Cats are true carnivores. Their nutritional needs are only met by eating a diet that is meat-based because many of the nutrients they require are only found in meat. Cats cannot get adequate nutrition from dog food.
Feeding raw food to your pet comes with significant risks. It can be contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli. These bacteria can cause dangerous illness in pets as well as the people who handle raw pet food.
It’s a myth that cats need milk. Many cats don’t care for milk; others are lactose intolerant and milk can cause an upset tummy in those kitties.
The term “holistic” (as it applies to pet food) is purely a marketing term. It has no legal definition.
Feeding raw meat-based diets can pose health risks (contamination with Salmonella and E.coli) to pets as well as humans. These include treats such as pig ears, rawhides or bully sticks.
A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work with nutrition. The right diet depends on your pet’s age, whether or not your cat or dog has been spayed or neutered, and your pet’s overall health and activity level.
If detected early, 75% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
Nutrient requirements for dogs and cats change as they age. For senior pets, reduced levels of phosphorus and sodium are important to maintain kidney and heart health.