According to Britannica, obligate carnivores "cannot obtain all the nutrients that they need from the plant kingdom and bacteria. In particular, obligate carnivores lack the enzyme needed to split carotene obtained from plants, into vitamin A." They are animals who's digestive system can't handle digesting only plants for nutrients. Cats are one of the prime examples, which includes house cats just as much as big cats in the wild. A cat's diet is trickier than just remembering that they need meat to survive, but they also need the right balance of nutrients. With lots of time for prep and research to make sure your cat is getting just the right amount of each nutrient (not too little, not too much), it is possible to make your own cat food, but it is time consuming. The much easier and faster way is to buy cat food from the companies who make it. That way the only work left is to read the labels to double-check all needs are being met.
One of the considerations to keep in mind for nutrients is that because cats are obligate carnivores, grains are very bad for them. Their intestines aren't designed to handle the carbohydrates of plants, and particularly of grains. Food with a high grain content can lead to inflammatory bowel disease, among other health problems. Cats need vitamin A, and usually obtain it from liver, since they can't process the vitamin through plants. Vitamin C is necessary for survival, but one of the neat things about the biology of cats is that they, unlike us humans, produce their own within their bodies. Niacin, Arginine, and Taurine are all nutrients cats need to obtain from a meat diet.
Cats are wonderful and fascinating creatures, and if we are or decide to become their caretakers, it's important that we provide what is best for them.
Pumpkin and blueberry together at last, wobbly fetch toys, and chew-able opossums. It's been a week of a lot of different products, and, as usual, I'm here to talk about my favorites. There's a couple brands I haven't discussed before, and KONG is making a reappearance for the third week in a row. We'll kick [...]
We have some curious phrases surrounding cats. "Look at what the cat dragged in" "Curiousity killed the cat" and "The cat's out of the bag" for starters, but perhaps the strangest is the phrase "The cat's pajama's." One doesn't generally expect a cat to wear pajamas, they sleep so much throughout the day that it would [...]
Easter's hopping up on us, so this week there's a rabbit and carrot bend to the products, though none so direct as a rabbit toy, and I wouldn't argue that this week's list is very Easter-y. This week we take a look at products from KONG (again), PetEdge, and Hare of the Dog.KONG keeps surprising [...]
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Bissell Pet Foundation is an organization founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell and devoted to encouraging people to choose adoption first and help out shelters. The raise money for shelters and sponsor events like "Empty the Shelters" which are adoption days where Bissell covers all adoption fees for the day in order to "encourage prospective [...]
Looks like all the Midlee products are wrapped up for the time being, so this week is a scattering of different products from different brands. There's even a cat toy, which I never feel like I mention enough. Nothing's cuter than a kitten and they deserve some nifty things too. To make of for the [...]
I know how nice it would be if we could bring our pets everywhere we go, but there's generally good reasons for not allowing pets in certain areas. It can be a food safety hazard at restaurants, buildings don't want to clean up after a poorly trained pet, and so on. Service animals are given [...]
Finished up the Midlee products I was working with, so I have one last batch for you until further notice. This week we're talking about birthdays, dresses, and birds...not all at the same time, of course.For the first time I got to work with a product designed for birds, which was quite the pleasant surprise. [...]