Cats are obligatory carnivores and are very different from humans and dogs in their dietary requirements. It is essential to remember that cats are not little dogs! They are very inflexible about what food they need to remain healthy.


Cats and carbs don’t mix!

There are many different types of cat food on the market now, often with labels such as ‘gourmet’, ‘premium’ etc that are generally just a marketing tool. Additionally it can make a difference whether you choose dry or wet food. The downside to dry food is that it contains a significant amount of carbohydrates, which are detrimental to a cats health. Cats need a high protein, high fat content, as in ‘ whole mouse’.

Cats and Carbs don’t mix!

Cats don’t have the enzymes required to digest carbohydrates. The only carbs that a cat would eat in the wild are those found in the stomachs of their prey. If your cat eats carbs on a regular basis then there is an increased likelihood of your pet developing diabetes.

The best diet for your cat is a balanced homemade raw diet, however the worst diet for your cat is an unbalanced homemade raw diet. So, if you decide that you want to feed your cat a raw diet, it may be best to start off with a commercial brand of raw food, until you can familiarise yourself with the nutritional requirements necessary. Many owners think that giving their cat some raw chicken and some veggies, or some fish is sufficient, sadly although well meaning, a cat will be missing out on some vital nutrients, that can cause long term damage.

Commercial Raw foods are nutritionally balanced and will contain adequate levels of calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids, that are often missing in homemade diets.

If you want to learn more about homemade raw diets for your cats (and dogs as well) check out – Dr Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook. It has great recipes as well as explaining just what your cat needs to be healthy.

If you think that making your own raw pet food it just too difficult, and time consuming. Then buy the best highest quality canned food you can afford. All dry food just contains too many carbohydrates. Surprisingly the semi moist pouched food, contains propylene glycol – a close relative of ‘anti-freeze’ – in order to keep the food moist. Although approved for use in pet food, it’s not recommended by vets.

By Sue Rodgers for Valle Verde Animal Rescue

This article was originally published in the Sentinella May 2016

Next Month: Keeping your pets healthy in the summer heat

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Maximo, Breton Spaniel

Maximo – male Breton Spaniel seeks forever home

Maximo is a male Breton Spaniel looking for his forever home. Please share 🐾

Dori, Podenco in UK foster looking for forever home

Dori – female Podenco in UK foster seeks forever homve

Dori is a female Podenco – A friendly girl currently in foster in UK. Seeks forever home 🐾

Koko, female Mastín

Koko – female Mastín

Koko is an affectionate girl who likes being with people and other dogs. Healthy and playful and walks nicely on the lead. Let’s find this girl a loving home.

Nina, female dog rescued from the perrera is up for adoption

Nina – shy female dog rescued from the perrera seeks home

Nina has just arrived at the shelter after spending two years in the perrera. She is sweet-natured and a little shy at first. Let’s find this sweet girl a home!

Leo, male dog for adoption, Spain

Leo – friendly male dog seeks a home

Leo was abandoned outside Linda’s house and has settled in very well at the shelter with the other dogs. Let’s find this super boy a home!

Woody – male dog seeks loving home

Sadly, Woody is looking for a family to love him. He is an active boy who loves going on walks and playing. He loves people, no problem with children or other dogs. No cats.

Mora female dog

Mora – Friendly young female dog seeks home

Meet Mora. A big, friendly girl, she loves affection and socialises well with other dogs. Mora is negative to all 5 mediterranean diseases.

Buddy – male Podenco Cross for adoption

Buddy is a Podenco cross and a very lively boy. He loves playing with his siblings. Let’s find this boy a home!

Cassidy – young male dog needs a home

Cassidy is a male Retriever Mastín cross. He is fairly big but has a gentle and timid nature. Mixes well with other dogs, not dominant. Let’s find this gentle boy a home.

Toby – young male dog needs a home

Toby is new to the shelter, he came in with Daisy. He is a happy and friendly boy. Mixes and plays with the other dogs. Let’s find this great boy a home!

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Koko – female Mastín

Koko – female Mastín

Koko is an affectionate girl who likes being with people and other dogs. Healthy and playful and walks nicely on the lead. Let’s find this girl a loving home.

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