A recently published paper tells us that cats, left to decide which food is best for them, will choose a diet that is closely related to what Mother Nature would feed them. High protein, moderate fat, and low carbohydrates cat foods are what they chose to eat.
Mother Nature is quite wonderful. Even though cats have been domesticated for many years, their instincts tell them to search out a diet that closely resembles that of natural prey.
Briefly, cats were allowed to self select which foods to eat in both dry/kibble experiments and canned food experiments. Some of the cats were “naive” or new to having a choice or variety of cat food selections, and some of the cats were “experienced” at having a variety of cat food selections. The experiments showed, that regardless of how experienced the cat was at choosing which food to eat, all selected a diet that was high in protein, moderate fat, and low in carbohydrates. Some of the experiments even provided high fat or high carbohydrate diets on alternative days. Regardless how the foods were presented, the cats balanced out their own diet back to high protein, moderate fat, and low carbohydrate.
Let to their own choices, science tells us that cats choose a diet that is high protein, moderate fat and low carbohydrate. Now…if we can just get AAFCO and FDA to read this paper.
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The Guaranteed Analysis provides us with protein and fat minimum percentage (not maximum), yet we are not provided with the carbohydrate percentage. Sadly, obtaining the carbohydrate percentage of a pet food from the manufacturer is difficult (at best). In attempts to gain this information in the past, I’ve been told that this is proprietary information with many manufacturers.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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