What You Should Never Feed Your Cat -And You Probably Are!

January 13, 2016

in Cats

Finding a good food for your kitty may take a bit of detective work. Discounting advertising slogans such as “Wholesome” and “Recommended by veterinarians” along with the deceptive, yet legal, labels that allow “meat” to be the number 1 ingredient even though it is far down the list.

Unfortunately there are a number of ingredients in cat food that not only do not belong there, they can be detrimental to your cat.

While the pet food conglomerates want you to believe that grains are “wholesome” for your cat or dog, they are implicated with a long range of health problems. Not to mention grains have no part of the diet that our magnificent felines have evolved on for the past few millions of years.

The use of corn is a very bad addition to your cat’s or dog’s food. It causes allergic reactions and acts as an irritant to the bowel. Possibly a problem of an even greater magnitude is the fact the 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.

In the wild cats consume approximately 3-5% of their diet as carbohydrates. Commercial kibble containing corn contains from 30-60% carbohydrates.

A cat eating kibble will have a blood sugar spike after their meal. Cats, having again a very different way of metabolizing food, do not release insulin in response to a high carb content meal like we do. They release insulin in response to eating meat.

The high blood sugar is highly taxing on organs such as kidneys and liver, taxing on the endocrine system and the end result is frequently feline diabetes, degenerative and auto immune diseases, and diseases of the bowel, such as inflammatory bowel disease.

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.

Getting your pet onto a food that contains no grains should be a goal for all pet owners and can reverse illnesses such a IBD and even insulin dependent diabetes.

A grain free food for your dog or cat will make a real improvement in their health.

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