Learn What Those Confusing Cat Food Labels Really Mean, And Protect Your PetMatthew Russell
If you have a cat, there’s no question you love it dearly. And that’s why you should be the one asking the questions.
Not of your cat, of your cat’s food.
An estimated 40 percent of all animal owners don’t read the label when it comes to their pets’ food, the Sun reports. And that’s a big problem.
Not all pet foods are formulated to offer a complete meal to our feline friends, and at least 64 percent of cat owners aren’t sure how to fill in those gaps.
“What concerns us most is the amount of ‘nasties’ that are contained in some of the mass-produced cat food available in UK supermarkets, including cheap bulking ingredients such as cereals, which cats can find difficult to digest,” said Henrietta Morrison, founder and CEO of Lily’s Kitchen which commissioned a research project on cat owners “Cat owners don’t stand a chance when the labelling is so misleading and doesn’t state clearly what the packet or tin contains.”
Even indoor cats will make due with what they have, and if that means eating unhealthy foods, they’ll often times settle for what’s available. But not everything in the party Is suitable for them.
Foods that are unhealthy for cats
Like dogs, cats’ digestive systems cannot handle foods like garlic an onions, chocolate, and alcohol. Undercooked foods can cause issues, as well. According to Hills Pet, raw dough can expand in the stomach, and cause severe gastrointestinal pains.
Other foods that can cause digestive issues:
- Raw eggs, meat and bones – A danger with many undercooked foods is bacteria like E. Coli or salmonella, while bones can present a choking hazard. Always make sure your pet’s food is thoroughly cooked, and wash your hands after preparing it!
- Milk and dairy products – Lactose, found in milk, can actually cause stomach upset in cats. It’s commonly fed to kittens, but what many many not realize is that their mother’s milk lacks lactose, which is much better suited to their needs.
- Grapes and raisins – these foods can cause kidney failure in cats, and should be avoided at all costs. A cat that ingests grapes or raisins may begin vomiting uncontrollably, or become hyperactive. Either way, veterinary care should be sought immediately.
- Dog food – Dog food is formulated for dogs, with vitamins and minerals that their bodies need to thrive. Cats need vitamin A, taurine, arachidonic acid and protein, Hills Pet maintains, which dog food just doesn’t have enough of.