WEIGHT MANAGEMENT IN CATS
Rhinna the kitty has recently started a specialized diet put together for her by our vet Dr. Amanda. She needed helping losing some weight. 🐱
At the beginning of the diet, carbs are Rhinna’s main source of energy. Dr. Amanda does not expect Rhinna will lose much, if any weight in the first month of the diet. This month will just be getting her used to the diet. Unfortunately weight loss in kitties can be a slow process (as with all of us, we guess 😉!) As the diet progresses, the carb/protein ratio comes back to what you’re more used to seeing, with the addition of the liver and more meat.
There are many sources that state that higher protein vs carbohydrates are better. However, in veterinary medicine, the ideal balance is actually closer to 70% carbs and 20% protein. We know that this seems counter to what a ‘wild cat’ would consume, however we often forget that much of what a prey animal consumes also includes the stomach contents of the prey. In the case of a domestic cat, they would catch mice and rats which fed on grains and other carbohydrates. The stomach contents of these small creatures actually makes up quite a bit of the cats diet.
Dr. Amanda has altered the ratios for Rhinna to help with her weight loss, bringing the final amounts to 32% protein and 45% carbs. If the protein is much higher than this, it can cause other health concerns, such as kidney disease. The kidneys have to work very hard to process protein in the body, so we need to properly balance the amounts of protein consumed.
Dr. Amanda is helping a lot of our pet parents with customized recipes for their pets. Please let us know if you need one too.
Rhinna is also taking some NHV supplements to help her make the most of this diet and cope with other health concerns like food allergies, skin breakouts and poor metabolism. #NHVpets #naturallyhealthypets