Unhealthy pet foods abound on store shelves. Of many tested in a study, most were insufficient sources of protein and contained grain fillers unsuitable for our carnivorous cat and dog friends. Here’s my short list of the best foods to feed our furry families.
Here are the most beneficial commercial pre-prepared pet foods (in the order of my preference) for dogs and cats when the option of making the food from scratch at home is unsustainable. Again, food you choose should not contain corn or wheat ingredients:
1. Frozen raw foods
2. Freeze-dried raw food
3. Canned food that is BPA free
4. (A distant last preference) kibble food that is processed using low heat
I prefer raw and canned foods to dry foods (especially for cats) for the following reasons:
• There is typically higher (more natural) protein content in raw and canned foods.
• There are typically fewer chemical preservatives in raw and canned foods.
• Wet food is licked clean off the teeth, which is better for healthy mouths.
• Moisture content is better for regulated hydration for all pets, especially for kidney health in cats that would normally become hydrated from their food, not from drinking water.
• Food with normal moisture content is more suitable for a carnivore’s GI tract motility.
• Extrusion (high heat) processing creates two potent carcinogens, heterocyclic aminos and acrylamides, which are then (in small amounts) eaten with every mouthful of dry food.
Dogs and cats eat grass primarily to settle an upset stomach.
Dogs and cats may eat grass because the thick blades of grass in springtime smell like protein. However, this protein is not easily digestible for a dog or cat.