Feline Nutrition : Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of Your Cat
Cats, through desert adaptation, require water as a component of their food. They also lack the metabolic pathways to efficiently process plant material, thus defining them as obligate carnivores; their food should consist only of meat, fat, bones, and organs. These are two very simple yet fundamental facts of feline nutrition. A cat is soley designed to hunt, kill, eat, and process meat. Through millions of years of evolution, cats have developed unique characteristics of anatomy, physiology, metabolism, and behavior indicative of obligate carnivores. Many feline diseases such as diabetes, obesity, urinary tract disorders, chronic renal disease, and irritable bowel syndrome can be directly attributed to low moisture, low-meat-protein, and high-carbohydrate levels that plague many of today's commercially produced cat foods. Many cats survive on these dry, supplemented, plant-based diets but they do not thrive. This book will discuss basic feline anatomy and physiology (explaining how a cat's body metabolizes nutrients) coupled with interpreting pet food labels which will help you make healthy selections whether choosing to purchase commercial foods or making a home-prepared raw diet to feed your cat.
- Paperback | 119 pages
- 150 x 224 x 12mm | 199.58g
- 13 Jul 2011
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- North Charleston SC, United States
- black & white illustrations
About Lynn Curtis
Lynn is a former, professionally-trained, veterinary technician and has been a feline advocate for over two decades. She has spent more than 25 years working in the fields of biology and chemistry. Lynn's experience with her own cats, one dying at nine years of age from chronic renal disease and the others diagnosed with varying medical ailments, inspired her to seek an answer to their health challenges. Diet was the key. Lynn's knowledge of feline nutrition lead to the creation of the Feline Nutrition Awareness Effort, an online venue founded to educate care-givers and advocate for optimum feline nutrition through a species-appropriate diet whether produced commercially or prepared at home.