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The wheat-free diet and your cat

A carnivore, i am
A carnivore, i am
Karla Kirby

Everyone knows that felines are true carnivores through and through. This simply means that they have always first and foremost eaten meat, and have developed consuming high protein, low carbohydrate diets. Many commercial cat foods canine diets use more grain than meat which is not good, so pay close attention to the first three ingredients in cat food before purchasing it.

The natural diet of felines has forever been free of grains. If this isn't adequate reason to change your cat's diet to one that is grain-free, there are other great reasons to make the switch; so read on.

A grain-free diet can help your cat lose weight. Feline obesity is one of the hugest problems plaguing cat owners today, as it is estimated that well over half of the felines in North American households are obese. Using grains, such as corn and wheat, as a substitute for meat in feline food, has a clear-cut impact on feline obesity. Cats who eat a diet that contains more grain than meat never feel full, because they are not getting the nutrients they need. This causes cats to eat ad infinitum, and in due course become obese.

The reality that many cats spend most of their lives indoors additionally adds to the problem. Indoor cats frequently do not get enough exercise, and never burn of the surfeit calories that a grain-based diet manufactures. Most cat owners find that changing their cats to a grain-free diet helps get their kitty back in shape. The cat eats less because they are at last getting the proper nutrients needed and the cat's metabolism no longer has to deal with the surplus carbohydrates that are in grain-based diets.

Another epidemic harming cats is skin irritations caused by food allergies. Despite the fact that a feline can be allergic to nearly anything, grains such as corn and wheat are very frequent allergens. If you’re feline has flakey, red skin, bites his/her paws, or seems to scratch all the time yet has no fleas, and then the cat very well may be suffering from a food allergy. Switching your feline to a grain-free diet may help assuage these symptoms, and prevent them from ever happening at all. This is because an allergy usually happens either because of a grain, or a meat protein. Given that grain-free diets contain no grain, the allergy can be narrowed down to a precise meat protein. If after changing your cat to a grain-free diet and the allergy persevere, select a diet with a different meat protein such as from beef to turkey.

Some sources have stated high-protein diets cause kidney and urinary tract health problems, such as crystals, in the feline population. Research has revealed, nonetheless, that it is not protein itself, but rather nitrogen contained within low-quality proteins that cause urinary tract problems in cats. Grain-free diets use high quality proteins, such as actual meat, against corn and by-products used in discount grocery brand cat foods.

Feeding a cat a grain-free diet will actually prevent kidney and urinary tract problems, because grain based diets do not contain the vital vitamins and minerals found in meat. The lack of necessary vitamins and minerals in grain-based cat foods causes extreme elimination in the urinary system of a cat, in consequence causing the kidneys to work too hard, and ultimately break down.

If you want your fabulous feline friend to live a long and cheerful life, then a grain-free diet is the diet of choice. There are many options on the market, be it dry, canned, or raw diets. You may want to discuss with your veterinarian which diet will be the best for your unique kitty...