Cat health: Pet food ingredients to avoid

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Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
A cat enjoys a bowl of food.
Do you practice preventive care for your cats? Like any good cat owner, you probably do the basics: flea prevention, vaccines, and cat insurance. But what about the food you feed them? Do you believe that all cat food is the same? Are you intimidated by pet food ingredient lists?

While most cat owners research medications and cat insurance options in depth– many don’t spend nearly as much time looking into pet food.

Veterinarian of over 30 years, Greg Martinez DVM is part owner of the Gilroy Veterinary Hospital in Santa Clara Valley. Dr. Martinez wishes his clients would pay a little more attention to what they feed their pets.

“30% of my medical cases are related to common allergenic commercial ingredients in pet food,” wrote Dr. Martinez in an email.

Allergic reactions from pet food can appear as a variety of cat health symptoms. These include diarrhea, ear infections, and dry, itchy skin.

Hyperallergenic ingredients in cat foods that cause the most cat health care issues include wheat, soy, corn, beef and even fish. These are general ingredients you should seek to eliminate from your cat’s diet. Taking that step will be more beneficial than ruling out “by-products.” The term “by-product” simply refers to different parts of an animal, when in fact this is what cats are supposed to eat.

Cats are carnivores, meaning they need to eat animal-based protein. Pet food companies often rate their protein levels from plant-based proteins like grains, corn, and rice. These ingredients are often used to keep prices low, but they also keep the quality of nutrition low.

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Starting at home, paying more attention to the ingredients you feed your cat can help him overcome or prevent issues that often result in stressful vet visits.

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