Help your cat do more than just survive

When it comes to feeding your cat, you need to understand the clear distinction between surviving and thriving. As a cat nutritionist I can tell you quite categorically they are not one and the same thing. Not even close. Your kitty might be able to survive on kibble cat food, but it will never, ever thrive if all you feed it is dry biscuit.

I strongly urge you to take a good hard look at it the next time you’re tempted to add some kibble to your cat’s food bowl. Ask yourself if it looks and feels like proper food. Does it look like real meat? Does it feel like real meat? I’m not going to ask you to taste it, but if you did, then trust me, it most certainly does not taste like real meat either.

Kibble is not real food

Why? Because it isn’t real meat. Logic tells you that it’s not real meat given the price you paid for it. It’s actually closer to the description used by a well-known holistic veterinarian I’m rather fond of. He calls dry cat and dog food “cardboard with vitamins sprayed on.” And you know what? He’s not a million miles from the truth!

Forget what your dry cat food says on the box. The nearest fresh meat and vegetables have been to that packet is the imagination of the marketing person who wrote the sales patter. Real food looks like real food. Take a look at that kibble cat food. Does it look like real food to you? If not, ask yourself why not. And ask yourself if you would eat it. And if you wouldn’t eat it, why on earth would you expect your cat too!

Surviving is not thriving. Surviving implies that that dry cat biscuit will keep your cat alive, but your kitty will never thrive unless you feed it properly. There’s a reason why so many cats of all ages today suffer from health issues rarely seen in cats in the past. It’s because of poor nutrition. It’s because of food that enables cats to survive but not thrive. Because kibble cat food is made with unhealthy, highly-processed, inflammation inducing ingredients that don’t belong inside any living creature, let alone inside your beloved cat.

Kibble is unhealthy

Dry cat food is inherently unhealthy in itself. And it doesn’t matter whether you cat’s dry food cost £2 or £200. Your cat, like every other cat who ever existed, has a low thirst drive. That means it doesn’t know it’s thirsty until it’s severely dehydrated. It’s not motivated to drink because its DNA tells it that food comes with built in moisture.

Your cat is genetically programmed to expect its food to be moist. Just the way it would be in the wild. Unlike dogs, cats have not undergone potentially tens of thousands of years of genetic development to allow them to digest dry food. Your cat’s body expects its food to be moist. It’s genetically engineered to drink precious little because it’s a creature of the desert.

Its traditional food, live prey, comes complete with its own moisture. Some 70% to 75% moisture in fact. That’s why cats have such a low thirst drive. They’re not used to needing to drinking after eating. They’re not hard-wired to know they’re thirsty. Until it’s too late. Until they’re dehydrated. By which time their organs are already under stress from lack of water.

Multiply that bodily stress by months and years and you have a cat suffering from kidney disease or liver failure, diabetes or cancer. A cat who never lived to his or her potential because its food only allowed it to survive and not to thrive. A cat that will cost you a lot more in the long run than if you fed it proper food throughout its life.

Improve your cat’s nutrition

If you want to help your cat thrive and not simply survive, ask an animal nutritionist trained in cat nutrition. That’s what we do.

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

The Cat Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified animal nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade cat food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most animal health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing our domestic pets. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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