No Dry Food? That's right! We have chosen not to sell any dry food (kibble) for cats. We want to carry diets that will give cats long healthy lives. Unfortunately, dry food is one of the leading causes of illnesses in cats. Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Urinary Tract Infections...all of these can be a result of a dry food diet. The reason dry food diets cause so many health problems in cats is two fold:
Lack of Moisture - Cats lack a natural thirst drive and are designed to get their water through their diet. If they were to kill a mouse in the wild, that mouse would contain 75%-80% moisture. Most dry food diets only contain 10% moisture. Cats then will drink water, but they never drink enough to offset the water loss in their food. This causes cats to live in a constant state of mild dehydration, which is not good for their overall health, and many times leads to urinary tract infections and kidney disease.
Carbohydrates - Cats are obligate carnivores. They lack digestive enzymes to break down carbohydrates and starches. ALL dry food needs carbohydrates and starches to bind it together. Cats fed dry food are unable to digest 20% to sometimes 70% of their food. Many dry foods are also getting some protein from vegetables or grains, which your cat also cannot process. The carbohydrates in the food many times lead to diabetes in cats.
Instead of dry food for your cat, we find many cats love freeze-dried raw food as a healthy alternative.