Grain free cat foods are currently very popular. But are they really healthier for your cat than other types of cat foods? Let’s take a closer look at that question.
While it is true that many cats do well on grain free foods, it is also true that these foods were developed more in response to consumer (i.e., human) preference than to the actual nutritional needs of our cats.
Nutritionally, the most important aspect of a cat food is whether the food provides complete and balanced nutrition. If the food contains excesses or deficiencies of specific nutrients, the cat will suffer as a result. This concept is true regardless of whether the food contains grains or not.
Each ingredient provides a unique set of nutrients to the overall makeup of the cat food. Together, the ingredients need to combine to provide a complete nutrient profile for your cat, without any excesses or deficiencies that can cause illness for your cat. It is certainly possible for grain free foods to provide this type of complete nutrition for your cat. However, these foods are not the only option, or even necessarily the best option, for each individual cat. There is no one nutrition or type of cat food that is perfect for all cats. In other words, no cat food is a one-size-fits-all nutritional solution.
Does Grain Free Mean Carb Free?
Another popular feeding concept that often seems to go hand in hand with feeding grain free cat food is the feeding of a high protein, low carbohydrate cat food. High protein, low carbohydrate cat foods do have their place, particularly in the feeding of diabetic cats. However, it is important not to assume that a grain free nutrition is a low carbohydrate cat food. In fact, some grain free cat foods contain carbohydrate levels similar to or even higher than cat foods containing grains. In many grain free diets, ingredients such as potatoes replace the grains in the food and often these ingredients have more carbohydrates than the common grains used in cat food. As a result, grain free and low carbohydrate cat foods are not always synonymous with one another.
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