You may be shocked to hear that the ONLY food you should be feeding your cat is wet food, either from a can or raw food. Cats are “obligate carnivores” by nature – they must eat meat, preferably meat resembling their natural protein sources like mice and birds. Unfortunately people have gotten into the very unhealthy habit of feeding dry cat food, which is made primarily of cereal grains and poses a serious health threat to felines. The name I’ve coined on my radio show CAT CHAT® for any and ALL dry cat food is “kitty crack” – because it is so bad for cats and is sprayed with an addictive substance to get them to eat it and then get them hooked on it. Carbohydrates are not a natural to the cat’s digestive system and can lead to serious health issues in cats like obesity, digestive problems and urinary tract problems, to which cats are prone. Dry food is actually the cause of type II diabetes in cats – who are then fed wet food to recover! If all this takes you by surprise and you want to know more, have a look at “The Cat Bible”. Listeners call in bragging that they’ve “gotten their cats off the kitty crack” and they just seem so much happier and healthier.
So while we cannot offer our pussycats a steady supply of fresh mice or birds, we can do the next best thing, which is to feed them a well-made food in a can.