Since the tainted pet food scare in the United States in 2007– when pet food poisoned with the chemical melamine caused kidney failure and the death of 16 pet cats – it has been categorically stated that cats are more susceptible than dogs to toxins, chemical agents, preservatives, and additives present in non-organic cat foods. There are also serious concerns about animal byproducts (and other undesirable ingredients such as dead or dying livestock and roadkill) that are included in non-organic cat food, and the consequences of feeding animals to members of their own species in what amounts to gruesome cannibalism.
Organic cat food is certified free of chemical agents, contaminants, or toxins, nor does it contain animal byproducts such as offal and bone meal. By moving your cat to organic cat food, you are ensuring that your pet gets the best form of protein from human-grade organic meat and chicken.
The benefits of organic cat food include:
Cats have an amazing sense of smell (approximately 14 times stronger than ours), which is why non-organic cat food is heavily laced with artificial coloring and flavoring agents to disguise the smell of grain, offal, and bulking agents. Cats can easily sniff out the organic meat, chicken, or turkey ingredients in organic food. With the sense of smell so closely linked to taste, organic cat food is not only the healthier food option, but also the tastier one!
As carnivores, your cat’s nutritional needs are very different from a dog’s. Cats do not need carbohydrates, and get most of their nutrition from animal-based proteins. Non-organic food fails to meet this need, as – apart from animal byproducts – it contains grain-based foods and bulk fillers. Organic cat food contains human-grade organic meat, chicken, or turkey (some even include seafood) to meet your cat’s dietary requirements. The result is obvious in a thick coat, bright eyes, perky ears, and general alertness.
Organic cat food also contains more oxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, which leads to a lustrous coat and a stronger immune system that can withstand illness or disease. Organic cat food is also more digestible, so that immunity-boosting nutrients are absorbed more readily. This translates to fewer visits to the vet.
Better intestinal health
The mish-mash of ingredients in non-organic foods can cause digestive upsets – particularly vomiting or diarrhea after meals. Organic cat food contains probiotics to promote intestinal health, as well as quality organic meat and whole grains that are easily digestible. Going organic helps your cat digest nutrients easily and boosts the digestive system. The result? A healthier, happier cat, with fewer tummy upsets.
Better dental health
Cats are genetically programmed to tear skin and chew raw meat, and the scraping and grinding action helps kept their gums and teeth healthy and clean. Crunching and gnawing organic dry foods and kibbles has much the same effect. The difference between non-organic kibbles and organic ones is that while the former contain a whole cocktail of additives (not to mention animal byproducts that are rarely listed), organic kibbles are made from wholesome ingredients, rich in amino acids, that are certified free of chemicals, preservatives, and additives.
Fewer skin infections and allergies
Skin conditions such as irritation or allergies are common among cats on non-organic food, and are linked to the synthetic chemicals, artificial coloring and flavoring agents, and pesticides they contain. Instead of trying expensive remedies that rarely work, move to organic cat food. Organic cat food contains no toxic or artificial agents, and supplies your pet with highly nutritive animal proteins and grains.
Optimal body weight
While cats in the wild burn off their food by defending their territory, hunting, and generally being cats, domesticated cats need to restrict their calorie intake to avoid excessive weight and the resulting discomfort. As organic cat food is free of the bulky fiber found in non-organic foods, and instead contains animal proteins, your cat will probably need less food to feel satiated, instead of gobbling down a bowlful that only adds unhealthy weight.
Cats groom themselves by licking their fur, picking up fur that passes into the intestine and is normally eliminated. Sometimes, however, this buildup of hair forms a hairball that could become lodged in the stomach, at which time your cat may be able to vomit it out. If, however, the hairball is lodged in the intestine, it could lead to severe problems. Organic cat food contains the necessary balance of high protein and fiber to help your cat eliminate hairballs naturally.
As in the case of organic dog food, don’t confuse quality organic cat food with food labeled “premium,” “super premium,” “ultra premium” or “gourmet.” These labels are not required to contain any higher-quality ingredients. Similarly, don’t confuse “natural” with “organic.” Only the organic label guarantees a quality organic certified cat food.
Go online to look for organic food coupons, so you can make the most of discount offers and special bargains from online producers/manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers.
Cats are finicky by nature, so try out different types of dry and wet organic cat foods which are canned, till you’re sure your cat is getting the most suitable type.
Look out for retailers or wholesalers who offer discounts on bulk orders of organic cat food recipes. However, don’t ever buy in bulk unless you’re sure your cat likes the particular brand, and the food can be eaten well within its expiration date.