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Grains are Very, Very Bad for Your Obligate Carnivore Cat, Carnivore Dog
Grains are one of the worst ingredients for cats (obligate carnivores) and dogs (carnivores). They need meat, not harmful fillers like grains.
“This is very easy to understand,” says Roger Biduk. “According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) 55 percent of adult cats and 53 percent of adult dogs and are officially overweight or obese. This isn’t because they eat too much or don’t get enough exercise, it’s 100% because of dangerous and cheap fillers like grains, corn and other garbage ingredients that are full of carbohydrates and sugar in store-bought and veterinarian-recommended kibble. I don’t have to worry about that… my Siberian Husky is the healthiest dog around because he’s fed a 100% balanced, enzyme-rich raw-meat diet and unlike 90% of pet owners I will never, ever have to bring him to see a veterinarian because of a food-related illness or disease leading to premature death!”.
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM, does not mince words about the connection between grains in cat food and feline diabetes. On her fabulous website she states, “Feline diabetes is not the natural fate of hundreds of thousands of pet cats world-wide. It is, rather, a human-created disease that is reaching epidemic proportions because of the highly artificial foods that we have been feeding our feline companions for the past few decades. Without the constant feeding of highly processed, high carbohydrate dry foods better suited to cattle than cats, adult-onset feline diabetes would be a rare disease, if it occurred at all.
“A highly processed, grain-based diet fed to an animal designed to thrive on a meat-based, fresh food diet is very likely to produce symptoms of ill health over time. Diets to address disease most frequently deal with the symptoms that are the result of a lifetime of inappropriate food, not the true cause of their symptoms.
“The optimum diet for a dog or a cat should closely resemble their natural diet.
A diet balanced heavily toward grain promotes insulin production and the production of inflammatory chemicals. Over-production of insulin makes it hard for the body to maintain its correct weight, and can lead to diabetes and other problems. An overabundance of inflammatory chemicals means more aches and pains.”
What do farmers feed hogs and cattle to fatten them up for market? Carbohydrates!!! Grains and Corn. That is what most pet food consists of. Carbs just make you hungry because they all turn to sugar in our systems (and also in dogs and cats).
“Grains are not needed, digestible or good for our carnivorous pets.” Dr. Jeannie Thomason, CVND. Read More on Grains.
On the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently telling veterinarians to discourage pet owners from feeding raw petfood diets: “Sorry, AVMA, you are all wet on this one. My own raw fed dogs have been healthier for the past 20 years than my clients’ dog food eating dogs. Are we veterinarians promoting health or the pet food industry, with all its recalls, Chinese ingredients, and biologically inappropriate diets? And why in the world is AVMA worrying about what perhaps 2.5% of the pet food market does? Surely there are serious problems affecting more pets than this… how about the jerky treats from China that are actually killing dogs, which FDA refuse to order recalled.” Dr. Laurie S. Coger, DVMwww.WholisticVet.com
You’ve probably heard some veterinarian, pet food manufacturer or someone in conversation say that grains (rice, barley, oats, etc.) are very good ingredients in cat and dog foods, are easy to digest and will give your cats and dogs “energy & vitality”. I certainly have.
You also may have heard from those same sources that dogs are omnivores and not carnivores.
You’ll know different after reading on!
In the wild, the diet of a canine/feline consists of only meat. As pets, dogs may eat foods that contain some vegetables (cats should not) that are given to them by humans but not nearly enough to classify them as omnivores, and grains definitely have never been, are not now nor will they ever, ever be a part of a dog or cat`s natural diet. Humans are much more “omnivorous” than dogs will ever be.
Because cats are obligate carnivores, they shouldn’t eat anything but meat; no fruits, no vegetables and absolutely never, ever any grains!
You MUST ALWAYS keep in mind that to stay healthy and to live a long life (along with staying out of the vet’s office), carnivores (dogs) and obligate carnivores (cats) need to eat meat, meat and more meat!
Cats are members of the family “felidae”, the strictest carnivores (obligate carnivores) of the sixteen mammal families in the order Carnivora.
The dog family is a group of intelligent, carnivorous mammals that includes domestic dogs and their relatives which include coyotes, wolves, foxes, jackals, dholes, raccoon dogs and bush dogs.
They’re known scientifically as Canidae, are definitely carnivores and its members are commonly called canids and are members of the order Carnivora.
Herbivores like goats, sheep, cows and horses eat grains (but only in captivity).
However, horses, cows, pigs, goats and rabbits only eat grains when they are fed to them by humans, usually to fatten them up. Normally, they would eat grasses and leaves from pastures and other vegetables. There are NO mammals who eat a significant amount of grain as part of their natural diet, including humans.
GRAINS NOT GREAT FOR HUMANS EITHER
That includes humans up until the last ten thousand years or so (the advent of agriculture) and that quantity was still much, much lower than it was after the industrial revolution. It then grew progressively worse as low fat diets that suggested more grains were promoted by U.S. and other governments, right in line with “the obesity crisis” and Type II Diabetes!
According to a growing number of experts including Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut. Dr. Cordain explains: “There’s no human requirement for grains. That’s the problem with the USDA recommendations. They think we’re hardwired as a species to eat grains. You can get by just fine and meet every single nutrient requirement that humans have without eating grains. And grains are absolutely poor sources of vitamins and minerals compared to fruits, vegetables, meat and fish.” You can read more on this here.