As a loving cat parent, you are most likely aware that cats are obligate carnivores. This means that their diet should be flesh-based.
Unlike humans, cats get their energy from fat and protein, not carbohydrates. It is also a fact that by nature, cats are not designed to digest grains.
Corn is actually a grain. Many low quality cat foods – and even some that claim to be ‘premium’ – contain a great deal of corn. It appears on the label as whole corn, corn, corn meal, corn meal gluten or corn grits.
While pet food companies insist corn is a protein source, in truth it is nothing more than filler. By using low quality ingredients like corn, by-products and wheat, profit margins are much greater.
In addition to corn being a poor source of protein, it can be downright harmful to both cats and dogs.
In cats, corn is a contributor to obesity, digestive disorders and diabetes. If it is used as a main protein in cat food in pace of high quality meat (meat should be listed as the first ingredient), it can lead to malnutrition and, in turn, a variety of organ diseases.
Corn is often the cause of skin and coat problems including excessive shedding and hot spots in both cats and dogs.
Another major issue with corn is, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, 81 – 86% of the corn grown in the U.S.A. is from genetically modified (GM) crops. In GM crops, non-food genes are added to the DNA of food. This is done to make the crop resilient to herbicides and can also cause the crop to produce toxic proteins that work as pesticides.
A recent study by the International Journal of Biological Sciences focused on three genetically modified corn crops that are widely used. This is what they found:
(The crops) caused statistically significant rates of kidney and liver malfunction, as well as some heart, adrenal, spleen and blood damage in rats.
Several European countries have already banned genetically modified crops, but it is perfectly legal in the U.S.
Fortunately, there is a wide variety of holistic, natural and organic cat foods that are completely corn and grain-free. They are available at many fine independent pet food supply stores throughout Broward County including The Doggy Store, Luke’s All Natural Pet Food, Animal House Pet Supplies, Fiesta Pet Deli (located inside the Festival Flea Market) and more.
Major pet superstores including PetCo, PetSmart and PetSupermarket also carry grain-free cat foods such as the Wellness line.
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