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Service Cats: Why Cats Shouldn’t Eat Grains And Vegetables

Pet Food Ingredients Pt. 2

MeOW  Welcome to another installment of Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We return today to our mini-series on Pet Food ingredients. It is our intention to present this in a way that everyone can understand it and to reveal the lies and misinformation pet pawrents are being “fed” by the pet food/feed industry, including the AAFCO. We intend to list as many ingredients as possible so that you will be better equipped to read labels and make the best choice fur your pets. It’s a shame that this topic has been so confusing fur so long. We hope to be able to shed a little light on all that confusion. Please remember, not all foods/feeds will contain every ingredient we will be listing. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in our Service Cat series, you can find them on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And remember to submit your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. 

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

 

Raena sits and poses in her new tiger harness

 

 

 

 

     Our first post in this mini-series talked about a cat’s need for Protein. Cats are Obligate Carnivores/True Carnivores (Those whose survival depends on nutrients which are found only in animal flesh and organs/meat protein. While Obligate Carnivores may be able to ingest small amounts of plant matter, due to their evolution they lack the necessary physiology required to digest and use the nutrients in that plant matter.) We’re going to try to break down a little science for you now. Digestion requires enzymes created by the body:

 

  • Protease: Necessary to break down Proteins 

  • Lipase: Necessary to digest Fat 

  • Amylase: Necessary to process Carbohydrates (Usually found in the saliva and pancreas)

Dezi and Raena eat out of their new dishesDid you know your food is already bein’ digested, Raena?

 

 

 

 

Digestion:

     Digestion starts in the mouth with enzymes created by saliva (spit). However, cat and dog saliva lack the enzyme Amylase; it’s only found in their pancreas. That means the pancreas has to work overtime to process Carbohydrates present in most commercial pet foods/feeds. There is some evidence that points to this as being part of the cause for pancreatitis, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses in cats. Humans and other mammals have flat top teeth meant for chewing. Cats however, have sharp fangs meant for ripping and tearing flesh. That’s a crude way to look at it, but think about it; when was the last time you saw kitty gnawing on a cob of corn? Everything about a cat says it’s meant to hunt, catch and rip it’s prey to shreds. And yet, most pet food companies lace their foods with corn, peas and carrots. I had a garden a few years back; and let me tell you, it wasn’t the neighborhood cats digging up my carrots and eating them.

 

     We mentioned in our earlier post that cats do much better when they don’t have food available all the time. Grains and veggies are ideal for grazing animals such as cows, goats, etc., but typically when a cat eats grass, it’s followed by hurling/horking/vomiting or whatever you want to call it. Cats were never meant to graze or eat veggies. But, what about the vitamins and nutrients those vegetables could offer? First of all, they’re often cooked so long they no longer contain any of the nutrients originally present. The reality is that a cat’s natural prey animal, the herbivore, provides those nutrients in the form of previously eaten and digested grains and vegetables. While it sounds really gross to us humans, a cat in the wild would consume the whole animal (excluding bones, fur, feathers, beaks, eyes, hooves), including it’s stomach and the contents therein.

 

 

Corn with mycotoxin

 

Mycotoxins:

     Let’s talk a minute about Grains and their toxicity. Mycotoxins are mold and a huge concern often found in foods like corn, corn meal, peas, millet, nuts, and other grains and types of food. There are 3 main mycotoxins that the FDA has established rules for the following 3, but they are not the only mycotoxins of concern:

  • Aflatoxins:

  • Fumonosin:   

  • Deoxynivalenol  

     Mycotoxins can cause lethargy, anorexia, jaundice, intravascular coagulation, liver damage, weight loss, dehydration, renal and hepatic damage, gastrointestinal dysfunction and death.

 

 

Ingredients:

     Most pet food/feed is formulated without oversight by the FDA or even the AAFCO. The laws that are supposed to protect our pets are often ignored, broken, unenforced or completely non existent. Don’t be fooled by “voluntary” recalls. Those recalls are an “after the fact” and often the result of an animal getting sick or dying due to something in their food. Let’s look at some of the ingredients found in pet foods.  

  • Wheat: One of the top allergens in pet food, may contain mycotoxins, can contribute to canine obesity  

  • Corn: Totally useless. As discussed above, neither cats or dogs have the ability to process it and covert it to useable energy in it’s raw state, and it has no nutrients after being cooked at high temps. May contain mycotoxins  

  • Corn Gluten Meal: Even worse than corn. Patented as a weed killer in 1991. May include mycotoxins  

  • By-Product-Meal: Bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feathers, beaks, feet, hooves, etc.. Can be anything left over from processing, Not fit for human consumption. Most of these are things a cat or dog in the wild wouldn’t eat. 

  • Soy: Considered a Protein. However it’s totally useless for the obligate carnivore and can cause allergies and cancer  

  • Brewers Rice: Broken rice shells containing no nutrients 

  • Egg Product: Eggshells (not easily digestible), may contain rancid or spoiled eggs not fit for human consumption, may contain salmonella,  

  • Sugar: Completely useless addition of empty calories. Cats can’t even taste sweet things  

  • Peas/Pea Fiber/Pea Meal/Legumes/Lentils: May contain mycotoxins, may cause heart disease 

  • Potatoes: May cause heart disease 

  • Cellulose: Sawdust, floor sweepings, totally useless 

  • Carrots: Hard for cats to digest, no useable nutrients after cooking at high temps.  

  • Cracked Barley: Grain, may contain mycotoxins 

  • Garlic/Garlic Oil/Garlic Extract/Garlic Powder: Toxic to cats especially  

  • Oats/Oat Bran/Oat Meal/Oat Groat: Grain, may contain mycotoxins  

  • Chicken Meal/Fish Meal/Lamb Meal/Beef Meal: All Meals are the leftovers after processing and Not fit for human consumption. May contain parts from animals killed by means other than slaughter, such as road kill, illness, poisoning, natural disaster deaths (such as drowning), phenobarbital, culling, etc.  

  • White Fish/Ocean Whitefish: May be any number of fish

  • Cranberries: Typically not enough present to have actual health benefits 

  • Whey: Milk protein, used in lower grade foods, possible allergen, especially for cats 

  • Whole Eggs: Contains the shells which are not easily digestible 

  • Celery: Unnecessary, not easily digestible 

  • Lamb: Lamb meat is filled with water and therefore not as high in protein as other meats 

  • Beef: Natural source of Glucosamine (will define and expound on in future post) High in “water weight” (will expound in future post) 

  • Spinach: Unnecessary, not easily digested 

  • Basil: Member of the mint family, safe but unnecessary  

  • Blueberries: Not enough present to be beneficial, unnecessary 

  • Veal: Alternative to beef 

  • Beef Liver: Natural source of iron and flavor. However, in large quantities can be toxic. Best as a secondary ingredient  

  • Soybeans/Soybean Meal: Can NOT be digested by dogs and can cause bloating and death

  • Soybean Oil: Source of fat and good for coat, safe for dogs and cats

  • Ginger: Aids in digestion if listed high on label  

  • Carrot Powder: Cheap source of fiber  

  • Ground Flax Seed: May be lacking in fatty acids  

  • Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols <expounded on in future post>): Cheap source of fat  

  • Sweet Potatoes/Yams: Alternative to regular potatoes 

  • Green Tea: Not enough to have any health benefits unless listed in the top 5 ingredients  

  • Wild Rice: Good alternative to white rice 

  • Dried Kelp: Accepted industry source of iodine 

  • Egg Noodles: Unnecessary, source or carbohydrates 

  • Rabbit: Great alternative Meat/protein source  

  • Duck: Great alternative meat/protein source, Less water weight than chicken 

  • Shrimp: Source of protein  

  • Cod: Alternative source of protein 

  • Catfish: Alternative source of protein and fatty acids 

  • Venison Meal: Alternative source of protein, in concentrated form, more protein availability than standard meats 

Raena bathes atop the liberty cat tree

 

     I realize this is a lot of information, but we haven’t even scratched the surface, so to speak. Most herbs listed on labels and found in pet food are useless and should be left out. There’s a lot of “gimmicky” ingredients these days and gimmicky names to boot. When shopping for our pet’s food, we need to remember to pay no attention to the photos on the packaging, as they’re not a true representation of what’s actually inside. Dry kibble is worse than canned or wet food in most respects since any natural nutrients have been cooked out of their original sources. But, this mini-series isn’t about making you choose one type of food or even one food over another. It’s merely to help you be better equipped at understanding what you’re buying and feeding your furry family member. We will be defining and explaining more of the terminology and ingredients in future posts, so if you have specific questions, please let us know. I’m going to turn it back over to Dezi to close us out. 

 

Dezi lays atop the cat tree selfie

 

 

Fanks mommy. Lots of big words and stuff us kitties don’t unnerstand ‘bout what goes on our plates. Anyways, remember, you can ketch up on any post you may have missed by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline. We got a lot of great questions after Pt. 1 of Pet Food Ingredients, so if you have any just let us know in the comments below or send us an email. We purromiss, we will be answering them all. This is a huge topic and we’d rather take our time and cover it properly than to mislead you further. Other than the sources listed below, mommy also used her common sense, past experience as a V-E-T tech and information she got from some local V-E-Ts via chat.

 

Raena sits on table at vet-blooperI’s look purretty ruff, so we call this a blooper. MOL

 

 

Due to the holidays and Raena’s upcomin’ surgery, this will be our last Service Cat posty fur the year, but don’t worry, we’ll be pickin’ up right where we left off next year (a few months). We’re also linkin’ up today with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. And, it’s also Blooper time with our pals the Cuddlywumps

 

Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

 

 

 

Sources:
mycotoxins.info
petfoodindustry.com
Vetinfo.com
Truthaboutpetfood.com
Petmd.com
petsnmore.org
ivcjournal.com
ncbi.nlm.nh.gov

Service Cats: Are Cats Ambidextrous

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays where we answer your questions ‘bout feline health, nutrition, behavior and anythin’ else you might ask. We offur tried and true Training Tips and suggestions to help every kitty owner from furst time kitty pawrents to life long pros. We’re runnin’ low on questions and topics, so ifin there’s somethin’ you’ve been wonderin’ ‘bout, wonder no more. Submit your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or send us a purrivate email via our Contact page. And don’t furget, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. 

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

Last week we wrote about Vitamin D and the importance of a balanced nutritional feline diet. We discussed Feline Nutrition here, but we’ve not discussed in detail all of the ingredients, supplements and additives in your cat’s food. So, we were wondering how many of you would be interested in learning about these ingredients? Just because it’s in your cat’s food, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be. And, with all the conflicting opinions out there, choosing kitty’s food can get confusing. Let us know in the comments if you’d like to learn more about pet food ingredients, including trends and industry buzz words. 

 

Raena hugs Dezi while she lays on the brown cat tree

Okay already, Me likes you Raena.

 

 

 

Getting Along:

 

     We’ve been asked a couple of questions that don’t really require a whole post to answer. So, we thought we’d cover those today. We’re often asked if Raena and me got along right away. Mommy says it would be great and for sure make her life a lot easier if we had hit it off from the get go. But the truth is a big fat No. And, sis Lexi and me weren’t immediate besties either. However, we are proof that you can have a multi cat household where each kitty can feel safe and confident in their shared home. We don’t have extra rooms with doors that can closed off to allow for the traditional method of introducing new kitties, so mommy’s technique only allows for a couple of days for kitties to protest and lodge their complaints about the new comer. After which, she fully expects and will accept nothing less than kitties happily cohabiting in peace.

 

Lexi and Dezi lay together in the window perch

 

 

 

     Me still remembers the splat sis Lexi handed down the first time she saw me and how she ran off down the hall screaming. That was a long time ago. We became the best of friends and sisfurs. Me couldn’t have asked for a better role model or more loving big sissy. Of course, me had to pass along me’s own brand of displeasure when Raena joined our home. And we still have the occasional disagreement, but for the most part, we get along. More importantly, we work well together and are secure in our place in our home. If you’re adding a new kitty to your home, you can read our Tips for introducing them to your resident kitty(s) here

 

 

Paws up Dezi

 

 

 

Are Cats Ambidextrous:

 

     Another interesting question we were asked is: Do cats favor one paw over the other? In other words, are cats right or left pawed? Is that even a thing? Believe it or not, cats do favor one paw over the other. Cats can also be ambidextrous, meaning they use both right and left paws interchangeably. Like humans, the majority of kitties and doggies are right pawed/handed.

 

 

Raena sits on cat tree #RememberMeThursday

 

 

 

Remember Me Thursday:

 

     Right pawed, left pawed or ambidextrous, all kitties are wonderful. And all kitties deserve the chance to be loved and have a happy life. We encourage anyone looking to add a kitty to your family, to check out the local shelters and rescues in your area. Old or young, disabled or not, there’s sure to be a kitty waiting for you. We would like to remind you to do some research before adopting. Altho’ you may not know everything about the kitties at the shelter, there are things you can assume by knowing a little about breed traits. And please, don’t adopt a special needs kitty if you can’t afford to take care of them financially. While we don’t believe that money or the lack of it should prevent anyone from sharing their lives with a furry purrer, we do believe that one should be realistic. Special needs kitties can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical bills. For someone like mommy, that would be impossible to do. Unexpected health care costs are something no one can predict, so we just say use some common sense.  

 

Raena walks down hall towards camera Blooper

We luvs the camera, so we have lots of shots where half our face is cut off. Blooper!!!

 

 

 

Well, me’s gonna wrap it up fur today. We hope you found today’s post interesting and entertaining. Remember, you can catch up on any posts in this series that you may have missed by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And let us know your thoughts about Feline Nutrition in the comments or ask the questions you’ve been wanting answers too. We’re joining a few hops today. Furst up is Feline Furiday at Comedy Plus, and of course #RememberMeThursday with Lola and Lexi and Three Chatty Cats. We’re also posting our monthly foto fail with our furiends over at the Cuddlywumps. With as many fotos as mommy takes, we’ve got a lot of ‘em. MOL  Check ‘em out fur a lot of inneresting and fun fotos and posts.

 

Till the next time………………………………………………..Be Blest!!! 

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Chatting Cats: Ain’t No Grumps Here

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s not likin’ the way things are goin’ ‘round here. I’s mean, it’s like mommy done furgot all ‘bout our nightly cuddle time, and I’s can’t ‘member the last time I’s had a treat. What’s up with that? I’s know I’s not that in to treats and all, but still…it’d be nice to be offured a couple every now and then. And Kittens!!!! Mine’s eye is really botherin’ me. Everytime I’s look up it’s gone and got all gooey again. And then mommy tries to chase me down to put medicine in ‘em. Seems all this humidity makes ‘em act up.  Hmmmpht 

 

Dezi looks at Raena from atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle!!! You sure don’t sound like yourself. Grumpy cat’s got nuffin’ on you. What’s got you in such a tizzy? 

 

Raena sits pretty on the cat tree

 

 

 

Haven’t you’s been payin’ attention sissy? Do I’s have to repeat mine’s self?

 

          No Raena, you don’t need to repeat all that nonsense. And you know that’s ‘zactly what it is, nonsense. You know mommy luvs you and luvs cuddle time. She wouldn’t miss it ifin she could help it. Besides, you’ve been gettin’ lots of extra lap luvvin’ time lately, so you’ve got nuffin’ to complain ‘bout. And, me heard you gettin’ treats just the other day. 

 

You did? Where were you sissy? 

 

 

Dezi lays in mommy's lap getting love, selfie

 

 

 

 

          Uh…Me was unner the bed lookin’ fur intruders. Yep, that’s what me was doin’, alright. With all these storms ya’ just never know what might crawl thru the walls. And, as the oldest, it’s me’s job to purrtect me’s family. Me’s gotta tell ya’, me liked it much better when me was the baby and all this respawnsibility was sis Lexi’s. Me doesn’t now how she did it all. She really was the Service Cat Extraordinaire. 

 

Lexi looks up at mommy while sitting in her lap on 3/3/2016

Lexi sure luvved mommy and spendin’ time in her lap.

 

 

 

Aaaaaw sissy, I’s sure she had days when she wished she was still the baby too. After all, I’s ‘member you tellin’ me that she was the baby fur the furst 6 years of her life. And I’s bet that as extraordinary as she was, you’re just as special. I’s think you’re a great big sisfur. (Raena whispers) Least most of the time. (Raena looks up)  Anyways, did you know that cuz we missed postin’ on Furiday, that we also missed the blooper blog hop? You know the foto fails with the Cuddlywumps.  And we missed Feline Furiday with Comedy Plus.

 

          Yeah Raena me heard. It’s a shame too, cuz goodness knows we’ve got tons of failed fotos. 

 

Raena lays in cat house on cat tree

Where’s mine’s face mommy? What kind’a foto is this? Foto Fail, big time.

 

 

 

Yeah sissy, mommy keeps tryin’, but sometimes she just can’t keep up. Did you see what she shot the other day? Y, I’s never!!! I’s pawed the delete button on that one real fast.

 

          Are you meowin’ ‘bout that foto of your hiney, Raena? Cuz Kittens, it sure looked big. Your hiney me means. MOL 

 

That’s not very nice sissy. And, mine’s hiney isn’t that big. Ifin you’s don’t be nice, I’s gonna tell mommy. 

 

Dezi's back side- blooper

Does anypawdy here think mommy got confused ’bout where

our faces might be?

 

 

 

          Kittens Raena, you’re so touchy. You know me didn’t mean naythin’ by it. Sometimes things just look bigger in fotos. Why do you think mommy tries to avoid bein’ in front of a camera? She’s not very comfurtable with that few extra pounds she put on a few years back. Anyways, me’s sorry. Your hiney;s so fluffy it’s kind’a hard to tell what size it really is. 

 

Raena lays on scratcher

 

 

 

Is that a ‘pawlogy sissy? Cuz that doesn’t sound like a ‘pawlogy. But I’s’ll accept it. I’s don’t wanna fight today. We’re too late to enter the foto fails blog hop, but we thought we’d post one anyways. Everypawdy needs a good laff to start and end their day. Looks like mommy’s finished with her coffee and needs us to help her take a shower. C’mon sissy, let’s go help. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………………….Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

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