One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to become a cat expert. The first and most logical step is to start with nutrition. Looking into the true nutrition requirements of cats, what is really in all the food we feed our companions and understanding the nutritional values of the food we serve. Trying to understand the truth behind all the advertising and the claims of the pet food companies. It is amazing how difficult it can be to find out the truth of what is in your pet food.
Finding out the nutritional requirements is a little easier. I know that cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need to eat meat, not grains. I know taurine is essential to their diet for eye and heart health. I know fish is not a good base for diets. But how much phosphorus is needed for a balanced diet? How much is too much, and how much is too little? Does natural food truly make you cat healthier or is it just something that makes humans feel better about what we feed our animals.
Wading through all the information out there, I realize just how difficult and confusing it can be for people to find out the truth on what they are feeding their pets. I understand why they go with whatever the vet, breeder or shelter suggests they feed. It is easier to get a professional opinion than to make your own, especially when there are constantly conflicting articles, books and reports on what is good and bad for your cat and dog.
This might take longer than I thought.