First off, I congratulate you for considering an alternative to commercially made cat food. The two things that you need to know about cats:
- They are obligate carnivores. This means that they eat meat – not vegetables or fruits or grains. They can’t digest these food sources like other animals or humans.
- Cats evolved in desert terrain. They don’t have a “thirst mechanism.” Cats in the wild rely on their prey to sustain their moisture needs.
Commercial pet food has only been around for sixty some years. Before the 1950’s pets ate leftovers from the table, scraps from the butcher shop or hunted on their own in barns and sheds. The convenience and low price of canned or dry pet foods took over by the 1970s and the 1980s.
The problem with the pet food industry is that they treat cats like they were small dogs. The cat’s digestive system is nothing like a dog’s system. A carnivore’s stomach is very acidic, and the intestine of a cat is much shorter in length.
I don’t want to get too complicated with the science of a cat’s digestive system. We’ll just hit on a few points that make dry or canned cat food harmful for your pet. It’s really no different than raising a family on fast food. In the long run, it will cause illnesses to your family.
- No cat would eat dry cat food if it wasn’t for the addition of animal fats, protein hydrolysates, meat extracts, acid, and the amino acids like alanine, histidine, proline, and lysine to entice the cat.
- Commercial cat food contains substantial amounts of plant-based proteins, and only used because animal protein is more expensive. Plant protein changes the acidity of the cat’s digestive system.
- The change in the acid levels in a cat’s stomach slows down digestion, bacteria is not destroyed, and meat and bone don’t break down as they would with a cat’s natural diet. The main regulator for the cat’s liver and pancreatic functions is the acid levels in the stomach. The cat’s stomach is small and the small intestine is much shorter than omnivore’s, so the cat’s diet must be highly digestible.
- Carbohydrates make up to 50% of the ingredients in commercial pet dry and canned foods. The cat’s digestive system metabolizes only fat and proteins for energy. Carbohydrates are stored in the body as glycogen and fat. Excessive carbohydrates lead to obesity.
- Obesity leads to stress on the cat’s body, heart disease, arthritis, and urinary, liver, pancreatic issues too.
- The health of a cat is based on a carbohydrate-free diet. A fellow once told me that his cat was “domesticated” to eat dry food. Domestication or evolution have not changed the pet cat from their desert-dwelling forebearers.
- Dry food contains ten percent of what a cat needs daily in moisture. Canned food is much better for a cat because moisture levels are around 75% of what the cat needs. Cats can function fine around 65% of their daily fluid needs. Canned food will help eliminate urinary crystals from developing, which is one of the top diseases found in cats.
- Canned food has to be cooked at high temperatures leading to the breakdown of nutrients in the meat, which then lose vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- Also making the cat’s digestive system work harder because raw foods like Pooky’s have live enzymes that help in the digestion.
- With all this said I suggest that you read your cat food label. You will see large quantities of vegetable, fruits, grain and things that you can’t even pronounce. There is nothing in Pooky’s HomeMade that you won’t recognize.