pet diet and nutrition

Your pets diet and nutrition is just as important for pets as it is for people. When looking for a food for you pet, read the ingredients label. Watch out for fillers like corn and wheat. Choose foods that have meat as the main ingredient and which are grain-free. In addition, choosing a food that is made in the USA will ensure stricter quality inspection standards. Ideally your pet should be on a raw food diet. Converting your pet to a raw meat and raw vegetable diet will ensure they are getting the healthiest and freshest meal possible.

What’s Really In Pet Food

The well-known phrase “meat byproducts” is a misnomer since these byproducts contain little, if any, meat. These are the parts of the animal left over after the meat has been stripped away from the bone. Meat meal can contain the boiled down flesh of animals we would find unacceptable for consumption. Many preservatives make their way into pet food at rendering plants before the meat is even sent to the manufacturer. Many pet owners are discovering there are more natural alternatives to commercial pet food. Natural health food stores usually stock a few varieties of all-natural pet foods. There are other owners who go even prepare their pets’ foods from real, whole ingredients. Read more of this article  at  Natural News.

A growing number of veterinarians state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. Consumers are being duped into believing that they are feeding their pets healthy foods, when in actuality they are feeding nothing more than inferior meat meals, cheap grains (including corn and soy), fillers, by-products, pesticides, preservatives and toxins. Find out more about harmful toxins in processed foods here Shirleys Wellness Cafe.


Pet Diet and Nutrition

A comparison of healthy cats on raw foods and those on heated diets. Dr. Pottenger found that only diets containing raw milk and raw meat produced optimal health. Cooking the meat or substituting heat-processed milk for raw resulted in heterogeneous reproduction and physical degeneration, increasing with each generation. Behavioral characteristics, arthritis, sterility, skeletal deformities and allergies are some of the problems that are associated with the consumption of cooked foods.
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Cats’ digestive systems are finely tuned to handle things humans can’t. Their stomachs have a highly acidic environment, which is an excellent deterrent to ingested bacteria. In the wild, cats sometimes eat some pretty putrid stuff with no ill effects. However, there are steps you can take if you have concerns about salmonella, e coli, or other bacteria. Avoid packaged supermarket ground beef. Buy “free-range” meat and poultry. Add probiotics. Use safe handling procedures.

Max’s House article on feline nutrition thoroughly covers all aspects of cat nutrition and compares the specific nutritional needs of cats to the nutrition found in dry and canned cat foods. The cat thrives with very little, if any, direct ingestion of plant material. Cats do not have a dietary requirement for carbohydrates. The cat needs proportionally more protein in its diet compared to other mammals. Cats ingest not only the flesh and organs of their prey but also the partially and wholly digested vegetable foods the prey had eaten. With the assistance of the prey’s own digestive processes, the cat then is able to derive nutrition from various vegetable sources.

The information contained herein is not medical advice and is not intended to replace the advice or attention of your pet veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your diet or starting a supplement program.