Natural Cat Foods

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Choosing a cat food, even when moving into the realm of natural cat foods, can be difficult. The variety of choices on the market is astounding and confusing. On the one hand, you have to deal with pet food marketing and on the other, you must consider the science of nutrition. In the middle is common sense.

What Are Natural Cat Foods?

Despite having been long domesticated (even by the time Egyptians venerated them as gods 5,000 years ago), cats remain carnivores. They have been waited upon, hand and foot, but are carnivores nonetheless. Their digestive systems remain, as it were, in the Stone Age. Natural cat foods are formulated with this in mind, and are a careful and optimal balance of the raw foods and nutrients and minerals designed to maximize a cat's health.

The goal of the people who are developing formulas for natural cat foods is to provide the same foods and nutrients that animals would eat if left to themselves in a wild that was still pristine, one that man hadn't interfered with. Natural cat foods contain no preservatives, no chemical additives, and no animal by-products. Let's look at a label or two of quality natural cat foods. Remember that ingredients are listed in descending order of proportion.

Label #1 features: turkey (includes bones, gizzards, livers, and hearts), carrots, celery, greens (one or more of turnip, mustard, collard, or kale), kelp, guar gum, safflower oil, apple cider vinegar, fish oil, cod liver oil, vitamin E, thiamine, and manganese. Label #2 offers: chicken, (includes bones, livers, gizzards, and hearts), greens (one or more of turnip, mustard, collard, or kale), apples, yams, kelp, guar gum, Omega 3 fish oil, apple cider vinegar, safflower oil, cod liver oil, vitamin E, thiamin, and manganese. These wholesome ingredients are what you want to feed your cat.

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