Chemically processed food with a large number of ingredients and which is high in carbohydrates is recognized as not being an ideal food for humans. I believe that, nowadays, the general consensus is that processed foods are a major contributor to obesity and illness in people. They certainly contribute to obesity. It’s very hard to find processed foods for humans that don’t contain too much sugar and salt. To older people these ingredients contribute to obesity and high blood pressure and many other ancillary health issues.
Cat food is processed food
And yet 99.99% of cat owners only feed their cat processed foods. These are foods with about 40 ingredients. We don’t know what the list of ingredients means. The lists are very hard to understand and when you consider that the ideal cat food is a mouse containing 40% protein, 50% fat and 3% water with some vegetable content in the mouse’s stomach, 40 ingredients seems to be excessive. They are there for the wrong reasons.
Vegetables and grains in cat food or worrying as cats are carnivores. Adding fruits and vegetables simply dilutes the protein content with more carbohydrates. Cats obtain their fibre from fur and bones in the wild. Processed foods for cats are designed to be cheap and tasty which increases profit without focusing sufficiently on the animal’s health.
Ingredients to please buyer and for profit
Sometimes a list of ingredients is designed to please the consumer, namely the cat’s owner. It’s time to re-appraise and reposition the entire process food market for domestic cats. A lot of people these days would argue that the available cat food on the shelves of supermarkets are potentially, and sometimes actually, unhealthy to domestic cats. Feline diseases such as urinary tract infections (dry cat foods), obesity, diabetes (sugars in cat foods) and hyperthyroidism (soy in cat foods) can be sourced back to the processed food that cats eat or at least they contribute to these health problems.
It is unfair to say that all non-raw cat food is bad food? Why aren’t we all feeding our cats raw foods?