I have seen a few friends having health issues with their cats and dogs very recently, particularly with major kidney issues, which prompted me to write this article on pet health.
Just like our health is dependent on the food we eat, which becomes the ingredients for making our cells, giving us energy, and for our ...bodies to do all the processes we need to stay alive, the same with our pets. Are your pets getting the best nutrition for their health?
Most health issues in humans comes from a diet high in processed foods. Sadly our pets also suffer from having processed foods, which unfortunately makes up MOST of their diets these days - their highly processed dried food or "kibble".
Cats and dogs are carnivorous animals and require lots of high quality protein, much more than humans do. Their natural diets consist of a lot of raw protein from many sources, and a smaller amount of other nutrients. Raw proteins (from meats) contains 70% water, which is important to keep kidney function working well.
Unfortunately the dried kibble food marketed to cats and dogs is not only highly processed, but overcooked (which denatures the proteins and makes a lot of it unavailable for use in their body), dehydrated (very low in water content, which stresses the kidneys and liver), and is also low in quality protein, but high in carbohydrates (mainly grains - which they should NOT be eating).
Processed cat and dog foods, including kibble and even the canned food, makes them unhealthy and reduces their quality of life and their lifespan. These "foods" contain animal byproducts which can't be sold for human consumption, such as expired meat, road kill, GMO grains and starches - none of which are good for their health.
Instead please feed your pets what they are more naturally inclined to eat - mainly raw and unprocessed meat, bones, and some healthy fats and a little veg. They will be much happier for this, and their health and quality of life will be better too! Ask your local butcher for suitable meat offcuts and bones for your pets.