Natural cat food seems to be a fad nowadays, particularly among those who are willing to spend an extra penny for it. So, what exactly is natural cat food? In basic terms, it comprises fresh and raw meats, rich in fat and proteins, balanced correctly with carbohydrates and organic vegetable matter.
This is supplemented by adding kelp, yeast, calcium, lecithin and vitamin C to provide all the extra natural minerals, vitamins and trace elements that are found in a natural diet featuring live prey.
Since cats ingest grass as their natural diet, the wheat grass and green vegetables are added to natural cat food as the green element.
The ideal natural cat food
A typically balanced natural cat food contains the right proportions of proteins, carbohydrate, vitamins and trace minerals like zinc, copper, magnesium, iron, and calcium. These in their totality, strengthen the cat’s vital organs, particularly its brain and cardiovascular system and also improve vision.
What makes natural cat food important?
Natural cat food is normally preferred by cats if they are fed on it right from the beginning. However, cats can be fussy about their food habits, and sudden changes in their regular food are never welcome.
If you are seriously thinking about prolonging your cat’s life and its good health, stick to natural food as fresh is the best option. A mix of chicken stock and sardines could be a balanced meal, but one needs to get them used to first eating raw meat.
Raw food works well because cats being natural creatures are not used to eating, digesting and absorbing cooked food. Moreover, ever since their evolution thousands of years ago, their mouths, stomach, teeth, internal organs, intestines, and enzymes also evolved to chew, digest, and absorb raw food.
Also, ample scientific evidence suggests that should felines be exposed to cooked foods, particularly cooked meat, it could lead to a lot of common illnesses and also cancer.
Natural cat food is also known to prevent an assortment of skin diseases like dermatitis, tooth & gum disease, allergies, renal failure, arthritis, aural infections, reproductive failure, obesity, and blockage of the anal gland because of the wholesomeness of its nature.
It prevents the animal from being malnourished and boosts its immune system substantially. The latter is important as a string immunity system fights environmental bacteria and protects the cat from diseases like distemper and other contagious conditions.