Tips for Transitioning your cats from dry to canned food and why its a healthy choice.
One reason that cats like dry food so much is because the pet food companies do not play fair when manufacturing this sub-optimal food source. They coat the kibble with extremely enticing animal digest sprays which are very pleasing to a cat – making a poor quality diet very desirable to the target animal. In addition to the aforementioned coating of dry food with animal digests, another issue is one of a
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Diet is the brick and mortar of health. This paper lays out some often-ignored principles of feline nutrition and explains why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a quality canned food diet instead of dry kibble. Putting a little thought into what you feed your cat(s) can pay big dividends over their lifetime and very possibly help them avoid serious, painful and costly illnesses. An increasing number of American Veterinary Medical Association members, including board-certified veterinary practitioners, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned food instead of dry kibble. The three key negative issues associated with dry food are: 1) type of protein – too high in plant-based versus animal-based proteins 2) carbohydrate load is too high 3) water content is too low.
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A cat’s normal prey is ~70% water. Canned food is ~78% water. Dry food is ~5-10% water. Cats have a low thirst drive and they do not make up the deficit at the water bowl. They are designed to get water with their food.
Cats do not need food available at all times. It really is okay for them to experience a hunger pain! That
said, it was very hard for me to listen to my cats begging for food even though I was strong in my
conviction that I was heading them in the best direction for optimal health. It truly was a stressful time for
me and them. Actually, I think it was harder on me! This is where many people fail and just give in and fill
up the dry food bowl. There were a few times when I had to call my ‘sponsor’ and was instructed to “just
leave the house if you can’t take looking into those eyes!” I left the house. Those pitiful little cries of “I
have not had food for two WHOLE hours!” were hard to take. But, lo and behold, they were just fine when
I returned. Not one cat had died from hunger.
“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”
― Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives