Feeding Your Cat for Optimum Health
By Anne Hyle, DVM, CVA, MS
Integrative Medical Center for Animals
Cats are not small dogs. Their nutritional requirements are quite different from one another, because cats are strict carnivores, and dogs are not. Cat's nutritional needs may only be met by consuming a large proportion of animal-based protein. Unlike dogs and humans, cats lack enzymes that would allow them to fully utilize plant proteins. Therefore, they derive much less nutrition from consuming plant-based protein, such as grains and vegetables.
While pet food manufacturers claim to supplement the diets with the missing elements, there are many unknown factors in food.
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