Cats are obligate carnivores. That means by their genetic makeup, they MUST eat the tissue of other animals to THRIVE... Meaning their nutrition should come from other ANIMALS.
Is anyone following what I'm saying? In order to THRIVE, they need meat. But not just meat, they need the entire animal. Wild prey is amazingly adept at feeding themselves. Thankfully, unlike humans, they seek out healthy, nutrient rich foodstuffs. These foods supply their bodies with all the nutrients needed for them to grow, reproduce and be healthy even during times of stress. Those same nutrients are stored in the cells of their tissues, and different tissues yield different sources of nutrition for predators. Here is a great website to read through by a veterinarian... Little Big Cat
Isn't that amazing????
The prey packages itself and makes the nutrients available to the predator. Everything the predator needs is there- fiber, minerals, joint support, vitamins, probiotics, fatty acids, water, enzymes and more. Prey can sustain a predator for its lifetime and allow them to THRIVE.
How many cats have you seen THRIVING on dry cat food? Personally, I've seen only seen one that is doing pretty well, but we still have to add minerals and fish oil. But she is also slowing down a lot at age 12. Otherwise, most are fat, sluggish, have tear stains, infections, diabetes, arthritis, poor hair coat, hyperthyroidism, cloudy eyes, kidney failure and mostly just SURVIVE on cat food. Kind of pitiful when you think about it. They are meant to prowl, stalk, chase and feast on their catch, and now they are reduced to eating devitalized pieces of junk food from an ever-flowing bowl of disease and made to sleep most of the day away. It's no wonder cats have so many ailments now when we take a peek at the ingredients of low-end dry food. Soy protein, rice, potatoes, tapioca, wheat, corn, by-product meals (which can consist of 4D animals-dead, diseased, dying and disabled and the left over carcases of animals for human consumption) are usually the base of the food. Basically the majority of the meat/protein is removed for our food, so they have to replace the protein with plant products because they are cheaper. I don't trust any company that cuts corners to make cheap products and ALSO claims to make "high-end" kibble. NO. Please do research on a brand and see who it is actually owned by. You may be very surprised!
Most cats are given a bad rap because they are moody, loud and throw up on everything. Well, wouldn't you do that too if you were being sustained on long since dead, diseased, over-cooked, dehydrated "food" that has to be sprayed with fat just to make it taste better? Not to mention colored with toxic dyes and to make the food more appealing to OWNERS. That's correct, kibble is dyed to be appealing to the owner, not the animal.
While we are discussing cat care, let's talk about the practices we are told are "safe and normal" for cats that actually affect them both physically and psychologically. Many owners have never stopped to think what declawing actually is.. Maybe because they have not been in the back of a vet office or maybe because no one really tells us.... Let me explain. They don't do an actual surgery and nicely remove each nail. They clip off the entire first part of the toe (equivalent to the first knuckle on your finger) with a dog nail clipper while the kitten/cat is sedated, then glue the wounds togerther. Yes. I've personally witnessed it in two separate vet clinics. It's the most barbaric thing I have ever seen. This CRIPPLES the cat. And then everyone wonders why cats go crazy when we try to take them back to the vet. Would you ever forget being taken into an office and left by your care giver to be tortured and have your fingers cut off?? I sure wouldn't.
Let's start looking for the truth, listening to our animals and learning what they need. When we really stop to observe the animal and it's true health, I think they paint a pretty clear and accurate picture for us. We just have to hone our skills and open our eyes! Animals do not have any ulterior motives, they don't try to hide anything, they don't do things just to annoy us. Every little thing should be telling us something.
For instance, a lot of cats are VERY grouchy and do not want to be touched anywhere but their head. Could it be that they are in pain? Observe their faces carefully as they are sitting or looking at you. Do they look genuinely happy? Ears upright, relaxed face and eyes, stretched out comfortably, seeking attention, happy to be touched. Or do they appear "grumpy?" Ears out to the side or back, scrunched face, squinty eyes, hunched over position, always seeking warm places or seeking dark corners, hissing when touched... Get the picture? They are ALWAYS telling us something, we just have to learn what they are saying!