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Holistic veterinarians view pet nutrition from a whole-body perspective, taking into account not only the nutritional value of the food, but also how it affects the overall health and well-being of the animal. When it comes to cat food, this means paying attention to not just the ingredients, but also the source and processing of those ingredients.
One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a cat food is the quality of the protein. Holistic veterinarians recommend choosing a food that contains high-quality, animal-based protein, such as chicken, beef or turkey, rather than plant-based protein. Cats are obligate carnivores and they require a diet almost exclusively based on protein (a full amino acid profile) to thrive, a diet moderate in fat, and low in carbohydrates.
It’s also important to consider the inclusion of species-specific nutrients, such as taurine, which is essential for heart and eye health in cats. Holistic veterinarians also recommend sourcing a food that is free from artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors, as these can be harmful to a cat's health.
With regard to ingredients, it’s important to pay attention to how these ingredients are processed. Avoiding foods that have been altered or cooked at high temperatures is recommended, as this can lead to the loss of essential nutrients. Instead, choose a food that is minimally processed and made with fresh, whole ingredients.
Holistic veterinarians often recommend looking for a cat food that is made by a company that has a commitment to using high-quality, whole ingredients, and that is transparent about its sourcing and processing practices.
In summary, Holistic veterinarians most often recommend cat food that is made with high-quality animal-based protein, contains species-specific nutrients, and is free from artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. The cat food should be minimally processed and made with fresh, whole ingredients.
It's important to note that making homemade cat food requires a solid understanding of feline nutrition and it's important to work with a veterinarian to ensure that the diet is nutritionally balanced and appropriate for the cat's individual needs. A homemade diet can be tailored to the specific needs and health concerns of the individual cat. For example, cats with kidney disease may require a diet that is lower in protein, while cats with diabetes may require a diet that is lower in carbohydrates.
Healthy food will always be the foundation of a healthy life.
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