Cat Food And It’s Dangerous Ingredients

September 27, 2009

in Cats

Most of us believe that when we buy food for our precious feline, it is good, healthy, nutritious food. But guess again! Finding a high quality food for your cat can be a bit tricky amongst the expert marketers of cat food all trying to get you as a customer by using words such as “approved by top vets” “Wholesome” “nutritious” not to mention deceptive labeling practices making it appear that “meat” is the number one ingredient.

There are many ingredients found in cat food that do not belong there. They have no value to your cat, instead they can be downright detrimental.

Pet food companies go through some effort to make you believe that grains are “wholesome” for your pet. The truth is that grains are implicated with a slew of health problems. Grains are also not part of a cat’s natural diet.

Corn, which can be found in most pet food, is a really bad ingredient. It is highly allergy producing, it irritates the intestines, and possibly the most detrimental problem is that corn has a high glycemic index.

Every time your cat eats food containing corn, there will be a spike in blood sugar levels. Cats do not metabolize foods the same way we do, and do not have the enzymes and hormones necessary to keep their blood sugar levels within normal range after consuming carbs. Cats are designed to get their energy from protein, not carbohydrates.

Commercial kibble containing corn has 30-60% carbohydrates. A cat in the wild, eating what nature intended for them to eat, will eat food containing 3-5% carbohydrates.

After a meal of corn containing kibble, the cat will have a spike in blood sugar. Cats do not release insulin after eating carbs, cats release insulin after eating protein, thus are inefficient lowering the blood sugar.

Constant spikes in blood sugar levels are taxing on vital organs such as liver and kidneys and taxing on the endocrine system. The end result is not infrequently insulin dependent feline diabetes.

Corn is also implicated in feline obesity. Cats do not register full from carbohydrates like we do. They register full from eating protein. In order to get their protein needs satisfied, the cat has to eat more food, thus becoming obese after ingesting foods rich in corn.

Finding a grain free food for your pet should be on the top of your list. Today there are grain free canned foods and even grain free kibble.

Getting your cat or dog, onto a food that does not contain corn is of utmost importance.

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