We live in a free age; the age of freedom of information, freedom of speech, freedom of choice. Put simply, we are living in a time where we are presented with the greatest opportunities to drive our own destinies than ever before. But sadly, we are seeing more and more pets presenting at clinics with health issues resulting from owners’ dietary decisions. And whilst I agree that you have EVERY right to choose what YOU do and don’t consume, you need to know that you have a responsibility to your pet to feed it what it needs to thrive.
For most of us, we are guided by years of scientific research into our pets’ dietary requirements; studies that have resulted in readily available, nutritionally balanced foods for our pets. But there are some who don’t; some who feel that the rest of us have been hoodwinked into buying packaged foods by companies that wish to take our money. Or, almost worse, people who feel that their personal decisions to choose against meat should be upheld by all those under their roof, including their pets.
So I’m going to talk about cat nutrition: what cats need, and why they NEED it.
Cats are “obligate carnivores”. You may or may not have heard the term before, but let’s talk about what it means. Well, the dictionary definition for the word “Obligate” is: by necessity. Carnivore’s definition is: flesh eating. So together, this translates to: a cat is an animal that MUST eat meat to not only survive, but to thrive. It’s a biological necessity.[mashshare]
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