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  •  Dogs, and moreso cats, are fed vastly more (4+ / 0-)

    carbs than their system can handle.

    Diabetes, rampant among domestic cats, is virtually absent from zoo and sanctuary populations where cats are fed diets of supplemented meats.

    Their metabolisms are completely whacked.  Feeding our pets most pet foods, particularly dry, is like feeding kids a diet of twinkies.

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    by JesseCW on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 06:22:44 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, we put carnivores (2+ / 0-)
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      on a diet of dried meat and corn products.  Not good for them.

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      by Reepicheep on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 07:07:07 AM PDT

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    •  I had a diabetic cat (1+ / 0-)
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      who was able to reduce the amount of insulin he needed by giving him a grain free diet. I've known some diabetic cats who go off of insulin entirely by being given an appropriate diet.  Cats in the wild eat small rodents, birds and some grass.  They don't eat corn, soy and wheat gluten which are so prevalent in grocery store brands of food (Fancy Feast has some grain free varieties).  It costs more to give my kitties a good grain free diet, but they are healthier.  The additional money I spend on their food is saved by having lower vet bills.

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      by musiclady on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 07:53:30 AM PDT

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      •  Remember, too, that the grass they eat gives (0+ / 0-)

        them absolutely no calories.  They can't digest it anymore than we can.

        They eat it to help pass hairballs (lions get them too) and sometimes help with an upset stomach.  

        A home-made grain free diet can be as cheap as canned Friskies, but it's important to use a diet created by a licensed vet and to discuss it with your own veterinarian.

        Wild cats (as I'm sure you know, but sometimes I state things 'for the home audience') eat whole prey bones and organs and all, plus the occasional insect loaded in B vitamins, so they need proper supplements to thrive on a homemade diet.

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        by JesseCW on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 08:39:04 AM PDT

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        •  Yup. We try to keep kitty grass in the house (1+ / 0-)
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          so they can have it when they need it.  There are so many high quality grain free foods available these days.  We have a local pet store that carries a large variety--brands that cannot be found in the grocery store.  They also carry raw but my cats didn't seem to like that.

          I had a cat who had major intestinal problems.  Turned out that he had IBD which we think was caused by food sensitivities.  Apparently fish, beef and lamb are common food sensitivities in cats and I had been giving them a diet high in fish.  I switched to poultry and rabbit formulas because I thought those would be closer to what they would eat in the wild.  Sure enough, his intestinal problems cleared right up!

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          by musiclady on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 09:04:23 AM PDT

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