Filler, padding, a little bit of ballast. That’s often the role cereals and grains play in commercial cat foods. They’re cheap and filling, which is great news for the manufacturers, but not necessarily brilliant news for your little guy or girl’s gut.
For some cats, one or more type of grain may cause an allergic reaction and you should look out for itching, hair loss and excessive grooming. But, for every cat out there, grains can be an issue for a much simpler reason – more grains, means less of what they really need in their dinner.
For these little carnivores, protein, and more specifically animal protein, is what they thrive on. So, checking the content in any food that’s going in the bowl, should be your first thought. It makes sense, since the ancestors of your four-legged friends were used to chowing down on small mammals and birds.
What that also means, is the diet of your domestic cat shouldn’t be heavy on the carbs. We’re not suggesting they go full Atkins (or, Catkins) since carbohydrates are part of a balanced diet and help protect the muscles in their body. However, unlike for many other animals, protein is a cat’s primary energy source so they shouldn’t go big on carbohydrates.
Whether your cat is one of the sensitive ones, who has a bad reaction to grains, or you just want to make sure he or she enjoys the benefit of a balanced diet, you should think about a grain-free food.
Applaws dry cat food ticks all the nutrition boxes, because not only is it grain-free, but the main source of protein is high quality, carefully selected meat. In fact, our food development bods created the recipes so that our foods are as close as possible to matching a cat’s natural diet.
So, for a happier cat, why not consider going against the grain?