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“One article I read said that one in five cats over the age of 15 get kidney disease,” explains Williams Shift Lead Josie Stewart-Lewis. “So, it’s a prevalent problem in older cats. Most cats live in a state of constant mild dehydration. They’re evolved to get moisture from meat, so they don’t naturally drink enough water to stay hydrated. And being dehydrated is hard on the kidneys.”
“If you want most of the health benefits of feeding raw food, we recommend feeding at least 50 percent,” said Shoreline Store Lead Kelsey Deans. “For dogs, that can be a very easy transition to make. For example, with my own dog, I feed her half kibble and half raw. It’s a cost-effective way of meeting her nutritional needs [with some raw food].”
“Some cats are difficult when it comes to transitions,” explains Community Outreach Coordinator Allison Strange. “Cats are particular about texture in a way that dogs are not. Try to be patient and help them get used to that new texture in order to successfully transition.”
“People often don’t think about the differences between a carnivore’s body and herbivore’s body. It’s not just about teeth shape,” explains Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, Director of Dog and Cat Health and Nutrition at Mud Bay. “Herbivores have long digestive tracts that can efficiently break down plant matter so it can be used by their bodies. Carnivores, by comparison, have much shorter digestive tracts. And they don’t make the necessary digestive juices to fully digest plant matter.”
“Cats are what’s known as obligate carnivores,” explains Sammamish Store Manager Julie McCulloch. “That means their diet should primarily consist of high protein, high fat and little to no carbohydrate content. Any carbs they do tend to eat aren’t processed by their bodies very well, so carbohydrates can result in cats being more likely to be overweight.
“Pet cats have this reputation of being finicky,” explains Margaret Yim, “but their distinct food preferences are linked to the combination of proportionately fewer taste buds and this priming period in their early lives. They remember when they were kittens they ate a similar food and didn’t like it. And the reason they don’t like a food may not be tied to taste at all.”