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Dr. Raasch from Iams Answers our Readers Questions.
Some of you asked questions about cat food ingredients, proteins and other concerns you might have about your cat’s nutritional requirements in our post Which Protein is Best for your Cat. Dr. Raasch from Iams answered your questions in a personalized video. Our Friends Jayme and Maya’s questions are addressed in the first video.
Do you wonder what protein is best for your cat?
Food trends come and go. Many humans like to mix up their diets by trying a variety of foods and flavors. My mom is a foodie. She has developed award winning specialty food products and even now that she is a zoologist she still likes to learn about interesting new ingredients and innovative foods. Just ask my dad, you probably never want to go to the grocery store with her. She really likes to stalk the shelves for what’s new. But we cats, well we aren’t concerned with pink himalayan sea salt or agnolotti with celery-root puree. We just want protein.
Cats are obligate carnivores and we need to eat protein that contains 10 specific amino acids that we can’t make on our own. These essential amino acids are known as the building blocks for important biologically active compounds and proteins. If we become deficient even of just one essential amino acid, it can lead to serious health problems. Your cat’s menu should be made up almost entirely of protein sources from meat. This is why we cats are always on the prowl for the amino acids in protein.
Do you have questions about cat food ingredients?
Cats (Felis silvestris catus), are part of the family Felidae in the order Carnivora, and that makes us obligate carnivores. This is a known and accepted scientific fact. Even so, some humans like to argue about the cat’s obligate carnivore status. When these discussions start I can’t help but yawn and curl up for a nap.
Cats are unique!
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander works because they are the same species. What’s good for the human and perhaps even for the dog is not always good for the cat. We cats are unique! The feline’s sense of taste is distinguished by a lack of attraction to compounds that taste sweet to humans, such as sugars and high-intensity sweeteners. This is the opposite of the attraction for sweets shown by most omnivores and herbivores and even some other carnivores such as the dog*.
Here is why:
The indifference that cats display toward sweet-tasting compounds contrasts with their
otherwise normal taste behavior toward stimuli of other taste modalities. For example, cats show
preference for selected amino acids and generally avoid stimuli that to humans taste either bitter or very sour. Congruent with these behavioral responses to taste stimuli, recordings from cat taste nerve fibers, and from units of the geniculate ganglion innervating taste cells, demonstrate responses to salty, sour and bitter stimuli as well as to amino acids and nucleotides, but do not show neural responses to sucrose and several other sugars. The senses of taste in the cat, in general, is therefore similar to that of other mammals, with the exception of an inability to taste sweet stimuli (Xia Li,2005)
Iams Premium Protection Senior Cat is committed to the well-being of cats and dogs and knows how important it is to keep pets healthy to live a long and happy life as members of the family. Just like Rita at PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary works hard and is committed to ensure the senior cats in her care live a great life. This commitment to cats living long healthy lives inspired Iams nutritionists to work with veterinarians to create Iams Premium Protection Senior Cat.
This formula has PreBiotics that work inside the digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and strong defenses. Iams Premium Protection Senior Cat chow has a 2-part fiber system for healthy digestion and contains high levels of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for healthy joints and mobility that enable us to keep leaping like tigers!
They enhanced this chow with L-Carnitine to help keep us at a healthy weight and added high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E, to keep our immune systems strong. All cats need taurine to maintain heart and eye health, so they added the right amount to the Premium Protection formula.
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