In the wake of the Menu Foods Recall, cat parents have been very concerned about what to feed their cats. Considering that Menu Foods is the largest contract manufacturer of wet foods in the US, many cat parents have abandoned wet foods altogether. A tip from a well-respected blogger alerted us to this page written by a vet, who clearly outlines a case for the continued feeding of quality and safe wet food.
[This page] explains why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a quality canned food diet instead of dry kibble.
An increasing number of American Veterinary Medical Association members, including board-certified veterinary nutritionists, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned food instead of dry kibble.
This is a very well thought out and thorough case for using wet food. Primarily for the addition of water through the cat’s diet (hence our picture) and its multiple life-saving benefits.
The outline is after the jump. (Thanks, SusanUnPC!)
The three key negative issues associated with dry food are:
- type of protein - too high in plant-based versus animal-based proteins
- carbohydrate load is too high
- water content is too low
- The importance of animal proteins, versus plant proteins
- Problems with carbohydrates in dry cat foods
- Cats need water with their food
- Reading a pet food ingredient label
- Common medical problems associated with dry food
- Tips for Transitioning - Getting dry food addicts to eat canned food
- Home prepared and commercial raw meat diets
- What I feed my cats
- Some final thoughts
A printed version is available here.