Do you ever stop and wonder if your beloved feline friend is getting the nutrition they need? Have you ever taken a close look at their tongue and thought about its purpose? It’s not there for licking the kibble off their bowl; it’s designed for a very different job. Let’s delve into the world of dry cat food, or as we like to call it, “kitty crack,” and why it might be causing more harm than good.
Cats are obligate carnivores, indicating that their physiology is finely tuned to flourish on a diet of animal-based foods. Look at their sharp teeth and barbed tongue – those are tools for tearing, shredding, and devouring prey. Their bodies are finely tuned for extracting moisture from their meals, which typically consist of 80% to 90% moisture by weight.
Now, consider the kibble in your cat’s bowl – it’s dry, and it contains minimal moisture, usually around 10%. This forces your cat to compensate by drinking more water, but here’s the catch: cats aren’t great at drinking water. Their tongues and mouths are designed for consuming prey, not for efficient drinking.
Feeding your cat dry food can lead to chronic dehydration, putting undue stress on their kidneys and bladder. This chronic dehydration often results in concentrated urine, which can lead to crystals forming in the bladder. These crystals can cause urinary tract issues and discomfort for your furry friend.
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One of the most significant concerns associated with kibble-fed cats is chronic kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease is incurable and typically appears in mid to later life. Symptoms include increased urine volume, dull coat, vomiting, reduced energy, and excessive thirst. A simple blood test can confirm the diagnosis, but by then, much of the kidney tissue may be non-functional.
It’s time for a change in our approach to feline nutrition. Cats are not designed to eat kibble. These diets are often laden with low-quality protein sources, starch, and cheap fillers. High sugar content in kibble can lead to diabetes, obesity, liver disease, dental issues, and even cancer.
So, what’s the solution? It’s simple – transition your cat to a diet that aligns with their natural needs. Consider high-quality, moisture-rich foods that mirror their ancestral diet.
Are you curious to learn more about feline nutrition and health? Tune in to “THE RAW DOG FOOD TRUTH PODCAST” to delve deeper into this important topic. Your cat will thank you for it!
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