Saturday, January 23, 2016

Paleo Diet For Cats

Cat Eating Raw Fish
You've heard about the Paleo Diet? Now there's one for cats!

Following the growing trend to humanize companion animals, PetSmart plans to open specialty departments where Paleo Pet Parents can buy food similar to their own for their cats and dogs. The Paleo Diet specialty shops will open in 133 stores later this month. Some of the products will also be available on PetSmart's website.

If you're not familiar with it, the Paleo Diet mimics the way humans ate back in the day. That would be waaay back in the day, when we lived in caves and rubbed sticks together to make a fire to cook our food.

Like our distant, distant ancestors, Paleo Dieters eat only grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish and lots of veggies, fruits and nuts. ​Cavemen (and women) didn't eat grains, sugar and processed foods, and people on the Paleo Diet don't eat them either.

The desert wildcats who were our house cats' distant ancestors lived on lizards, rodents, small birds, and insects. Since water is hard to find in a desert, the cats got most of the moisture they needed from their food. Given a choice, our cats would still eat that way today, although mine would. and do, pass on the lizards.​ ​

PetSmart's Paleo Diet for cats and dogs is made by Only Natural Pet, ​an independent pet supply retailer and manufacturer based in Boulder, Col.

A press release says the food is manufactured "in small, artisanal facilities" using small-batch production processes. Ingredients include human-quality chicken, turkey, lamb and beef, as well as sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli and cabbage.

Sounds good, but it looks like a Paleo diet designed more for people than cats. ​ Cats need meat, not fruits and veggies. And while garbanzo beans might be good for you, they're probably not real useful for a cat. ​​

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