additionally, there’s great variation in the quality of animal fats so be sure to verify that the source is species specific. For example: Chicken Fat NOT Animal Fat.
- Vitamins A, C & E - Some of the most effective antioxidants are vitamins A, C & E. Ample evidence supports that cat food should contain guaranteed amounts of vitamins A,C &E, to ensure adequate antioxidant intake necessary for wellness.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids - The benefits of dietary fatty acids are well known and are some of the most extensively researched naturally occurring nutritional ingredients in the world. Not only should cat foods feature Omega-3 fatty acids, they should include a guaranteed amount. For optimum benefit, they need to be scientifically balanced with Omega-6 fatty acids. Not only will the perfect balance support healthy skin and shiny coats, these fatty acids also maintain overall health.
- Prebiotics - Cat food should contain prebiotics, ingredients that promote the growth of “healthy” and “friendly” bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. Prebiotics occur naturally in foods, just like vitamins and minerals occur naturally in foods. However, researchers have found that only oligofructose and inulin meet the scientific definition of prebiotics.
- Probiotics - Often referred to as “friendly” bacteria” or “healthy microorganisms”, probiotics aid in the digestive process. For these reasons and others, your cats food should feature guaranteed amounts of probiotics such as L. casei, B. thermophilum, and E. facecium.
- Green Foods - contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, trace minerals and other nutrients. These combine to support overall wellness. Be sure your cat food contains green foods such as alfalfa sprouts.
- Gluten Free - Cat foods should not contain grains like corn, wheat, soy, corn gluten or wheat gluten which are generally used as cheap and inferior sources of protein. Additionally, these grain based ingredients are highly susceptible to toxic mold contamination. REFUSE any product with these ingredients. There is NO EXCUSE to risk the health of your pet.