Understand the real nutritional needs of cats-1
As a cat who is a complete carnivore, its body structure is specially developed for hunting and digesting prey. For this reason, the nutritional needs of cats are unique to cats, which are different from dogs or humans who tend to be omnivorous; then, what exactly do cats really need?
Cat’s unique needs
No need for carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are not a necessity in their diet. On the contrary, because cats lack certain enzymes that digest carbohydrates, excessive intake of carbohydrates will overwhelm their digestive system and affect protein absorption.
After cats eat foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates, their blood sugar will soar like humans. But we have to understand that, unlike omnivores that make good use of carbohydrates, a cat’s liver cannot effectively remove excess blood sugar and convert it to glycogen storage, and the excess blood sugar will be converted into excess fat. If a cat eats a lot of carbohydrates so that the blood sugar is often too high, it may eventually develop diabetes. Therefore, excessive consumption of carbohydrates is the main culprit of obesity and diabetes in the modern cat world.
Everyone knows that humans and other omnivores mainly rely on carbohydrates in their diets to produce the energy they need. However, because cats are born meat eaters, their natural body functions will try to use the protein and fat in the food to produce energy. Therefore, they need protein all the time to maintain blood sugar levels.
Cats are different from dogs and humans. Even if they do not provide enough protein in their diets, their bodies will not make special adjustments. Their livers will continue to secrete enzymes to break down proteins in their bodies to provide energy to build new ones. Cells and maintain the operation of other body functions.
In other words, if the protein in the diet is insufficient, the cat will automatically take out protein from the muscles or internal organs to relieve the urgent need; therefore, the lack of protein will cause the cat’s immunity and various body functions to be reduced.
Arginine is an essential amino acid for cats and dogs. But unlike dogs, cats cannot produce enough arginine on their own, so the arginine they need can only be obtained from food.
Arginine plays a very important role in the production of urea. If a cat eats a meal that is severely deficient in arginine, it is likely to be infected with Hypegmmonio within a few hours. This is because without enough arginine, the excess amonia in the cat’s body cannot be broken down and made into urea, so that it cannot be excreted from the body.
However, if the cat has a proper daily diet (that is, mainly meat), there is no need to worry about lack of arginine, because animal tissues contain a lot of arginine.