Dogs are from Venus and Cats are from Mars but both are Carni-vores!
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
We understand the confusion that surrounds every pet owner. Different owners have different approaches to diet, some insist on a fresh, bloody, meaty diet while others stand firmly by rice, vegetables with a side of lean meat. To understand how to best nourish your companion, we must first agree that all living creatures must eat what they were created to eat in order to thrive.
In nature, herbivores must eat vegetation and likewise carnivores require meat for survival. You wouldn’t feed rats to a horse, nor would you feed grass to a snake. Granted, in certain circumstances they might consume what’s given for survival. But they would only thrive if given a diet suited to the needs of their body and digestive system. Keeping that in mind, let us now consider our beloved companion’s ancestry to understand about their ideal nutritional requirements.
Cats were domesticated from African wild cats and dogs from grey wolves. Both species are carnivores. Meat eaters designed to acquire nutrients from animal sources.
By comparing, herbivores and carnivores, a closer look at their teeth and digestive tracts, it is evident that dog and cats are better suited to eat meat.
Herbivores with longer digestive tracts are optimised for the breaking down of plant matter (e.g. cellulose), while carnivores with shorter digestive tracts are more suited for highly digestible foods like meat.
In the wild, dogs and cats hunt small prey such as rabbit and mice.
Nutritional Breakdown of Small Prey
3% Ash (Vitamins & Minerals)
Using these nutritional percentages as a benchmark, we believe our companions would ultimately thrive and live their best lives on such species appropriate diets.
Please do not misinterpret me and go out setting traps for preys in parks, waiting to catch your companion some breakfast. we are merely suggesting that as you choose the right diet, do consider the nutritional percentages. For dry diets such as kibble and freeze-dried, refer to the dry matter percentages. For wet diets such as canned and raw, refer to the as-fed percentages.
Once again, these percentages are merely a guideline that you should consider alongside other factors such as digestibility, quality of ingredients, etc. We have seen many products on the market with close to the ideal percentages but due to poor digestibility of the food, it ultimately results in unmet nutritional requirements.
Apart from their biological need for meat as carnivores, your companion like ourselves would benefit from a diet that is unadulterated and minimally processed.
Moreover, the high temperatures during the processing of food decreases digestibility, denatures proteins, decreases nutrient value and even introduces carcinogens to your companion.
We hope that our little sharing session has cleared some confusion and given you a direction to better navigate the journey in choosing the best possible diet for your furry companion.
Personally, we have chosen to feed our four monsters with a homemade raw diet as we are confident in balancing their meals, ensuring each of their nutritional requirements are met. It has not been easy but the control we have over their diet makes the time and effort spent worthwhile.
For pet owners with a busy schedule or are squeamish with blood and/or guts, be rest assured. Feeding a raw homemade diet is not the only way to meet your pets’ nutritional requirements.
Next week, our personal ranking of 7 different diets and recommendation for a good diet.
Until next time, keep your tails wagging.
*Curious to know more about the ancestry of our companions? Drop us an email and we will send you the links!