Cody and Caren have given me an opportunity to talk a little about feline nutrition. In full disclosure, I have a dog, not a cat. (Gasp!) But it’s not for lack of love of our feline friends! (I just have some highly allergic kids in my house.) But we always had cats growing up. Delilah, our Himalayan, did me the honor of allowing me to live in HER house for 17 years. And when I got my first apartment after college, the first thing I did was adopt a kitten, Samantha. So I am a cat girl.
We fed Delilah what we considered to be a good food- it was a well-known brand name supported with lots of advertising and a catchy jingle. So when it came time to pick a food for my new kitten, I took my cue from what we fed Delilah. Was it a good food? Yes. Was it the best nutrition for her? Maybe not. Pet nutrition knowledge has come a long way since then! And consumers and pet parents are a lot more educated on what makes a truly healthy meal for their pets.
It’s a well-known fact that cats are obligate carnivores, which means they really don’t need any grains at all in their diet. (Think about it- cats were used at granaries to keep the mice out because they WOULDN’T eat the corn, just the mice.) Additionally, cats can have food intolerances or food allergies to certain ingredients in their food, just like people do.