Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Your Cat is Trying to Tell You About His Food

This past week, we came across an interesting article in the news section of PetfoodIndustry.com¹ that brought attention to a 2010 study done on adult cats. “The study, 'Geometric analysis of macronutrient selection in adult domestic cats, Felis catus,' looked at whether adult domesticated cats, given a choice of three foods with variable amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat, would deliberately select a food that is biologically appropriate for them.” After looking over the study, as well as reading PetfoodIndustry.com's well-written summary of the study, we are confident that cats would choose Nature's Logic over other brands. Our formulas are created to be as close as what a feline would eat in the wild, including lots of protein and naturally-derived vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Cats Need Meat

One of the major findings of the study was that cats kept on a high-carbohydrate diet were not able to eat enough food to obtain the required amount of protein. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need high levels of protein from animal ingredients, rather than from plant-based proteins, in order to survive. Protein from animal ingredients differs from plant-based protein in that it provides a complete amino acid profile.

One of the amino acids that cat owners may be familiar with is taurine. Taurine contributes to a cat’s health in a number of ways, including supporting vision, digestion, and heart function. Cats’ bodies are unable to make taurine, so they must get this important nutrient from their diet.² This essential amino acid is found in animal protein and not protein that is derived from plant ingredients.

Nature's Logic uses high-quality proteins and fats obtained predominantly from animal sources, just as cats would naturally consume these nutrients in the wild. Our foods range in dry matter protein content from 31.5% to 51.69%, depending upon the specific product, and exceed the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for all essential amino acids. If the cats in this study were fed Nature’s Logic, they would have had no problem getting all the protein they needed.

Cats Need Fewer Carbs

Cats know what they need and naturally eat it when they can.According to study authors, when given a choice, cats learn to avoid eating an excessive amount of carbohydrates because they do not produce the enzymes required to digest high amounts of carbohydrates.¹A biologically-appropriate diet should therefore be low in carbohydrates.

Nature's Logic consciously formulates our foods to be low in carbohydrates, like cats need. We achieve this by using millet in our dry foods as the starch needed to bind the kibble. Millet is gluten-free, hypo-allergenic, and lower in carbohydrates than common “grain-free” alternatives like potato, sweet potato, and tapioca.³ Further, a grass seed, like millet, is similar to one a carnivore in the wild might consume from eating the stomach of a bird or herbivore. It is much more likely to occur naturally in a wild cat’s diet so will be more familiar to their digestive systems.4

Did You Get That?

We, as pet owners, should be as critical of our cat's food as they are. A cat's body was designed for a high- protein, low-carbohydrate diet, and that is exactly what Nature's Logic provides for your feline. For more information on all Nature's Logic diets and products, visit www.natureslogic.com.

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