This is about an amino acid called ‘methionine’. This is a chemical that is found in rodents. Apparently they have lots of it in them. It is also contained in chicken and beef for example.
It is an ‘acidifier’. It is slightly acidic. It is the acidifying nature of methionine which we are told provides the perfect urinary pH for bladder health. It is nature’s urinary tract pet food. Modern manufacturers of pet food try and match it. As feral cats eat rodents they benefit from this amino acid.
As urinary tract problems are one of the most common cat illnesses it begs the question, why don’t manufacturers package mice and rats as cat food? We know that a mouse is the perfect cat food. It is balanced for the cat.
There are some serious problems with some manufactured cat food, it is said, so why not do something to make is more natural and more healthy while reducing the rodent population at the same time?
Well, the reason (and this sounds like a weak, slightly implausible reason to me) is that if a mouse was put through a manufacturing process to make it acceptable to people, it would destroy the methionine, which helps make it what it is – perfect cat food.
This flies in the face of the fact that it is added as a supplement to dog food sometimes to reduce the pH of their urine which stops grass being damaged when they pee on it!
If you can add it to processed pet food why can’t it be added to a package mouse? Just asking.
I also believe that there may be a bit of a conspiracy going on between the pet food manufacturers and the veterinarians. I know I am very skeptical and cynical but this is possible.
Vets need sick cats for business. It is a bit like cars and petrol. We could have dispensed with petrol (gas in the US) ages ago if the big oil companies had released their stranglehold on the car manufacturing business. They don’t want electric cars and do their best to stop progress.
I would love to see a nicely packaged mouse! 🙂 I know that sounds a bit gross but we have to think like a cat. We have to respect the cat and they don’t see dead mouse as we do. For them it is a perfectly package parcel of fast food paradise.
Associated post: Domestic Cat Hunting.