Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Closer Look At Cans

It was reported a few years ago that more canned pet food diets were fed in Europe than dry food. That might not be the case now with the marketing from big commodity diets chasing dollars, but it was the case for certain not long ago.

A couple months ago we published an article where we highly recommended adding moisture to dry pet food to make it more genetically proper for dogs and cats since their prey diet would be very high in moisture, not dry like kibble. Canned food is high in moisture, which makes it more genetically proper for a carnivore assuming the ingredients are proper and healthy.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Things to Consider About Cat Food

From Scott Freeman, Founder of Nature's Logic

  • Most typical dry cat foods do not incorporate enough meat and sometimes no organ meat to be really carnivore appropriate. These insufficient diets not only must use synthetic vitamin and mineral packs, but also added synthetic taurine and other synthetic amino acids such as dl-methionine. If using a proper percentage of meat and organ meat, there would be no need to add these synthetic ingredients. Almost all of these added synthetic supplements and amino acids are made in China, and most are toxic and some lethal at high levels. Many site in their documentation the LD50 levels. LD50 is the amount, if fed, that would be fatal at that dosage to 50% or more of the test animals. Here is an example of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of synthetic Taurine showing the LD 50 levels and other toxicology information. (see Section 11. Toxicological Information) 
  • Don't free feed dry food; don't leave it out. Dr. Pitcairn in one of his famous books titled, “Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats” literally begs cat owners not to free feed dry food and never leave it out. Cats need moisture in their diets. Their prey in the wild would be around 70% moisture; not 10% or less moisture like dry cat food. Not only do most dry cat foods contain little moisture, most are high in carbohydrates and low in animal protein content lacking adequate muscle and organ meat. Dr. Pitcairn said, as a way to make a point to his customer, “if you want your cats to have bladder problems, feed dry food all the time and leave it out.” In other words, he recommends cats be given portion feedings to restrict calories to only what they need daily, and to incorporate wet food into a cat's diet.

So what about Nature's Logic?
From the dry, to wet, to raw frozen, it is high in animal protein, and all diets incorporate organ meat. Because of our formulations, not a one of them needs to be supplemented with synthetic vitamins, minerals or amino acids. For example, you will never see Taurine as an ingredient because all Nature's Logic Feline diets contain more than adequate natural taurine, just like they get it in the wild. During feeding trails of our feline dry diets, the Queens at the end of lactation had over 50% more blood taurine than was required to pass an all life stage feeding trial. The kittens, after 12 weeks of growth, had over 90% more blood taurine than was required to pass an all life stage feeding trial. Similar indicators of superior nutrition were in the Queens' and Kitten's blood levels of hemoglobin, albumin and red blood cells. Here is some data from those trials and below is a picture of one of the kittens born during the trials and then adopted out at the end of the trial along with all other Queens and kittens in our feeding trials.


Other features of Nature's Logic cat foods are:
  • We never use hydrolyzed liver palatants; a hidden form of MSG 
  • We never use Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate 
  • They contain NO ingredients from China 
  • We always use enough meat, organ meat and concentrates of other whole foods and natural ingredients so we never have to add any synthetic supplements or amino acids 

If you have not tried Nature's Logic cat foods, we encourage you do so, and help your cat be healthier by allowing them to eat diets free of all the hidden things sited above that have nothing to do with health and nutrition.