What makes more sense than feeding a biologically appropriate diet to our pets?
Chronic diseases can be directly linked to the practice of feeding processed, cooked food to our cats. Processing food destroys and alters enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted a 10 year feeding study to determine the effects of heat-processed food on cats. This study involved over 900 cats. Pottenger Study and http://www.price-pottenger.org/ The results speak for themselves!
"A cat consuming a predominantly dry-food diet does drink more water than a cat consuming a canned food, or preferably raw, diet, but in the end, when water from all sources is added together (what’s in their diet plus what they drink), the cat on dry food consumes approximately HALF the amount of water compared with a cat eating canned, or raw foods. This is a crucial point when one considers how common kidney and bladder problems are in the cat."
Dr. Pierson, DVM
Cats are one of evolution's most successful predators. They never needed to develop the ability to metabolize and synthesize nutrients from plant matter. Not only are they unable to utilize grains & carbohydrates, but these can actually cause harm.
"Your cat was built by Mother Nature to get her nutritional needs met by the consumption of a large amount of animal-based proteins (meat) and derives much less nutritional support from plant-based proteins (grains). It means that cats lack specific metabolic (enzymatic) pathways and cannot utilize plant proteins as efficiently as animal proteins."
"Cats have a physiological decrease in the ability to utilize carbohydrates due to the lack of specific enzymatic pathways that are present in other mammals, and the lack a salivary enzyme called amylase. Cats not only have no dietary need for carbohydrates, but too many carbohydrates can actually be detrimental to their health."
Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM, Feeding Your Cat: Know The Basics Of Feline Nutrition
Both the act of processing food and the feeding of grains changes the cat's naturally acidic PH. Beginning with the mouth (causing dental disease) and ending with their digestive and urinary tracts (IBD, renal failure and FLUTD).
It is a fallacy that high protein diets causes renal disease (kidney disease) It is also a fallacy that low protein diets are the correct treatment for kidney disease. Protein is not a single molecule. It is a group of molecules collectively called amino acids. Poor quality protein is deficient in one or more of these amino acids, which the body cannot manufacture. In general, plant proteins are deficient in one or more amino acids. Combinations of plant proteins (e.g., corn, wheat and beans) can provide complete protein but you have to know the essential amino acid balance of the constituent plant foods to combine them properly. And these plant sources must be bio-available to the animal. Animal proteins provide a better balance of amino acids than do plant proteins. With eggs having very nearly an ideal balance. If poor quality protein is fed, the excess amino acids cannot be used as building blocks, and the body must get rid of their nitrogenous waste products via the kidneys.