I feed my cats a homemade raw diet. I think raw diets are the “gold standard” in feline diet. However, I will state loudly and adamantly up front – I THINK CANNED FOODS ARE A PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE CHOICE! However, there is NO DRY (KIBBLE) FOOD I deem acceptable. I will occasionally use a freeze-dried food, freeze-dried treat, or dehydrated treat as a TREAT, but not a meal… and you have to be CERTAIN they are truly freeze-dried, air-dried, or dehydrated, not processed – as many food labels are deceptive. Even if these items were ideal in every other way (low in carbohydrates, little-to-no veggies, fruit, grains, etc.) they are LACKING IN MOISTURE and that moisture is imperative to proper kidney and urinary tract health.
Posts Tagged ‘amino acids’
The topic of L-Carnitine came up on an online forum for diabetic caregivers recently. L-Carnitine is grouped among the amino acids (like Taurine), and is also known as Vitamin Bt. I’d known of the link of carnitine to weight loss and the recommendation to supplement carnitine for cats suffering hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). I also knew that carnitine levels were higher in raw meat than in cooked meat – but I didn’t realize how MUCH higher.