Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats - Mercola Products - Dr. Mercola
The best food for pets is actually that which is for them. Pet food is designed to be a complete and balanced nutrition regime for our cats and dogs. While people need variety in our diets, our pets do not. In fact, this in itself can cause digestive upsets, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Grinding vegetables in a food processor or pulping them in a juicer is the best way to release their nutrients, as dogs and cats lack the enzyme, cellulase, to break down the cellulose cell walls on their own. You can buy frozen ground vegetables or use a dehydrated mix meant for homemade pet food. Almost any vegetable are okay in moderation except raw onions and raw white potatoes. Fruits can be included. Apples and berries are most popular. Raw garlic, called Nature’s antibiotic, is very appealing to dogs in small amounts, but not to cats. Use one clove per large dog per meal. Fresh ginger modulates blood sugar and is an anti-helmetic, helping to prevent and eliminate worms and other parasites from the digestive tract.
Pet parents with multiple pets, including cats and dogs, might wonder whether it is okay for dogs and cats to eat the same food. Dogs and cats have different, unique nutritional requirements so it is very important that your dog and cat each have their own species-appropriate food.If your dog or cat occasionally sneaks a bite from the other’s dinner plate, there is no need for alarm. However, it is important for your dog and cat to eat pet food that is formulated specifically for cats or dogs.Our true passion is educating owners about the benefits of feeding dogs and cats a fresh food diet. While processed foods have become the norm, our pets’ bodies are still designed for . Over the years that their pets’ chronic illnesses have disappeared since they changed them to a raw or cooked fresh diet with . This may sound like another fad, but indeed, it’s a tradition for dogs and cats (and humans!).
Even if your pup is one of those with an iron gut, long term it is not good for a dog to eat primarily cat food, Dr. Crowell-Davis says. It's not properly balanced for them in terms of the fiber and protein and certain nutrients. Plus, it can be hard on their liver and their kidneys to have so much protein. Even more important, though, is the vice versa — make sure that your kitty is not fed a diet of food. “There are two essential ingredients in cat food that are not in dog food," she says. "Taurine is an amino acid that dogs can manufacture in their own bodies but cats cannot, and also arachidonic acid, which is a fatty acid that need.”Unlike dogs, cats have a very good chance of becoming non-diabetic if certain dietary changes are made and their insulin resistant factors are controlled (like obesity, etc). It is very common for a cat to require insulin for only a few months and then go into diabetic remission. The two most important recommendations for cats with diabetes are no carbohydrates and no dry food! Diabetic cats should eat a high–protein, moderate fat and low/no carbohydrate food for the best chance of remission from their diabetes. The desired levels may vary if your cat has other medical conditions, but in general, I recommend that at least 45% of your cat's calories come from protein, 25 to 30% from fat and only 10% (or less) of their calories come from carbohydrates. and are great options.Feed cats about 2-3% of their body weight. Since mostcats are fairly small creatures compared to dogs, this may be 1/4-lb orless. I tend to think of my cat's food in terms of overall size—howmuch can she put into her little belly at a feeding? For my cat, themost she will get over the course of the day is one cornish game henbreast half with an attached wing. This is about an inch longer than mypalm, and is enough to make her belly completely full and even a littledistended. She will eat most of it in one sitting, and will then comeback for the rest within the hour. I do not feed her this amount everyday; after eating this much food she receives a smaller meal the nextday—maybe a game hen leg-thigh, or a meal of beef heart and liver.