Cat Nutrition Guide | Understanding Natural Nutrition for Cats
We’re always on the lookout for all the great things our cat’s food includes, but just as essential is what it doesn’t contain. Natural nutrition is full of ‘no!’: no artificial preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a natural pet food is free from those three things and must only contain ingredients that come from a plant, animal or mined source. Vitamin E or Vitamin C are used as a preservative as opposed to any nasty chemicals and they give your cat some thorough nourishment in the process. Sounds purrfect!
Cutting back on fillers and food sensitivities…
Natural cat food recipes usually cut out common grains like corn, wheat and soy, reducing the risk of your puss suffering sensitivities. Meanwhile, premium natural foods are mostly made up of high quality proteins such as bison, lamb, rabbit and fish, rather than bulking up your cat’s kibble with cheap filler carbohydrates. The cheaper feline foods have protein made up from bi-product meals, containing ground skeletal meals, connective tissues, blood and organs. It’s not harmful to your cat, but it won’t have them meowing for more…
What is organic?
‘Organic’ talks about the way in which the ingredients in your cat’s dinner were made. Organic foods are free from antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, toxic pesticides or fertilisers, as determined by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Your puss might purr for organic if they are well-suited to a natural diet, as organic ingredients are hardly processed and contain no unnecessary agitating ingredients.
Lily’s Kitchen are so proud of the meat quality in their organic recipes that the food is even tested on humans first. For other options when it comes to a natural diet, we recommend Nature’s Menu cat food and Arden Grange – it will really bring out the tiger in them!